Kate Baldwin and Burke Moses Will Head Cast of Arena Stage Music Man; Complete Company Announced
By Andrew Gans
Casting has been announced for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s upcoming production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, which will run May 11-July 22 on the Fichandler Stage.
Artistic director Molly Smith will helm the classic family musical, which stars the previously announced Kate Baldwin (Tony Award nominee for Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow) as Marian the librarian, who will be joined by Burke Moses (original Gaston in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) as Harold Hill.
The cast will also feature Will Burton (Tommy Djilas), Juliane Godfrey (Zaneeta Shinn), Nehal Joshi (Marcellus Washburn), Donna Migliaccio (Mrs. Paroo), John Lescault (Mayor Shinn) and Barbara Tirrell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) with Ian Berlin as Winthrop Paroo, Heidi Kaplan as Amaryllis and Jamie Goodson as Gracie Shinn. Colin James Cech and Mia Goodman appear as River City kids.
Rounding out the cast are Sasha Olinick as Charlie Cowell/Constable Locke, Katerina Papacostas as Ethel Toffelmeir, Joe Peck as Ewart Dunlop/Traveling Salesman, Lawrence Redmond as Oliver Hix/Traveling Salesman, Michael Brian Dunn as Jacey Squires, Justin Lee Miller as Olin Britt, Tina Stafford as Alma Hix, Janet Aldrich as Maude Dunlop and Rayanne Gonzales as Mrs. Squires. Eric Shorey, Jessica Wu, Scott Shendenhelm, Kristen J. Smith, Nicholas Yenson and Christina Kidd make up the ensemble cast. Alissa Alter is the Female Swing and Kurt Domoney is Male Swing.
The production will also feature choreography by Parker Esse and musical direction by Lawrence Goldberg, set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Judith Bowden, lighting design by Dawn Chiang, sound design by Tim Thompson, associate direction by Anita Maynard-Losh, assistant choreography by Ashley Yeater and assistant music direction by Jose Simbulan. Dan Pruksarnukul is the casting director. Susan White is the stage manager, and Jenna Henderson is the assistant stage manager.
The Music Man features book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.
"Having exhausted all 102 counties in Illinois, 'Professor' Harold Hill gives Iowa a try and soon enough convinces River City of its trouble with the 'sin and corruption' of the pool hall, trouble that can only be stopped by forming a boys’ band," according to press notes. "Marian the librarian suspects he’s a con man, but she begins to trust him after seeing how he’s given confidence to her shy younger brother. Soon, this 'Music Man' has transformed the entire town, not only turning the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, but himself into an honest man.
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