Betsy Wolfe, Rocío Del Mar Vallés, Amy Justman and More Join Public Theater's Pirates of Penzance Gala Event in Central Park

By Adam Hetrick
June 5, 2013

Betsy Wolfe, Rocío Del Mar Vallés, Amy Justman and Asa Somers have joined the Public Theater's June 10 gala performance of The Pirates of Penzance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, starring Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short and Anika Noni Rose.

Wolfe (The Last Five Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) will portray Edith, with Del Mar Vallés (Giant, Zorro) as Isabel.

They join the previously announced Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline (Cyrano, On the Twentieth Century, "A Fish Called Wanda") as the Pirate King, Tony Award winner Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden) as Ruth, Eric Idle (Spamalot) as the Sergeant, Tony winner Martin Short (Little Me, The Goodbye Girl) as Major-General Stanley, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change, "Dreamgirls") as Mabel, Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) as Kate, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) as Frederick and Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Samuel.

The ensemble includes Becca Ayers, Craig Bennett, Sarah Bolt, Alvin Crawford, Doug Eskew, Maryann Hu, Amy Justman, Justin Keyes, Orville Mendoza, Darius Nichols, Eliseo Román, Martín Solá, Asa Somers, Matthew Stocke, Frank Vlastnik and Kevin Vortmann.

The one-night-only production will be directed by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza, See What I Wanna See), with musical staging by original choreographer Graciela Daniele. James Moore will musical direct.

Read Playbill.com's feature with Sperling and his work on Pirates of Penzance here.

The 1980 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was adapted by William Elliot and choreographed by Daniele. It was first staged at the Delacorte by Wilford Leach in August 1980 prior to transferring to a Tony Award-winning Broadway run in December.

Meryl Streep and Sir Howard Stringer will host the evening that will pay tribute to late Academy Award-winning writer Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"), who died June 26, 2012. Ephron's new play Lucky Guy opened on Broadway April 1.

The Public Theater will plant a flowering cherry tree in Central Park across from the Delacorte Theater in honor of Ephron. Stringer, Arielle Tepper Madover and Renée Beaumont will serve as gala co-chairs for the event.

The Public's Shakespeare in the Park season features The Comedy of Errors, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater (May 28-June 30); and the new musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, directed and written by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman (July 23-Aug. 18).

To receive an invitation to The Public Theater gala, call (212) 539-8547 or email gala@publictheater.org. Visit PublicTheater.org.

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