PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with the Cast of the New Musical Somewhere in Time
By Matthew Blank
The world-premiere musical Somewhere in Time, starring Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Marc Kudisch, officially opened June 5 at Portland Center Stage after previews that began May 28. A team of cast members share these photos from rehearsal, backstage and around Portland.
Somewhere in Time has music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz with a book by Macbeth, Altar Boyz and Godspell producer Ken Davenport. Scott Schwartz (Jane Eyre, Golda's Balcony) helms the musical that will run through June 30.
Samonsky (South Pacific, Queen of the Mist) stars as Richard Collier opposite Elless (Off-Broadway's The Other Josh Cohen, Mamma Mia! national tour) as Elise McKenna; Kudisch (The Apple Tree, Assassins, 9 to 5) as Robinson, the controlling character who manages actress McKenna; and veteran actor David Cryer (Lend Me a Tenor, The Phantom of the Opera) as Arthur.
The ensemble features Leslie Becker, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erin Burniston, Meggie Cansler, Cory English, Leslie Flesner, Lizzie Klemperer, Erik Liberman, Sharonlee McLean, Jared Miller, Benjie Randall and Tad Wilson.
Here's how the creative team bills the musical: "In Somewhere in Time, young playwright Richard Collier has an encounter with a mysterious old woman on the opening night of his earliest success; she entreats him, to his bewilderment, to 'come back to me.' Several years later, with his life and career in disarray, he seeks quiet and contemplation and checks in to a storied hotel from his youth. But his stay at the hotel turns into the journey of a lifetime as he unravels history-and time-to discover a powerful but perhaps impossible love."
John Carrafa (Into the Woods) choreographs Somewhere in Time, which has musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello (West Side Story, Gypsy), scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Jeff Cone, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and orchestrations by Doug Katsaros and Bruce Coughlin.
The original 1980 film "Somewhere in Time" starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
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