5th Avenue artistic director David Armstrong directs Saving Aimee, which began previews Sept. 30 and will continue through Oct. 29. Saving Aimee has book and lyrics by actress, writer and talk-show host Gifford, and music by Friedman and Pomeranz.
Two-time Tony nominee Carmello (Parade, Hello Again, Lestat, The Addams Family) created the role of McPherson in the 2007 world-premiere staging of Saving Aimee at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. The writers have refined the material since its debut.
The cast of Saving Aimee also includes Tony winner Judy Kaye, fresh off the world premiere of Tales of the City, as Minnie Kennedy; Roz Ryan (Dreamgirls) as Emma Jo Schaffer; as well as Ed Dixon (Mary Poppins, Sunday in the Park With George); Ed Watts (Finian's Rainbow); Charles Leggett; and Brandon O'Neill (Aladdin at the 5th Avenue).
Completing the ensemble are Charissa Bertels, Jared Michael Brown, Christian Duhamel, Richard Gray, Cayman Ilika, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Cheryl Massey-Peters, Corrina Lapid-Munter, Heath Saunders, Aaron Shanks, Tim Shew, Mara Solar, Billie Wildrick and Matt Wolfe.
Saving Aimee has choreography by Lorin Laterro, music direction by Joel Fram, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, set design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Gregory A. Poplyk, lighting design by Tom Sturg, sound design by Ken Travis and hair and makeup design by Mary Pyanowski.