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Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On! and Blues in the Night), artistic director of Pasadena Playhouse, directs the production, which continues through June 23. The romantic musical based on the hit film began previews May 24.
The cast includes Gleason (The Phantom of the Opera) as Sam, West (A Christmas Story) as Jonah, Schwartz (Wicked, Gypsy) as Annie, Sabrina Sloan ("American Idol," Catch Me if You Can) as Becky, Todd Buonopane ("30 Rock," Happy Days) as Rob, Cynthia Ferrer ("General Hospital," "Georgia Rule") as Eleanor, Katharine Leonard (Hairspray) as Victoria, Robert Mammana (Les Misérables, "Dexter") as Walter, Adam Silver ("Californication," "The Runaways") as Greg, Lowe Taylor (The Marvelous Wondrettes) as Suzy and Carter Thomas (Mary Poppins national tour) as Jonah alternate.
Rounding out the ensemble are Sachin Bhatt (Bombay Dreams), Terron Brooks ("The Temptations," The Lion King), Jay Donnell ("Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean"), Charissa Hogeland, Teya Patt ("Weeds") and Yuka Takara (A Chorus Line, Rent, Flower Drum Song).
Sleepless in Seattle has a book by Jeff Arch, music by Ben Toth and lyrics by Sam Forman. It's based on the Columbia Pictures film that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
According to Playhouse notes, "Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical centers around Sam, a widower and single father. When Sam's son, Jonah calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away in Baltimore, Annie hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to another man. Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam, who, meanwhile, contends with an onslaught of letters from available women equally touched by his phone call."
The American Film Institute (AFI) lists "Sleepless in Seattle" among the Top 10 Best Romantic Comedies of all time. The film grossed over $227 million dollars worldwide. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.