Anderson, Spiedel, Bell and More to Join Davidson in Surflight's Chicago

News   Anderson, Spiedel, Bell and More to Join Davidson in Surflight's Chicago
Complete casting has been announced for the Surflight Theatre's production of Chicago, which stars veteran stage and screen actor John Davidson, most recently on Broadway in State Fair.
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As previously reported, Davidson will be slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Surflight's production of the award-winning John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, which will play the Long Beach Island venue July 1-20. Andrew Glant Linden directs. Davidson will be joined onstage by his daughter, Ashleigh Davidson, as Roxie Hart with Maggie Anderson as Velma and Susie Spiedel as Matron "Mama" Morton with Mackenzie Bell, Jeremy Bohmstein, Liberty Cogan, Jason Edward Cook, Andrew Eckert, Andrew Foote, Thomas Gibbons, Brent Goble, Becca Gottlieb, Austin Riley Green, Gregory Hanks, Karyn McNay, Jackie Mercandetti, Dennis Necseary, Alexandra Paddock and Jesse Rodriguez.

The creative team also includes co-choreographers Michael A. Blackmon and Andre Glant-Linden, scenic designer Joseph Trainor, sound designer Joseph Bree, costume designer Andi Lyn, lighting designer Eileen Smitheimer and musical director Michael McAssey.

John Davidson starred as Abel Frake in the 1996 Broadway production of State Fair, which marked his return to the Broadway stage 30 years after making his debut in Foxy with Bert Lahr. Perhaps best known to TV viewers from many variety and game shows, Davidson began his career starring in such musicals as Oklahoma! Camelot, Li'l Abner, Paint Your Wagon, The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do! and The Music Man. His film credits include "The Happiest Millionaire," "The One and Only Original Family Band," "The Squeeze," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Airport '80."

The Surflight Theatre is located on Engleside and Beach Avenues in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Tickets, priced $19-$29, are available by calling (609) 492-9477. Visit for more information.

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