East Haddam, Connecticut's Goodspeed Musicals opens its world premiere of Anne of Green Gables: A New Musical July 17. The show, which began previews July 15, will run through September 4.
Starring as Anne Shirley is Juliette Redden, with Michelle Veintimilla (The Visit) as Diana Barry, Sharon Catherine Brown (Caroline, Or Change) as Marilla Cuthbert, Aurelia Williams (Once On This Island) as Rachel Lynde, Pierre Marais as Gilbert Blythe, and D.C. Anderson as Matthew Cuthbert.
Emily Agy, Jarred Bedgood, Tristen Buettel, Giovanni Da Silva, Amanda Ferguson, Patrick Oliver Jones, Nick Martinez, Morgan McGhee, Jenna Lea Rosen, and Avery Sobczak feature in the ensemble, while Elaine Cotter and Sam Pickart serve as swings.
A folk-rock musical adaptation of the classic story by L. M. Montgomery, the show follows Anne Shirley, a young girl freshly arrived on Prince Edward Island and adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, as she makes a place for herself in the world. This adaptation features a book and lyrics by Matte O'Brien, and music by Matt Vinson.
Jenn Thompson directs the production, which features choreography by Jennifer Jancuska (Hamilton), music supervision by Amanda Morton (KPOP), music direction by Matthew Smedal, scenic design by Wilson Chin (Pass Over), costume design by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg (Mrs. Doubtfire), sound design by Jay Hilton, and hair and wig Design by J. Jared Janas (How I Learned to Drive). Orchestrations are by Justin Goldner, and Bradley G. Spachman is production stage manager.
Casting for this production is by Binder Casting's Chad Eric Murnane and Amber Snead, with additional casting by Carrie Gradner. Anne of Green Gables is produced by special arrangement with Justin Nichols, Eric Cornell, and Jack Sennott.
For tickets and more information, visit Goodspeed.org.