Begley, Douglas Are River City's Leaders in Pittsburgh CLO's Music Man, With Jeff Goldbum, July 6-18

News   Begley, Douglas Are River City's Leaders in Pittsburgh CLO's Music Man, With Jeff Goldbum, July 6-18
Ed Begley Jr. and Illeana Douglas, known for film and TV roles, play Mr. and Mrs. Shinn — the addled mayor of River City and his grand wife — in Pittsburgh CLO's The Music Man, in which Jeff Goldblum plays Prof. Harold Hill.
Jeff Goldbum
Jeff Goldbum

Performances play July 6-18 at the Benedum Center. Opposite Pittsburgh native Goldblum is Catherine Wreford as Marian the Librarian (she and Goldblum are engaged to be married). Goldblum grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Homestead and graduated from the old West Mifflin High School.  After moving to New York at the age of 17, he continued his acting education at the Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of legendary acting coach Sanford Meisner. Goldblum went on to star in three of the 15 highest grossing films of all time: "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park II" and "Independence Day." His screen credits include "Igby Goes Down." "Annie Hall," "The Big Chill, " "The Fly" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

Wreford was last seen in Pittsburgh as Peggy Sawyer in the national tour of 42nd Street.  On Broadway, she played Phyllis in 42nd Street and performed in the Susan Stroman-Trevor Nunn production of Oklahoma! She also appeared in the national tour of Annie Get Your Gun and in regional productions of West Side Story, The Music Man and The Sound of Music. Wreford trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Begley is known for TV's "St. Elsewhere" and appeared in "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show"; Douglas for turns in the films "Grace of My Heart" and "Ghostworld" and TV's "Action" (she is the granddaughter of actor Melvyn Douglas).

The cast, directed by Richard Sabellico, also includes Jim Walton as Marcellus Washburn; Matthew Serafini as Winthrop; Kristin Serafini as Gracie Shinn; Lyric Beth Ackelson as Amaryllis; Jonathan P. Clunies, George Lepsch, Ryan A. Perrotte and Richard Walker and the town council/barbershop quartet; players from Norwin High School will perform as the Marching Band; Tim Brady as Charlie Cowell, Jeff Howell as Conductor/Constable Locke, Tim Federle as Tommy Djilas and Terry Wickline as Alma Hix.

Director Sabellico's Pittsburgh CLO credits include Funny Girl, Most Happy Fella, Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing and George M!, and has recently been working on CLO's upcoming Dr. Dolittle. Mark Esposito is choreographing, Tom Helm is music director.

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