Initial casting has been announced for the Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season, which launches June 14 with the Disney musical The Little Mermaid.
Heading the cast as Ariel will be Helen Hayes Award winner Diana Huey. She will be joined by Eric Kunze (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) as Prince Eric, Melvin Abston (Sister Act) as Sebastian, and Jennifer Allen (The Bridges of Madison County) as Ursula. The production continues through June 25.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning In the Heights will follow, running July 7–16. Joshua Grosso, a Jimmy Award winner, will star as Usnavi, the role created on Broadway by Miranda. Also in the cast are Stephanie Klemons (Hamilton, In the Heights) as Vanessa and Patricia Phillips (The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots) as Abuela Claudia.
The Pennsylvania venue will also offer another Disney favorite, Newsies, set for July 18–23. Joey Barreiro, seen as Jack Kelly in the Newsies national tour, will reprise that role for CLO audiences. He will be joined by Beth Stafford Laird (Newsies) in the role of Katherine and Ed Watts (Scandalous, Finian's Rainbow) as Joseph Pulitzer.
The international hit Mamma Mia!, featuring the songs of ABBA, will be presented July 28–August 6. The cast will include Erika Henningsen (Les Miserables) as Sophie, Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) as Sam Carmichael, George Merrick (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Harry Bright, and Christian Whelan (Ragtime) as Bill Austin.
The summer season will conclude with Million Dollar Quartet, running August 8–13. James Snyder, most recently seen on Broadway in the new musical In Transit, will play the late Elvis Presley with Derek Keeling (All Shook Up) as Johnny Cash, Martin Kaye (Million Dollar Quartet national tour) as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Brooklyn-based actor, writer, and musician Billy Finn as Carl Perkins.
Tickets are on sale now at pittsburghCLO.org.