Casting Complete for National Tour of Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie

News   Casting Complete for National Tour of Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie
Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie, which played a brief Off-Broadway run at the Little Shubert Theatre last fall.

The six-month, 25-city tour is scheduled to kick off Oct. 8 in Bridgeport before playing stops in St. Louis and Fayetteville, AK; Opelika, AL; Glendora, Lancaster and Costa Mesa, CA; Medford, OR; Purchase, NY; Coral Springs, FL; Bridgeport, Westport and Hartford, CT; and Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY.

The musical, based on Ezra Jack Keats' children's book "The Trip," will feature the talents of Caylin Campbell, Jonathan Castillo, Jason Edward Cook, Sarah Madej, Ramona Mallory, Chelsea Jo Pattison, Daniel Plancarte and Dorian Shorts.

Captain Louie began previews Off-Broadway Oct. 28, 2005, with an official opening on Halloween, Oct. 31. The musical played six previews and 16 regular performances.

The family friendly musical features a score by Schwartz, a libretto by Anthony Stein and direction by Meridee Stein. The Off-Broadway run was produced by Stein, Kurt Peterson and Bob Reich, who are also presenting the tour.

"Young Louie," according to production notes, "feels lonely and without friends in his new neighborhood. Looking for something to cheer himself up on Halloween Night, Louie returns to his old neighborhood in an imaginative journey on the wings of his magical toy, his little red plane. . . . Captain Louie is about friendship — the ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones." PS Classics released the world-premiere recording of Captain Louie in May 2005.

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