Casting Complete for Shanley & Krieger's Musical Romantic Poetry

News   Casting Complete for Shanley & Krieger's Musical Romantic Poetry
Jeb Brown, Jerry Dixon, and Emily Swallow have joined the company of Romantic Poetry, the new musical by John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, which Manhattan Theatre Club will give a world premiere this fall.
Jeb Brown
Jeb Brown

The complete cast for the New Yawk City-set show, which begin a limited engagement Sept. 30 at City Center Stage I, includes Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Dixon (tick, tick… BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, "Perfect Strangers"), Patina Renea Miller (Hair, "All My Children") and Swallow (High Fidelity). Opening is Oct. 28. Tickets will be on sale through Dec. 14.

Romantic Poetry will feature book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Shanley (Doubt, "Moonstruck"), music by Krieger (Dreamgirls) and direction by Shanley.

According to MTC, "From the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt and the two-time Tony-nominated composer of Dreamgirls comes this crackpot musical romance. Connie of Woodmere has just married Fred of Newark, but her exes are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint climbs Frankie of Little Italy's fire escape with amorous erotic intent — but things go awry as she reaches for her dream.

"They are all mad and they are all sane and they are all creating Romantic Poetry. Genuine emotion and the excitement of living an ideal crisscross like a night of shooting stars."

The creative team includes David Korins (scenic design), Laura Bauer (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Devanand Janki (musical staging), Sam Davis (music director/vocal arrangements), August Eriksmoen (orchestrations), Howard Joines (music coordinator) and David Caparelliotis (casting).

City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street. For ticket information call (212) 581-1212 or visit

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