Color Purple's Hill to Star in NYMF's Toymaker

News   Color Purple's Hill to Star in NYMF's Toymaker
Rosena M. Hill, Rob Richardson, Jessica Burrows and Greg Stone have been cast in The Toymaker, which will play the Theatre at St. Clement's as part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Bryan Putnam authored book, music and lyrics for the musical, which will be directed and choreographed by Lawrence Edelson. The Toymaker runs Oct. 5-18.

Hill (The Color Purple, Spamalot) heads the cast as Sarah Meeks, with Richardson (A Tale of Two Cities) as Petr Klimes, Burrows (Zhivago) as Anna Klimes and Stone (The Pirate Queen) as Jason Meeks. Principal casting also features Bryan Welnicki as Doby, Darren Biggart as Capek, Dale Soules (Grey Gardens) as Johanna, Joan Barber (Man of La Mancha) as Uta, Ira Denmark as The Old Man and Sarah Jayne Blackmore (Growing Up 70's) as The Girl.

The ensemble comprises Shawna Hamic, Kim Rachelle Harris, Frederic Heringes, Gregory Maheu, Michael Scibilia, Stacey Scotte, Kristen Sharpley, Abby C. Smith, Christopher Brian Williams and James Zannelli.

"A tale of enduring passion and hope, The Toymaker tells the story of Sarah, a young woman who is struggling in her marriage after two failed pregnancies. Rumors of a childless toy maker of the past set her on a desperate search for the last toy made by this man. Thus begins a journey that spans the globe and time itself. Sarah's quest to find the 'childless toy' and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible," press notes state.

Joshua S. Clayton serves as orchestrator for the production with musical direction by Kenneth W. Gartman. Matt Hagmeier is assistant director with Bryan Wade as assistant music director. The Toymaker has set design by Anita J. La Scala, costume design by Katie Irish, lighting design by Al Crawford and sound design by Christopher Cronin and Carl Casella. For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit NYMF. The Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street.

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