EXCLUSIVE: Muny's Cats to Feature Block, Page, Teeter, Dunn, Dudding

News   EXCLUSIVE: Muny's Cats to Feature Block, Page, Teeter, Dunn, Dudding
Stephanie J. Block, most recently seen on Broadway in 9 to 5, will portray Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the St. Louis Muny's upcoming production of the Tony-winning musical Cats, which will begin performances July 19 at the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Suzanne Viverito will direct and choreograph the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." Performances will continue through July 25.

The cast will also feature Michael Brian Dunn as Bustopher JonesAsparagus/Growltiger, Joseph Medeiros as Mistoffeless, Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy, Lara Teeter as Munkustrap, Kevin Loreque as Rum Tum Tugger, Christine Negherbon as Jennyanydots/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Kiira Schmidt as Cassandra, Julie Tolivar as Bombalurina/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Lisa Karlin as Demeter/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Ryan Breslin as Mongorjerrie/Genghis, Lauren Masiello as Rumpleteazer, Laura Irion as Sillabub/Moments of Happiness Specialty, Heather Mieko as Jellylorum, Drew Humphrey as Skimbleshanks Specialty, AJ Hughes as Plato/Macavity/Rumpus Cat, Sarah Marchetti as Victoria/Jellicle Ball Specialty, Alex DeLeo as Tumblebrutus and Joey Dudding as Pounceable/Alonzo.

The Pit Singers will comprise Anne Markt, Kelly O'Neill, Charles Osborne and Teddy Stevenson.

The production will feature musical direction by James Cunningham, set design by Steve Gilliam and lighting design by David Lander. The stage manager is Harold Goldfaden, and the assistant stage manager is Zoë Chapin.

Paul Blake produces for The Muny; the associate producer is Mike Bosner. Cats begin life at the New London Theatre May 11, 1981; the Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in October 1982 where it played a record-breaking 7,485 performances. The Broadway mounting — Directed by Trevor Nunn — won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Betty Buckley.

The remainder of the season includes Titanic, now through July 11; Damn Yankees, July 12-18; Cats, July 19-25; The Sound of Music, July 26-Aug. 1; Footloose, Aug. 2-8; and Show Boat, Aug 9-15.

For more information about The Muny and the 2010 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

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