Playbill.com has learned that Felciano — who played Tobias, as well as the violin, clarinet and keyboard, in the recent revival of Sweeney Todd — will join the previously announced Kelli O’Hara (as Dot) in the limited engagement, which begins performances Jan. 30, 2007, at the UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Jason Alexander will direct the production with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. Sunday in the Park will officially open Jan. 31 and play through Feb. 11.
Nancy Dussault, the veteran actress who received Tony nominations for her performances in Bajour and Do Re Mi, has also joined the company in the role of the Old Lady. The cast will also feature Katy Blake, Elizabeth Brackenbury, Matthew Patrick Davis, Jacqueline Emerson, Nancy Hess, Sarah Knowlton, Frank Kopyc, Kristofer McNeeley, Gregory North, Brent Schindele, Sean Smith, Katherine Von Till and Sam Zeller.
Manoel Felciano has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret as well as in the national tours of Saturday Night Fever and Whistle Down the Wind. His Off-Broadway credits include Shockheaded Peter and Much Ado About Nothing. Felciano received a 2006 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George originally opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre on May 2, 1984, where it ran for 540 performances. Starring Mandy Patinkin as George and Bernadette Peters as Dot, the premiere Broadway company also included Barbara Bryne as the Old Lady, Brent Spiner as Franz, Charles Kimbrough as Jules and Dana Ivey as Yvonne. Sondheim's score — which was nominated for a Tony Award — features such titles as "Finishing the Hat," "Putting It Together," "Children and Art," "Move On" and "Beautiful." Sunday in the Park received ten Tony Award nominations, winning two—Scenic Designer (Tony Straiges) and Lighting Designer (Richard Nelson). It was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
An acclaimed London production of Sunday in the Park with George that originated at The Menier Chocolate Factory may arrive on Broadway this season. Tickets for the Reprise! production are available by calling (310) 825-2101. For more information visit www.reprise.org.
The Reprise! Season will conclude with No Strings, May 8-20.