The Berkshire Theatre Group’s revival of Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, George Abbott and Jerome Weidman’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Fiorello! officially opens September 9 at The East 13th Street Theater. The production, which is directed by Bob Moss and began previews September 4, marks the group’s Off-Broadway debut as well as the first full-scale revival of the musical in New York.
The cast is made up of Katie Birenboim, Michael Brahce, Rebecca Brudner, Dan Cassin, Chelsea Groen, Austin Lombardi, Matt McLean, Rylan Morsbach, Julius Reese, Michael Sullivan, Erika Anclade, John Barsoian, Matt Caccamo, Drew Carr, Collier Cobb, Christy Coco, Ana Marie Lovric, Kelsey Ryan Moore, Benjamin Dallas Redding and Jessica Riloff.
Last seen on Broadway in 1959, the acclaimed musical chronicles the life of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, including his years as a political crusader, through World War I and onto his election.
“Mayor La Guardia was long gone by the time I moved to New York, so I never lived under his tenure in City Hall. But the ’Little Flower,’ as he was called, lives on in memory,” commented director Moss in an earlier statement. “The music is toe-tappingly delightful, the characters are richly drawn and a story about good guys is desperately needed in today's jaded and vitriolic politics. It's great to be reminded, as the music lifts us aloft, that good can triumph over selfishness.” Songs from the 1959 show include “Little Tin Box,” “Till Tomorrow,” "Politics and Poker" and “When Did I Fall In Love?”
The creative team is made up of Michael Callahan (choreographer), Evan Zavada (music director), Carl Sprague (scenic design), David Murin (costume design), Matthew E. Adelson (lighting design), Brendan F Doyle (sound design), Alan Filderman (casting director/artistic associate), Lee Perlman (producing consultant), Liam Lonegan (assistant director), Serena Wong (assistant lighting designer), David Alan Stern (dialect coach), Stephanie Hawkins (production coordinator) and Chandalae Nyswonger (performance stage manager).
Tickets for Fiorello! can be purchased by phone at (800) 833-3006 or online at fiorellonyc.brownpapertickets.com. For more information visit BerkshireTheatreGroup.com.
(Updated September 9, 2016)