The tale of a Cockney lad named Arthur Kipps, who wins a fortune and loses his girl because of it, features music and lyrics by David Heneker and a book by Beverley Cross. The musical comedy was a vehicle for toothy Tommy Steele in London, on Broadway and in a film version. The score is known for its boisterous uptempo numbers and "If The Rain's Got to Fall." Gordon Greenberg (Happy Days, Pirates of Penzance) directs. Opening is Aug. 6.
Joining the already announced Jon Peterson (a Drama Desk Award nominee for his work in George M. Cohan Tonight!) as Kipps, will be Gettelfinger (Broadway's Seussical, Nine and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Ann; Julia Osborne as Helen; Jeff Skowron as Chitterlow; James Judy as Mr. Shalford; Donna English as rich Mrs. Walsingham; Carrington Vilmont as Young Walsingham; Adriene Couvillion as Laura; Desireé Davar; Danny Gardner as Sid; Wes Hart as Pearce; Cameron Henderson as Buggins; Elise Kinnon; Peter Leskowicz; Kate Marilley; Caroline Massagee; Cheryl McMahon as Mrs. Botting; Rod Roberts as Carshot; and Eric Shorey. The male swing will be Colby Q. Lindeman, and the female swing will be Katie Warner Johnson.
Patti Colombo (the recent Cathy Rigby productions of Peter Pan) will choreograph. The creative team also includes set designer Rob Bissinger, costume designer David C. Woolard, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, music director Michael O'Flaherty, assistant music director F. Wade Russo, orchestrator Dan DeLange and dance arranger Gregory M. Brown. Half a Sixpence is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
Goodspeed bills the story this way: "The story of Arthur Kipps, a young man working in a small London shop as a draper's assistant who unexpectedly inherits a fortune. As he climbs up the social ladder, Kipps discovers romance and excitement before losing everything and realizing that although you can't buy happiness, true love is priceless."
For tickets call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.