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News Gettelfinger Is Puppy Snatcher Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians Musical Broadway's Sara Gettelfinger, of Seussical, Nine and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will join the cast of the national tour of The 101 Dalmatians Musical starting with the Chicago run on Feb. 16. She replaces Rachel York, who launched the tour in fall 2009.
Sara Gettelfinger
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The show's Chicago engagement plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) Feb. 16-28.

Gettelfinger heads a cast of 30 that features James Ludwig as Pongo. The cast also includes Chip Abbott, Joel Blum, Sammy Borla, Lakisha Anne Bowen, Jeff Scot Carey, Kristy Cavanaugh, Lydia Rose Clemente, Piper Curda, Joseph Dellger, Madeleine Doherty, Garett Hawe, Michael Thomas Holmes, Robert Anthony Jones, Kevin C. Loomis, Erin Maguire, Mike Masters, Neal Mayer, Catherine Missal, Erin Mosher, Ah-Niyah Yonay Neal, Catia Ojeda, Clark Kelley Oliver, Chuck Ragsdale, Molly Sorohan, Kendra Tate, Austin Zambito-Valente and Emma Zaks.


Inspired by the 1956 story by Dodie Smith, The 101 Dalmatians Musical — which does not use musical elements from the Walt Disney versions of the story — has a creative team led by four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (A Bronx Tale, Smokey Joe's Café, Guys and Dolls), bookwriter and co-lyricist BT McNicholl (The IT Girl) and composer and co-lyricist Dennis DeYoung, best known as the founding member of the legendary rock band STYX.

Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Corporation, Troika Entertainment, and international producer Luis Alvarez are the producers. Real dogs play a role in the show's finale.


James Ludwig plays Pongo, "the Dalmatian patriarch who must lead the charge in rescuing his puppies." Ludwig appeared on Broadway in Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors.

Newcomer Catia Ojeda plays Missus, wife to Pongo and loving mother of the Dalmatian puppies that Cruella de Vil has dognapped.

According to production notes, the show "Dalmatian spouses Pongo and Missis Pongo who are living the good life in London with their 'pets' Charles and Catherine Dearly. When their ten puppies are suddenly 'dognapped' by the villainous Cruella de Vil, they summon the help of a vast network of dogs and set off to rescue their pups. There's a happy ending for all with laughter, mayhem and music along the way. The 101 Dalmatians Musical also stars fifteen real Dalmatians, many of which were rescued from animal shelters across the country, in a surprise grand finale that will leave audiences cheering."

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