Goodspeed is presenting the new musical May 19-21 and May 26-28. Boasting a book by 'night, Mother's Marsha Norman and a score by Jenny Giering (music) and Beth Blatt (lyrics), Caraboo features direction by Gary Griffin, who also helmed the new Broadway musical The Color Purple (which has a book by Norman). Andrew Wilder is music director, and sound designer is Jay Hilton.
Caraboo, according to press notes, "will be a full musical but with less focus on costumes and scenery and more focus on the songs and dialogue." The cast also includes The Woman in White's Richard Todd Adams as Eyenesso, Assassins' Sally Wilfert as Mrs. Worrall, Beauty and the Beast's Chris Hoch as Mr. Worrall, Sly Fox's Jeff Talbott as Matthew Gutch, Parade's Robin Skye as Mrs. Hopkins/Dutchess and Crazy for You's Kerri Jill Garbis as Elsbeth/Mrs. Neale with Alexandra Melrose as Jenny, Rich Silverstein as the Scientist and Price Waldman as Scientist/Piddle.
Caraboo, Princess of Javasu is billed as "the true story of a 19th century girl who wanted more – and got it all! With no money, no job and nothing to lose, Mary Baker transforms herself from British maid to exotic princess. With a little luck and the help of a handsome Irish con artist, Princess Caraboo captivates everyone around her. Dazzling and daring, she manages to find love and friendship even after her true identity is discovered."
Produced by Michael P. Price for Goodspeed Musicals, the production will play the Norma Terris Theatre.
Performance times are Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 4 and 8:30 PM and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 PM. Each performance will be followed by talkbacks with the creative team. Tickets, priced at $26, are available by calling (860) 873-8668 or by visiting www.goodspeed.org.