Gabrielle Ruiz, who appeared in Broadway's In the Heights, will play Edythe Herbert, a bathing beauty, in the 1927-set musical confection that borrows songs from the catalog of composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin. Timothy S. Mayer and Peter Stone cooked up the new libretto in this 1983 vehicle for Tommy Tune.
The tap-happy production at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, will be directed by Ray Roderick and choreographed by Kelli Barclay.
The score includes the Gershwin classics " 'S Wonderful," "Funny Face," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and more.
Opening night is May 11. Prince Nicolai will be played by Khris Lewin; Mickey will be played by Kirsten Wyatt (Broadway's Elf); Reverend J.D. Montgomery will be played by Trent Armand Kendall (the Broadway revival of Into the Woods); Mr. Magix will be played by Alde Lewis, Jr. (Broadway's Big Deal and My One and Only); The New Rhythm Boys will be played by Victor J. Wisehart and Michael Ramey; the New Rhythm Girl will be Vasthy E. Mompoint (Broadway's Mary Poppins, Hot Feet and Good Vibrations).
The ensemble will include Nancy Renee Braun, Brian Davis, Deanna Glover, Joe Grandy, Matthew Kilgore, Drew King, Lea Kohl, Jarran Muse, Kristyn Pope, Allison Kaye Rihn, and Kristen J. Smith. The swings will be Dan Gleason and Laurie Veldheer.
The creative team also includes scenic designer James Youmans; costume designer Robin McGee; lighting designer Paul Miller; projection designer Michael Clark; sound designer Jay Hilton; music director Michael O'Flaherty; assistant music director William J. Thomas; and orchestrator Dan DeLange.
Tickets are available through the Box Office at (860) 873-8668 or online at www.goodspeed.org.