The entire cast of Goodspeed Opera’s 2005 production will reprise their roles including Patrick Boll (Big Jack), Jonathan Brody (Leonardo da Vinci), Donna Lynne Champlin (Gracie), John Michael Coppola (Reporter), William Gilinsky (Mr. Frankel), Danette Holden (Blaire), Susan J. Jacks (Mother Gorman), Erin Maguire (Pairs Boy/Amelia Earhart), Kristie Dale Sanders (FAA Agent), Christopher Sutton (Jerry Gorman), and Christopher Vettel (Charles Lindbergh).
Except for the addition of lighting designer Ken Billington, the creative team from Goodspeed is also intact including Lynn Taylor-Corbett (director-choreographer), Doug Oberhamer (musical director) and Walt Spangler (set-costume designer).
Flight of the Lawnchair Man—about a New Jersey Everyman who dreamed all his life of flying and ended up doing so by strapping 400 helium balloons to patio furniture—first appeared as a one-act in a trio of musicals called 3hree at the Prince Music Theatre under the direction of Hal Prince. The musical has now been expanded and revised by its collaborators, composer-lyricist Robert Lindsey Nassif and book writer Peter Ullian.
Donna Lynne Champlin has appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves and James Joyce's The Dead. Her other New York theatrical credits include My Life With Albertine, Reunion, Encores!, Bloomer Girl, First Lady Suite, The Audience and Meet John Doe.
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