Mary Testa and Michael Urie to Star in The Government Inspector

Off-Broadway News   Mary Testa and Michael Urie to Star in The Government Inspector
The Red Bull Theater production has found its complete cast.
Michael Urie
Michael Urie Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Red Bull Theater has announced casting for the New York premiere of The Government Inspector, directed by artistic director Jesse Berger. Buyer & Cellar’s Michael Urie is set to lead the cast, which includes two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa.

The limited Off-Broadway engagement will run May 16–June 24 at The Duke on 42nd Street, with an opening night scheduled for June 1. Single tickets will go on sale in early April.

The principal cast also includes Arnie Burton (Peter & the Starcatcher, 39 Steps), Stephen DeRosa (Boardwalk Empire, Into the Woods), and Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Spamalot), with Bruce Dow, Ryan Garbayo, Kelly Hutchinson, David Manis, Ben Mehl, Talene Monahon, Luis Moreno, James Rana, and Mary Lou Rosato.

The Government Inspector is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Nikolai Gogol’s Russian satire Revizor. When the crooked leadership of a provincial village learns that an undercover inspector is planning to expose their corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and silliness.

“Red Bull Theater chooses plays that we don’t know like The Government Inspector, but should know,” commented Urie in a press statement. “Plays that now ring true in a new way. Russia 1830. Russia today. America today. These plays are suddenly ripped from today's headlines. It's amazing how much they knew then about how we are now. That’s why people keep coming back to the Red Bull, why artists keep clamoring to work with them. I know that’s why I do.”

The Government Inspector will have set design by Alexis Distler, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Peter West, with sound design and original song composed by Greg Pliska.

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