Music Circus Season to Feature Beach, Bohmer, Hoty, Von Essen, Korey, Burkhardt, Moses, Lewis

News   Music Circus Season to Feature Beach, Bohmer, Hoty, Von Essen, Korey, Burkhardt, Moses, Lewis
Casting has been announced for the summer Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, CA.
Max von Essen
Max von Essen Photo by Stephen Mosher

The season will include productions of Monty Python's Spamalot (July 9-18), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 20-25), Oklahoma! (July 27-Aug. 1), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Aug. 3-8), Funny Girl (Aug. 10-15), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Aug. 17-22) and 42nd Street (Aug. 24-29). All titles will offer eight performances, with the exception of Spamalot, which will be presented 13 times.

Glenn Casale will direct the Tony-winning Spamalot with choreography by Billy Sprague. The cast will be led by Tony winner Gary Beach as King Arthur with Lesli Margherita as Lady of the Lake, Mika Duncan as Sir Lancelot, John Scherer as Sir Robin, Ron Bohmer as Sir Dennis Galahad, Steven Strafford as Prince Herbert, Andy Taylor as Patsy and Ron Wisniski as Sir Bedevere.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Max von Essen will star in the title role with Jennifer Paz as the Narrator. The company will also feature Paul Ainsley as Jacob/Potiphar, David Engel as Pharaoh/Levi, Shannon Stoeke as Reuben, Lain Gray as Judah, Jeff Skowron as Simeon and Naomi Hubert as Mrs. Potiphar.

The classic Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II musical Oklahoma! will be directed by 2010 Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge with choreography by Bob Richard. The cast will feature Jeremiah James as Curly, Brandi Burkhardt as Laurey, Heather Jane Rolff as Ado Annie, Michael Jablonski as Will Parker, Kevin Earley as Jud Fry, Amir Talai as Ali Hakim, Kay Walbye as Aunt Eller, Ron Wisniski as Pop Carnes, John Williford as Dream Jud, Patrick Pulkrabek as Dream Curly and Amanda Peet as Dream Laurey.

Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the film of the same name, will be directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Timothy Gulan will play Freddy Benson with John Scherer as Andre Thibault, Burke Moses as Lawrence Jameson, Cynthia Ferrer as Muriel Eubanks, Amy Bodnar as Jolene Oakes and Jessica Rush as Christine Colgate. Vicki Lewis will portray Fanny Brice opposite the Nicky Arnstein of Brad Little in the Music Circus production of Funny Girl, which will be directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by Bob Richard. The company will also include Alix Korey as Mrs. Brice, Helen Geller as Mrs. Strakosh, Michael Paternostro as Eddie Ryan, Ron Wisniski as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and Jennie Scott as Mrs. Meeker.

Roger Bean's The Marvelous Wonderettes, set in the 1950s and 1960s, will feature Lindsey Mendez as Betty Jean, Lowe Taylor as Cindy Lou, Misty Cotton as Missy and Bets Malone as Suzy. Bean will direct with choreography by Janet Miller.

Charley Repole will direct the final offering of the season, the tap-happy 42nd Street, with choreography by Michael Lichtefeld. The principal cast includes Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Julian Marsh, Dee Hoty as Dorothy Brock, Zachary Berger as Billy Lawlor, Melissa Lone as Peggy Sawyer, Susan Cella as Maggie Jones, James Patterson as Bert Barry, Kim Arnett as Anytime Annie, Ron Wisniski as Mac/Thug/Doctor, Gordon Goodman as Pat Denning and Lew Lloyd as Abner Dillon.

The Music Circus season is presented by California Musical Theatre under the direction of executive producer Richard Lewis.

The Music Circus is located at 1419 H Street in Sacramento, CA.  Call (916) 557-1999 or visit for more information.

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