Spellers and Staff Ready for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee SF Debut

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The cast has been announced for the upcoming West Coast premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at San Francisco's Post Street Theatre.

Previews begin Feb. 14 for the San Francisco run, which precedes a Chicago sit-down production and a national tour beginning in the fall. The California debut opens Feb. 28 for a run currently on sale through April 9.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee pits 10 contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition.

The cast of loveable misfit contestants and Bee staff will be played by Aaron J. Albano (Wicked national tour, Bombay Dreams) as Chip Tolentino, Stanley Bahorek (Big River national tour, A Little Night Music) as Leaf Coneybear, Jenni Barber (Henry and Mudge, The High Life) as Olive Ostrovsky, Jim Cashman (The Groundlings company member) as Douglas Panch, Jared Gertner (Anatomy 1968, My Favorite Year) as William Barfee, James Monroe Iglehart (Showboat national tour, Memphis) as Mitch Mahoney, Sara Inbar (Mamma Mia!, Lizzie Borden) as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Greta Lee (No Boundaries - NYMF) as Marcy Park and recent Broadway Spelling Bee addition Betsy Wolfe (A Wonderful Life) as Rona Lisa Peretti.

Producer David Stone presents the spellbinding new musical directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) and created by composer-lyricist William Finn, librettist Rachel Sheinkin and conceiver Rebecca Feldman.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned six Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler) and Featured Actress (Celia Keenan-Bolger) as well as for the top prize of Best Musical. Fogler and book writer Sheinkin took home awards for their work. The musical recouped its initial investment of $3.5 million 18 weeks after opening on Broadway.

Tickets to the San Francisco run at The Post Street Theatre, 450 Post Street (between Powell and Mason St.), are available by calling (415) 771-6900 or through www.poststreettheatre.com.

The Broadway in Chicago run at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, 175 East Chestnut Street are currently available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977 1710 or online at www.broadwayinchicago.com.

For more information on the musical, visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com.

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