Spelling Bee National Tour Kicks Off Second Leg in Texas Sept. 4 | Playbill

News Spelling Bee National Tour Kicks Off Second Leg in Texas Sept. 4
The national tour of the Tony-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hits the road again Sept. 4 for a second leg of stops. Fort Worth, Texas' Bass Performance Hall is the acclaimed show's first destination.
Eric Roediger stars in the national tour of Spelling Bee.
Eric Roediger stars in the national tour of Spelling Bee. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast now features Katie Boren (as Marcy Park), James Kall (Douglas Panch), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Leaf Coneybear), Justin Keyes (Chip Tolentino), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Mitch Mahoney), Vanessa Ray (Olive Ostrovsky), Eric Roediger (William Barfee), Dana Steingold (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) and Sally Wilfert (Rona Lisa Peretti).

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.

Following stops at nearly 30 cities on its first leg, the national tour now continues its second leg.

Cities slated to see the bee include:

  • Fort Worth, TX (Sept. 4-9) - Bass Performance Hall
  • Fayetteville, AR (Sept. 11-16) - Walton Arts Center
  • University Park, PA (Sept. 19-20) - Eisenhower Auditorium
  • Hershey, PA (Sept. 21-23) - Hershey Theatre
  • Omaha, NE (Sept. 25-30) - Orpheum Theater
  • Detroit, MI (Oct. 2-21) - Fisher Theatre
  • Washington, D.C. (Oct. 23-Nov. 4) - National Theatre
  • Milwaukee, WI (Nov. 6-11) - Marcus Center
  • Providence, RI (Nov. 13-18) - Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Appleton, WI - (Dec. 11-16) - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • Jackson, MS (Dec. 18-19) - Thalia Mara Hall
  • Jacksonville, FL (Dec. 20-23) - Times Union Center
  • Sarasota, FL (Dec. 25-30) - Van Wenzel Performing Arts Center
  • Raleigh, NC (Jan. 1-6, 2008) - Memorial Auditorium
  • East Lansing, MI (Jan. 8-13, 2008) - Wharton Center
  • Buffalo, NY (Jan. 15-20, 2008) - Shea's Performing Arts Center
  • Rochester, NY (Jan. 22-27, 2008) - Auditorium Theatre
  • Toronto, ON (Jan. 29-Feb. 10, 2008) - Elgin Theatre
  • Oklahoma City, OK (Feb. 12-17, 2008) - Rose State Theater
  • Tucson, AZ (Feb. 19-24, 2008) - Tucson Music Hall
  • Salt Lake City, UT (Feb. 26-March 2, 2008) - Kingsbury Hall
  • Sacramento, CA (March 5-16, 2008) - Community Center
  • Houston, TX (March 25-April 6, 2008) - Hobby Center
  • Des Moines, IA (April 8-13) - Civic Center
  • Madison, WI (April 18-20, 2008) - Overture Center
  • Memphis, TN (April 22-27, 2008) - The Orpheum
  • Cleveland, OH (May 6-18, 2008) - Playhouse Square The spellbinding musical is 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.

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

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