The Girl Who Would Be King? New Musical Knight Life World Premieres in Florida Nov. 18

News   The Girl Who Would Be King? New Musical Knight Life World Premieres in Florida Nov. 18
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who directed Alice Ripley in the Kennedy Center's production of Tell Me on a Sunday, helms the world premiere of Knight Life, which begins performances Nov. 18 at Florida's Riverside Theatre.

Subtitled The Girl Who Would Be King, the new musical will officially open Nov. 26 and is set to play through Dec. 11. The musical features book and lyrics by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and music by Jeff Barry. Chris Caswell is the show's musical director.

The cast of Knight Life comprises Bill Ernst and Nathan Stith as the Heralds; Gerry McIntyre as Jester, A Jester; Theis Weckesser as Dirk, A Big, Dumb, Medieval Jock; Heather Provost as Maiden Form; Melissa Robinette as Maiden Voyage; Joanne Javien as Maiden Japan; Ben Thompson as Gatekeeper, Keeper of the Gate; Walter Hudson as Grandfather, An Old Guy; Dan Callaway as William, A Noble Peasant; Frank Vlastnik (Broadway's A Year With Frog and Toad) as Geoffrey, The Queen’s Nephew; Natalie Cortez as Katherine, A Rebellious Princess; Walter Hudson as King Frederick, An Aging Monarch; Allison Briner as Queen Cecile, King Frederick’s Aging Second Wife; Bill Ernst as Scribe; Nathan Stith as Castle Guard; Joanne Javien as William’s Fiance, A Bug Eating Peasant; Jeff Applegate as Sir Hansom; Nathan Stith as Minister; Jeff Applegate as The Dark Knight; Frank Vlastnik as The Peasant; and M. Rossmy as The Peasant's Girlfriend.

Described as "somewhere between Camelot and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Knight Life concerns "knights in armor, a borscht belt jester, and a damsel more interested in swinging a sword than languishing in distress." Song titles include "Middle Aged in the Middle Ages" and "Gratuitous Violence."

The show's creative team also includes Tobin Ost (costume design), Michael Schweikardt (set design), Paul Miller (lighting design), Christopher Walter (sound design), Chris Caswell (musical direction, orchestrations and vocal arrangements) and Rick Sordelet (fight direction).

Marcia Milgrom Dodge directed Radio Gals at the John Houseman Theatre, choreographed Richard Maltby and David Shire's Closer Than Ever at the Cherry Lane and helmed Donald Margulies' The Loman Family Picnic for Manhattan Theatre Club. She was also the associate choreographer for Broadway's High Society and has many regional credits, including both Anything Goes and Dames at Sea for the Riverside. The Riverside Theatre is located in Vero Beach, FL at 3250 Riverside Park Drive. For tickets call (800) 445-6745 or (772) 231-6990.

A scene from <i>Knight Life</i>.
A scene from Knight Life.
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