Casting Complete for Brooklyn Tour; Itinerary Announced

News   Casting Complete for Brooklyn Tour; Itinerary Announced
The national tour of Brooklyn-The Musical — starring former "American Idol" contestant and current Hairspray star Diana DeGarmo — will kick off June 11 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN, before playing stops in Hartford, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and San Jose.
Diana DeGarmo
Diana DeGarmo

As previously reported, DeGarmo, who will star in the title role, will be joined on the tour by Tony Award winner Melba Moore, who will portray Brooklyn's nemesis, Paradice. Cleavant Derricks, who appeared in the New York company, will re-create his role as the Street Singer.

The cast will also feature Julie Reiber as Faith and Lee Morgan as Taylor Collins.

Jeff Calhoun, who directed the Broadway production of the pop musical, will also helm the tour, which will boast the original Broadway design team: Ray Klausen (sets), Tobin Ost (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lights) and Duncan Edwards (sound). Emmy Award winner John McDaniel, who penned the musical arrangements and orchestrations, will serve as musical supervisor, as he did for the Broadway production.

The complete itinerary for the seven-week summer tour follows. Dates are currently being booked for a second phase of the tour in 2007.
June 11-17 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN;
June 20-25 at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT;
July 11-16 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA;
July 18-23 at the Miller Theatre in Houston, TX;
July 25-Aug. 6 at the Music Hall in Dallas, TX;
Aug. 9-13 at the Center for Perf. Arts in San Jose, CA;

Brooklyn, according to production notes, concerns a band of performers, who "tell a wondrous sidewalk fairy tale about a young girl searching for fame and the father she never knew. With just one clue to lead her, she lands in the city that bears her name, Brooklyn." Song titles include "Heart Behind These Hands," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," "Not a Sound," "Brooklyn Grew Up," "Creating Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Time," "Superlover," "Brooklyn in the Blood," "Magic Man," "Love Was a Song," "I Never Knew His Name," "The Truth," "Raven," "Sometimes," "Love Me Where I Live," "Love Fell Like Rain" and "Streetsinger." The Broadway production, which starred Eden Espinosa in the title role, played its final performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre June 26, 2005. Brooklyn, which features a book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, began previews at the then-Plymouth Theatre Sept. 23, 2004, with an official opening Oct. 21. The musical played 28 previews and 283 regular performances.

The tour is being produced by Dallas Summer Musicals; for more information visit

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