Crampton, Tolivar and Blackman Join Cuccioli for Nine at Westchester Broadway Theatre

News   Crampton, Tolivar and Blackman Join Cuccioli for Nine at Westchester Broadway Theatre
Original Phantom star Glory Crampton will reunite with Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli in the Westchester Broadway Theatre production of Maury Yeston's Nine.
Glory Crampton
Glory Crampton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

As previously reported, Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Jacques Brel) will star as filmmaker Guido Contini in the musical penned by Yeston and Arthur Kopit based on the Fellini film "8 ½." Nine, directed and choreographed by Jonathan Stahl, will run Feb. 18-April 24. It will open Feb. 25.

Crampton, who co-starred with Cuccioli in Yeston and Kopit's Phantom, will portray wife Luisa Contini in a cast that also features Julie Tolivar (Giant, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Carla, Lauren Blackman (Phantom) as Claudia, Dana Moore as Liliane LaFleur, Emily Zacharias (Inventing Avi, Jekyll & Hyde) as Guido's mother, Cari Chrisastomou as Sarraghina, Erin O'Neil as Stephanie Necrophorus and Jesmille Darbouze as Our Lady of the Spa.

The Nine ensemble includes Lanene Charters, Crystal Kellogg, Leah Landau, Natalie Newman, Terry Palasz, Amanda Pulcini, Terry Rakov, Shannon Lea Smith, Haley Swindal and Karen Webb.

The production will have musical direction by Sue Anderson, as well as designs by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case (scenic and costume design), Andrew Gmoser (lighting design) and Jon Hatton (sound design).

According to the theatre's website, the Westchester production will also include some of the songs penned for the recent Rob Marshall film version of the musical, though an announcement of the titles has not been made. Yeston penned three new songs for the film, including "Guarda La Luna," "Take It All" and "Cinema Italiano." Based on the semi-autobiographical Fellini film "8 ½," Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003, Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960s, the revival won two Tonys, including Best Revival.

The recent film adaptation starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and Fergie.

For tickets call (914) 592-2222 or visit BroadwayTheatre.

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