Earley, McDonald, Watson, Nichols, Stock Will Join Gambatese in Goodspeed's Annie Get Your Gun

News   Earley, McDonald, Watson, Nichols, Stock Will Join Gambatese in Goodspeed's Annie Get Your Gun
Kevin Earley will play Frank Butler opposite Jenn Gambatese as Annie Oakley in Goodspeed Musicals' Annie Get Your Gun April 16-June 27 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
Kevin Earley
Kevin Earley

Gambatese, of Broadway's Tarzan and All Shook Up, was previously announced. Goodspeed producer Michael P. Price revealed the entire cast on March 9. Opening night is May 12.

Earley, who'll play the baritone show rival/love interest to Annie, appeared in Broadway's A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables.

The musical by composer-lyricist Irving Berlin and book writers Herbert and Dorothy Fields is a fictionalized account of American sharpshooter Oakley, who appeared in traveling Wild West shows. The score includes "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything You Can Do," "I Got the Sun in the Morning" and "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun."

Goodspeed's revival will use the 1999 Peter Stone revision of the 1946 script. This version (which starred Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for playing Annie in 1999) solves some of the racial insensitivities concerning Native Americans, and switches out some musical numbers.

Rob Ruggiero (Broadway's Looped, Off-Broadway's Make Me a Song) directs.

Chelsea Morgan Stock

Buffalo Bill Cody will be played by David McDonald (Broadway's Bye, Bye, Birdie; Mamma Mia!; Side Show; and Les Misérables); Dolly Tate will be played by Rebecca Watson (Goodspeed's 1776 and Me & My Girl); Tommy Keeler will be played by Andrew Cao; Chelsea Morgan Stock (Broadway's The Little Mermaid) will play Winnie Tate; James Beaman will play Charlie Davenport; Michael Nichols (Broadway's November and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) will play Chief Sitting Bull. The company also includes three Connecticut natives: Joy Rachel Del Valle of Farmington will play Jessie, Marissa Smoker of Branford will play Nellie and Griffin Birney, also of Branford, will play Little Jake. The ensemble will include Brandon Andrus, Sean Coughlin, Orville Mendoza, Pilar Millhollen, Bill Nabel, Con O'Shea-Creal, Natalie Ryder, Goodspeed favorite Dorothy Stanley (42nd Street, High Button Shoes, Singin' in the Rain and George M!), Molly Tynes, Amos Wolff and Aaron Young. The swings will be Noah Aberlin, Hartleigh Buwick and Jake Poulios.

The creative team features choreographer Noah Racey, scenic designer Michael Schweikardt, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer John Lasiter, music director Michael O'Flaherty, assistant music director William J. Thomas and orchestrator Dan DeLange.

For tickets and information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.

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