"Easy Street": St. Louis Muny, with Isom, Leavel, Schuck, Tisdale, Begins June 22

News   "Easy Street": St. Louis Muny, with Isom, Leavel, Schuck, Tisdale, Begins June 22
The Tony Award-winning, family-friendly musical Annie begins performances June 22 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.
Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel

Directed by Daniel Goldstein with choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo, the cast is headed by Abigail Isom as Annie, Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as Miss Hannigan, Conrad John Schuck as Oliver Warbucks, Christianne Tisdale as Grace Farrell, Jim Newman as Rooster Hannigan and Stacey Logan as Lily St. Regis.

They are joined onstage by Kelsey Knee as Molly, Stephanie Patton as Pepper, Abigail Friedmann as Kate, Sarah Koo as Duffy, Julia Schweizer as July, Gabby Glore as Tessie, Derek Carley as Bundles McCloskey, Rich Pisarkiewicz as Apple Seller/Drake, Etai BenShlomo as Dog Catcher/Bert Healy, Kent Overshown as Assistant Dog Catcher, Mikey as Sandy, Robert Earl Gleason as Lt. Ward/Morganthau, Michele Burdette-Elmore as Sophie the Kettle/Perkins, Zoe Vonder Haar as Mrs. Pugh, Gabrielle McClinton as Star to Be, Justin Scott Brown as Fred McCracken, Nick Cosgrove as Jimmy Johnson/Howe, Derek Carley as Sound Effects Man, Joneal Joplin as FDR, Brian Michael Hoffman as Ickes, Gary Glasgow as Cordell Hull, John Riddle as Marine Guard, Neal Frederiksen as Justice Brandeis and Lora Lee Gayer, Katie Hart and Gabrielle McClinton as the Boylan Sisters.

The ensemble comprises Erik Altemus, Etai BenShlomo, Justin Scott Brown, Michele Burdette-Elmore, Derek Carley, Nick Cosgrove, Alexandra Ferrara, Neal Frederiksen, Lora Lee Gayer, Gary Glasgow, Robert Earl Gleason, Courtney Leigh Halford, Katie Hart, Erik Heitz, Brian Michael Hoffman, Gabrielle McClinton, Jordan Newmark, Kent Overshown, Rich Pisarkiewicz, John Riddle, Hadley Schnuck and Zoe Vonder Haar.

The creative team also includes musical director Andrew Graham, conductor Michael Horsley, production stage manager Peter Hynds, assistant stage manager Zoe Chapin, costume designers Kansas City Costume, associate producer Michael Bosner, scenic designer Michael Anania, lighting designer F. Mitchell Dana and sound designer Jason Krueger. Paul Blake produces for The Muny.

Performances continue to June 30. The Muny season will also include Meet Me in St. Louis (July 6-12), Godspell (July 13-19), The Music Man (July 20-26), Camelot (July 27-Aug. 2) and Hairspray (Aug. 3-9). Featuring a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, Annie is based on the famed comic-strip character who begins an orphan and ends up the daughter of a billionaire. The original Broadway production opened in April 1977 and made a star out of its first Annie, Andrea McArdle, and won a Tony for its Miss Hannigan, the late Dorothy Loudon. The show also won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Its classic score includes such tunes as "Tomorrow," "Maybe," "Little Girls," "Easy Street" and "It's the Hard Knock Life."

For more information call (314) 361-1900, ext. 550 or visit www.muny.org.

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