Gerard Canonico and Trista Dollison Will Head Cast of NYMF's Stand Tall

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Casting has been announced for the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Stand Tall, billed as a "family-friendly musical that puts a contemporary pop/rock twist on the classic David and Goliath story," which will play the 45th St. Theatre Mainstage July 19-29.

Gerard Canonico
Gerard Canonico Photo by Monica Simoes

Directed by Simon Greiff and produced by the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Shrill Productions, the cast will be headed by Gerard Canonico (Moritz in Spring Awakening, Gavroche in Les Misérables, the original cast of American Idiot) and Trista Dollison (The Lion King).

Joining Canonico (as Goliath) and Dollison (as the Black Sheep) will be Bryan Welnicki as David, Jef Canter as King Saul and Jill Shackner as Princess Mia.

With book and lyrics by Lee Wyatt-Buchan and music by Aldie and Sandy Chalmers, the musical, which debuted in the U.K., is the only production from outside of North America in this year’s festival.

"When shepherd boy David is prophesized to become the next king…heck, he’d rather be a rock star, anyway," according to press notes. "Not that tough guy Goliath will let some freakin’ sheep-herder take the crown, setting the stage for the biblical rivals to clash in an epic Guitar Hero battle!"

The production will also feature costume design by recent Tony Award winner Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher), set design by Julia C. Lee, lighting design by KJ Hardy and sound design by Charles Coes.

Song titles include “Find Us a King,” “Teenage Daze,” “All Night All Day,” “Time to Talk,” “Stronger Than This” and “Stand Tall.”

Performances are scheduled for July 19 at 8 PM, July 22 at 1 PM and 4:30 PM, July 25 at 5 PM, July 28 at 8 PM and July 29 at 1 PM.

45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street. Tickets, priced $20, can be purchased beginning June 15 online at or by phone at (212) 352-3101.

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