Ragtime's Umoh to Join Cast of Off-Broadway's Falling for Eve

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Stephanie Umoh, recently seen as Sarah in the Broadway revival of Ragtime, will join the cast of Falling for Eve, the new musical by 2010 Tony winner Joe DiPietro, Bret Simmons and David Howard, Aug. 3 at Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company.

Stephanie Umoh
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Umoh will succeed Krystal Joy Brown in the role of Eve. Brown is departing the new musical, which ends its limited run Aug. 8, to work on an upcoming project.

James Morgan, producing artistic director of the York, said in a statement, "One of the York's missions is to encourage and support young, new talent in the musical theatre world. While we are thrilled for Krystal as she moves on to the next big project in her career, we also relish the ability to bring aboard another bright star, Stephanie Umoh, to this exciting production."

"I knew when Krystal Joy Brown auditioned for us that we had found a star. Now someone else has figured it out also. We have loved working with her and wish her all the best in the next and very important step in her career. Also, we are thrilled to welcome Broadway star Stephanie Umoh to our cast," co-producer Steven Ullman of 1113 Productions added.

Larry Raben directs the new musical, which also features Jennifer Blood, Nehal Joshi, Adam Kantor, Jose Llana and Sasha Sloan.

Memphis' DiPietro authored the book to the musical (once called Me & Eve) with a score by Bret Simmons (music) and David Howard (lyrics). The six-person, multicultural musical is a re-telling of the Adam and Eve story. Kim Steiner is musical director. Falling for Eve, according to York notes, "offers an enchanting second look at the world's first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn't. How exactly they'll get together to create the human race is anybody's guess."

The production also features musical staging by Lee Martino, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Bobby Pearce and lighting by Herrick Goldman.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 935-5820 or by visiting www.yorktheatre.org. All performances will be at the company's home at The Theatre at Saint Peter's (54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

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