05  Jan

i’m happy to announce the extraordinary cast for


The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog

which will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. February 7-10 as part of their Japan Festival …

the project was conceived by director Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures at Studio 54) and is an adaptation of a well-loved story by Mizukami Tsutomu, music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, Side Show) and book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show) here’s a link to the Kennedy Center website info about the show and to purchase tickets (there are only 4 performances open to the public and 2 of those are already sold out):  http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=XIJFC

here’s the cast in alphabetical order (unless otherwise noted, all credits are Broadway):  Jill Abramovitz (Martin Short:  Fame Becomes Me), Stanley Bahorek (Spelling Bee), Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd), Jonathan Hammond (The Light in the Piazza, national tour), Deborah Lew (Beauty and the Beast), David McDonald (Mamma Mia),  Lillias White (The Life — Tony Award), Michael Leon Wooley (Dreamgirls, film) …

creative staff includes:  Aaron Fischer (musical direction), Sam Davis (orchestrations), Jesse Vargas (vocal arrangements) Darren Lee (choreography), Neil Patel (sets), Don Holder (lighting), Angela Wendt (costumes), Haruka Fujii (percussion), Alan Muraoka (assistant director) and Jason Daunter (stage manager), Telsey & Co. (Rachel Hoffman, Joe Longworth, casting)  Gorgeous Entertainment (Michael Wolk, Kumiko Yoshii) is producing in association with the Kennedy Center …

posted by bill on January 5, 2008, at 11:10 am | filed under productions, up in the air | no comments »

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