Elena Shaddow to Star in Williamstown's Bridges of Madison County; Ari Graynor and Adam Chanler-Berat Join Season
By Adam Hetrick
Elena Shaddow, who starred as Clara in the first national tour of The Light in the Piazza, will portray Francesca in the Williamstown Theatre Festival world premiere of The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown.
Shaddow will co-star with Steven Pasquale (Reasons to Be Pretty, "Rescue Me"), who appeared in the Williamstown production of Far From Heaven last July. The actor will also star in the upcoming Off-Broadway transfer of that musical at Playwrights Horizons this spring.
Kelli O'Hara had originally been attached to star in Bridges of Madison County at Williamstown, but is expecting her second child later this summer. O'Hara will still appear in the Off-Broadway run of Far From Heaven, which runs May 8-June 30.
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) will stage the project that has a score by Tony winner Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother). It will run Aug. 1-18.
Bridges of Madison County will also feature Nick Bailey (Hit The Wall), Cass Morgan (Memphis), Whitney Bashor (Fly By Night) and Caitlin Kinnunen (Spring Awakening).
Additional season casting includes Jonathan Brody (Naked Boys Singing), Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), Mara Davi (Death Takes a Holiday), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Good People), Ellen Harvey (How to Succeed...) and Jacob Ming Trent (Hands on a Hardbody) in Animal Crackers (June 26-July 14).
Heather Lind (The Merchant of Venice) will portray Eliza Doolittle opposite Robert Sean Leonard as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (July 17-27). The cast will also feature Patricia Conolly (Is He Dead?), Don Lee Sparks (Take Me Out) and Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Earnest).
Ari Graynor (The Performers, "For a Good Time Call") will appear in American Hero with Erin Wilhelmi ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Josh Stamberg (June 26-July 7); while James Cromwell ("Babe"), Jason Butler Harner (The Coast of Utopia), Jake Weber (A Small Family Business) and Victor Williams (Luck of the Irish) join the previously announced Kate Burton in Hapgood (July 10-21).
The musical Johnny Baseball will feature James Snyder (Cry-Baby), Burke Moses (Beauty and the Beast), Joe Cassidy (Catch Me If You Can), Alan Green (Sister Act) and Joe Turner's Come and Gone Tony Award winner Roger Robinson (Jule 24-Aug. 3).
The Off-Broadway company of The Debate Society's Blood Play, including Paul Thureen, Michael Cyril Creighton, Hannah Bos, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Birgit Huppuch and Emma Galvin, will reunite for the Williamstown staging (Aug. 7-18).
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