Alison Woods, Mimi Bessette, Kevin Ligon, Maureen Silliman, Martin Vidnovic Cast in NYMF's Bend In the Road
By Andrew Gans
Casting has been announced for the new musical comedy Bend In the Road, an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's (NYMF) 2013 Next Link Project, which will play five performances only beginning July 18 at PTC Performance Space.
Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, the cast will feature Alison Woods as Anne Shirley, Jordan Barrow, Mimi Bessette, Brandon Essig, Kasie Gasparini, Justine Huxley, Anne Kanengeiser, Kevin Ligon, CJ Pawlikowski, Maureen Silliman, Chelsea Stavis, Martin Vidnovic, Rachel Weintraub and Whitney Winfield.
Written by Benita Scheckel (book and lyrics) and Michael Upward (music and lyrics), Bend In the Road is based on the novel "Anne of Green Gables" and, according to press notes, "centers on young Anne Shirley, an orphan who is mistakenly adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Although they had hoped for a boy to help with their Avonlea farm, Anne’s joyous, intelligent and vivacious spirit changes the lives of all those around her, including Matthew, Marilla and nosy town gossip Mrs. Rachel Lynde. Anne finds fast friendships at school, while her rivalry with handsome classmate Gilbert Blythe changes unexpectedly as they enter adulthood."
The production will also feature set design by Lauren Helpern, with costume design by David Kaley, lighting design by Joel E. Silver, video/projection design by Andrew Lazarow, sound design by Brett Rothstein and musical direction by Andrew Gerle.
The musical is presented by the New York Musical Theatre Festival and 134 West - produced by Susan Lambert and co-produced by Sarahbeth Grossman.
Performances will be July 18 at 8 PM, July 20 at 1 PM, July 24 at 1 PM, July 27 at 5 PM and July 28 at 1 PM.
PTC Performance Space is located at 555 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Ave.). Tickets are $25 and are available through www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.BendInTheRoadMusical.com.
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