Music Circus' Show Boat, With Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Cody, George Lee Andrews, Begins July 9 in CA
By Michael Gioia
The Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, with a cast that includes Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Cody and George Lee Andrews, begins performances July 9 as part of California Musical Theatre's 63rd Music Circus season.
Glenn Casale directs the production, which runs through July 14. Dan Mojica choreographs, and the music director is Dennis Castellano.
The cast includes Tony nominee Boykin (Porgy and Bess) as Joe, Ron Bohmer (A Little Night Music) as Gaylord Ravenal, Jennifer Hope Wills (The Phantom of the Opera) as Magnolia, Cody ("The Princess and the Frog") as Ellie, Andrews (The Phantom of the Opera) as Cap'n Andy, Audrie Neenan ("Sudden Impact") as Parthy Ann Hawks, Nikki Crawford as Julie, Gordon Goodman as Steve, Sharon Wilkins (All Shook Up) as Queenie, Jamie Torcellini as Frank and Doug Carfrae as Windy.
The season will continue with Sugar, which will run July 23-28 under the direction of Casale, choreographer John MacInnis and music director Dennis Castellano.
The cast includes Jason Graae (A Grand Night for Singing) as Jerry, Brent Barrett as Joe (Chicago), Elisabeth Stanley (Cry-Baby) as Sugar Kane, Lenny Wolpe as Osgood Fielding, Jr., Brad Bradley (Spamalot) as Spats Palazzo, Ray DeMattis (Little Shop of Horrors, City of Angels) as Bienstock and Alix Korey as Sweet Sue.
Stafford Arima will direct The King and I from Aug. 6-11. Bob Richard will choreograph, and Craig Barna is the music director.
The cast includes Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Chaplin) as Anna, Paul Nakauchi (The King and I) as the King of Siam, Alan Ariano (Miss Saigon) as Kralahome, Telly Leung (Godspell) as Lun Tha, Diane Phelan (West Side Story) as Tuptim, Ann Sanders (Beauty and the Beast) as Lady Thiang, Luis Avila as Simon, Ron Wisniski as Captain Orton, Rumi Oyama as George, Michiko Takesama as Eliza and Michael Stevenson as Sir Edward Ramsay.
This Music Circus premiere of Chicago, directed by Ron Kellum, will conclude the season Aug. 20-29. Randy Slovacek will choreograph with music direction by Darren Ledbetter.
Lindsay Roginski will star as Roxie Hart, a role she played on both national and international tours, with Brenda Braxton (Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café, Dreamgirls) as Velma Kelly, a role she played on Broadway. The cast also includes Tony nominee Tom Hewitt (The Rocky Horror Show) as Billy Flynn, Ric Stoneback (1776, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) as Amos Hart, C. Newcomer (Chicago) as Mary Sunshine and Roz Ryan (Chicago) as Matron Mama Morton.
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of artistic director Glenn Casale and executive producer Scott Klier. For more information and tickets, call (916) 557-1999 or visit CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com.
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