J. Harrison Ghee, Will Swenson, Ann Harada, More Set for The Muny’s 101st Season | Playbill

Regional News J. Harrison Ghee, Will Swenson, Ann Harada, More Set for The Muny’s 101st Season Seven musicals will be presented at the outdoor venue in St. Louis.
J. Harrison Ghee, Will Swenson, and Ann Harada
A host of Broadway favorites will be part of the 101st summer season at The Muny, the outdoor St. Louis theatre. The upcoming season will launch in June with the classic American musical Guys and Dolls and will continue through mid-August with six other productions.

Guys and Dolls, which runs June 10–16, will feature direction by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Lorin Latarro and Patrick O'Neill and musical direction by conductor Brad Haak. The cast will be headed by Ben Davis (La Bohème, Dear Evan Hansen) as Sky Masterson, Brittany Bradford (Bernhardt/Hamlet) as Sarah Brown, Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q) as Nathan Detroit, and Kendra Kassebaum (Come From Away) as Miss Adelaide.

Taylor Louderman Joseph Marzullo/WENN
The Muny will be the first regional theatre in the U.S. to produce the Tony-, Olivier-, and Grammy-winning musical Kinky Boots, which will be presented June 19–25. DB Bonds will direct with choreography by Rusty Mowery and musical direction by conductor Ryan Fielding Garrett. J. Harrison Ghee, who played several stints as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, will again step into the role for St. Louis audiences with Graham Scott Fleming (Miss Saigon) as Charlie and Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls) as Lauren.

Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards’ Tony-winning 1776, about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, will be directed by Rob Ruggiero with choreography by Enrique Brown, and musical direction by conductor James Moore. The June 27–July 3 performances will feature Robert Petkoff (Fiddler on the Roof) as John Adams, Adam Heller (Caroline, or Change) as Benjamin Franklin, and Keith Hines, Jr. (Jersey Boys national tour) as Thomas Jefferson.

Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge will direct Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will also feature choreography by Josh Walden and musical direction by conductor Greg Anthony Rassen. The family favorite will play the famed venue July 8–16 with a cast led by Mikaela Bennett (Encores! The Golden Apple) as Ella, Jason Gotay (Bring It On: The Musical) as Topher, Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) as Marie, and Vicki Lewis (Anastasia) as Madame.

Footloose, based on the hit film of the same name, will run July 18–24. The limited engagement will be directed by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, who recently made his New York directorial debut with Popcorn Falls, with choreography by Jessica Hartman and music direction by conductor Andrew Graham. Jeremy Kushnier, who made his Broadway debut as Ren McCormack in the original production of Footloose, will now play the role of Rev. Shaw Moore with Mason Reeves as Ren and McKenzie Kurtz as Ariel Moore; both Reeves and Kurtz will be making their Muny debuts.

Paint Your Wagon, which features a revised book by Jon Marans, will be seen July 27–August 2 under the direction of Josh Rhodes, who also choreographs, with musical direction by conductor Sinai Tabak. Jersey Boys’ Matt Bogart will play Ben Rumson with Mamie Parris (School of Rock) as Cayla Woodling, Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet!) as Armando, and Mark Evans (The Play That Goes Wrong) as William.

The season will conclude with the award-winning Matilda August 5–11. Avenue Q Tony nominee John Tartaglia will direct, with choreography by Beth Crandall and music direction by conductor Michael Horsley. Will Swenson, most recently seen on Broadway in Waitress, will play Miss Trunchbull with Finding Neverland's Laura Michelle Kelly as Miss Honey, Avenue Q's Ann Harada as Mrs. Wormwood, and Josh Grisetti (Something Rotten!) as Mr. Wormwood.

Single tickets will be available beginning in May.

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Swenson will be a special guest performer on Playbill's Broadway on the Mediterranean (August 31–September 7, 2020), featuring Audra McDonald, Gavin Creel, Lindsay Mendez, and more to be announced. Cabins are also on sale for Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise, which will bring passengers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest from April 26–May 4, 2020. Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers for its sold-out cruises: Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9, 2019), and Broadway on the High Seas: The Greek Isles (June 24–July 1, 2019). Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit PlaybillTravel.com.


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