John Cardoza Will Take on Title Role in Regional Premiere of The Karate Kid – The Musical | Playbill

Regional News John Cardoza Will Take on Title Role in Regional Premiere of The Karate Kid The Musical

Jovanni Sy, Alan H. Green and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin will also star in the adaption of the hit 1984 film at Stages St. Louis.

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The Karate Kid – The Musical has announced the complete cast and creative team for its world premiere engagement at Stages St. Louis, starting May 25.

The cast will include Canadian actor Jovanni Sy in his U.S. stage debut as Chojun Miyagi, John Cardoza (Jagged Little Pill) as Daniel LaRusso, two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!) as Lucille LaRusso, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as John Kreese, Jake Bentley Young as Johnny Lawrence, Jetta Juriansz as Ali Mills, and Luis Pablo Garcia as Freddie Fernandez.

The ensemble will feature Manik Anand, Trevor James Berger, Leah Berry, Gabi Campo, Caitlyn Caughell, Kristina Garvida Doucette, Zachary Downer, Francis Florendo, Kayla Jenerson, Sydney Jones, Josh Hoon Lee, Noah Lentini, Garrick Macatangay, Abby Mastusaka, Justice D. Moore, Omar Nieves, Jackson Kanawha Perry, Isidro Rafael, Sangeetha Santhebennur, and Victor Carrillo Tracey.

As previously announced the book is written by Robert Mark Kamen, with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini, choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, under the direction of Amon Miyamoto. Joining the creative team are Tony-winning scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Ayako Maeda, lighting designer Bradley King, Tony-winning sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Peter Nigrini, orchestrator John Clancy, and music director/arranger Andrew Resnick.

The 1984 film, which starred Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, and Elisabeth Shue, has become a family favorite, spawning a number of movie and television sequels, including Netflix’s current hit series Cobra Kai, which features many of the film's actors reprising their roles. 

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