Broadway favorites Mare Winningham (Girl From the North Country) and William Youmans (To Kill a Mockingbird, Wicked) have joined the cast of Classic Stage Company's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally's A Man of No Importance, as Lily Byrne and Baldy O'Shea, respectively.
Directed by outgoing CSC Artistic Director John Doyle, the production will begin performances October 11 with opening night set for October 30 and continue through December 4.
Winningham and Youmans join a previously announced cast that includes Jim Parsons as Alfie Byrne, Alma Cuervo (On Your Feet!) as Miss Oona Crowe, Kara Mikula (The Cradle Will Rock) as Mrs. Curtain, Da’Von T. Moody (A.D. 16) as Breton Beret, Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia) as Mrs. Grace, Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures) as Mr. Carney, Tony nominee A.J. Shively (Paradise Square) as Robbie Fay, Nathaniel Stampley (Paradise Square) as Father Kenny, Jessica Tyler Wright (Allegro) as Mrs. Patrick, and Joel Waggoner (School of Rock) as Ernie Lally. Additional casting will be released in the coming days.
Featuring a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, A Man of No Importance will be the final CSC production directed by Doyle following his tenure as artistic director. The musical tells the story of an amateur theatre group in 1960s Dublin and their leader, bus driver Alfie Byrne, who is determined to stage a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome despite the objections of local church authorities.
Based on the 1994 Albert Finney film, A Man of No Importance won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.
Doyle, a Tony winner for his actor-musician revival of Sweeney Todd, will also provide the production's scenic design, with costumes by Ann Hould Ward, lighting by Adam Honoré, sound design by Sun Hee Kil, and casting by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin, and Caleb Hoyer will music direct. Bernita Robinson is production stage manager with Hollace Jeffords serving as assistant stage manager.
Tickets for the production will be available at ClassicStage.org August 4 at 1 PM ET.