The world-premiere Ahrens and Flaherty musical Knoxville, directed by Frank Galati, begins previews April 15 and opens April 23 at Asolo Repertory's Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota, Florida.
The project reunites Galati, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Broadway’s Ragtime.
The cast is led by Broadway veterans Jason Danieley (Pretty Woman, The Full Monty), Hannah Elless (Bright Star), Paul Alexander Nolan (Slave Play), Ellen Harvey (Present Laughter, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), and Nathan Salstone (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
The cast also includes Sarah Aili, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Dwelvan David, Jack Casey, Barbara Marineau, William Parry, Abigail Stephenson, Joel Waggoner, Scott Wakefield, Jaden Boyd, Willa Carpenter, Alan Chandler, Sade Crosby, Ian Johnston, Patricia M. Lawrence, and Sharon Pearlman.
See inside the rehearsal room below:
Based on James Agee’s autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family, the story begins as Agee struggles to write his greatest work, about the event that touched his young life and the effect it had on his mother, his town, and his own future.
The production's creative team includes choreographer Josh Rhodes, scenic and costume designer Robert Perdziola, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designers Garth Helm, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, music supervisor Tom Murray, and music director Caleb Hoyer.