Casting and creative team have been revealed for Alliance Theatre's upcoming world premiere of Water for Elephants, a new musical adapted from Sara Gruen's novel. As previously announced, the musical will play the Atlanta theatre's Coca-Cola Stage June 7–July 9, with a June 16 opening night.
Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo) is directing the new work, about a man who runs away from his life only to find himself with a traveling circus. The musical features a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Smash) and music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
The cast will include Stan Brown as Camel, Joe De Paul as Walter, Bryan Fenkart (Waitress) as August, Sara Gettelfinger (A Free Man of Color) as Barbara, Tony nominee Harry Groener (Crazy for You, Spamalot) as Mr. Jankowski, Isabelle McCalla (The Prom, Aladdin) as Marlena, Wade McCollum (Wicked, My Fair Lady) as Wade, and Ryan Vasquez (Hamilton, The Wrong Man) as Jacob.
The company will also include Brandon Block, Antoine Boissereau, Paul Castree, Taylor Colleton, Isabella Luisa Diaz, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Nicolas Jelmoni, Caroline Kane, Joel Malkoff, Michael Mendez, Jo’Nathan Michael, Gabriel Olivera De Paula Costa, Samuel Renaud, Marissa Rosen, Alexandra Gaelle Royer, Sean Stack, Matthew Varvar, and Michelle West.
Joining Stone's creative team are circus designer Shana Carroll (Paramour), choreographer Jesse Robb (Miss Saigon), scenic designer Takeshi Kata (Clyde's), costume designer David Israel Reynoso (Sleep No more), lighting designer Bradley King (Fat Ham), sound designer Jessica Paz (A Beautiful Noise), projection designer David Bengali (1776), puppet designer Camille Labarre (Into the Woods), rigging designer Danny Zen, music supervisor and arrangers Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Some Like It Hot) and Benedict Braxton-Smith (Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls), music director Matt Hinkley (Bandstand), and orchestrator Daryl Waters (Memphis). Timothy R. Semon will be production stage manager, and casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.