Shereen Ahmed (My Fair Lady national tour) will star in Classic Stage Company's upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally's A Man of No Importance as Adele Rice. Directed by outgoing CSC Artistic Director John Doyle, the production is set to begin performances October 11 and run through December 4, with an October 30 opening night.
Ahmed completes the cast of the production, joining previously announced cast members Jim Parsons as Alfie Byrne, Mare Winningham (Girl From the North Country) as Lily 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, Joel Waggoner (School of Rock) as Ernie Lally, and William Youmans (To Kill a Mockingbird) as Baldy O’Shea.
Based on the 1994 Albert Finney film, 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. The original production 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.
CSC's revival is produced by special arrangement with Tom Kirdahy and Mara Isaacs.