Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Casting Set for Goodspeed's 'Annie Get Your Gun'


Casting has been announced for the Rob Ruggiero-helmed Goodspeed Musicals production of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun April 16 – June 27.

Broadway sensation Jenn Gambatese will return to Goodspeed as sharp-shooter Annie Oakley. Previously she performed in The Norma Terris production of All Shook Up. Her Broadway credits include Tarzan, All Shook Up, A Year With Frog and Toad, Hairspray and Footloose. Leading man Frank Butler will be played by Broadway’s Kevin Earley. His Broadway credits include A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables.

Buffalo Bill Cody will be played by David McDonald whose Broadway credits include the revival of Bye, Bye, Birdie; Mamma Mia; Side Show and Les Misérables. Dolly Tate will be played by Rebecca Watson who performed in Goodspeed Musicals’ 1776 and Me & My Girl. The role of Tommy Keeler will be played by Andrew Cao.

Chelsea Morgan Stock from Broadway’s The Little Mermaid will play Winnie Tate. James Beaman will play Charlie Davenport, and Michael Nichols will play Chief Sitting Bull whose Broadway credits include November and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Three Connecticut natives will join the cast; Joy Rachel Del Valle of Farmington will play Jessie, Marissa Smoker of Branford will play Nellie and Griffin Birney, also of Branford, will play Little Jake.

Ruggiero, director of Looped currently playing on Broadway, returns to Goodspeed where he directed 1776, Big River and last year’s sensation Camelot. Choreography will be by Noah Racey.

For performance times and ticket information, call 860-873-8668 or visit http://www.goodspeed.org/.

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