Thursday, April 22, 2010

Band Geeks! Casting Announced

Goodspeed Musicals has announced the cast of Band Geeks!, a new musical being developed at the Norma Terris.

The spring production will kick off a three show season in Chester, CT. This feel-good musical comedy will run from May 13 through June 6 and is a high-stepping tribute to high school marching bands and misfits everywhere!

Band Geeks! features Music by Mark Allen, Gaby Alter, and Tommy Newman with Lyrics by Gaby Alter and Tommy Newman, and Book by Tommy Newman and Gordon Greenberg. Concept by Tommy Newman.

Elliott will be played by Jared Gertner who recently performed on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Laura will be played by Katie Klaus whose Broadway credits include A Catered Affair, Inherit the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin’. The role of Mr. Hornsby will be played by Michael Winther whose Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! and the revivals of 1776 and Damn Yankees.

F. Michael Haynie will play Spitz; Patti Murin who was last seen in Broadway’s Xanadu will play Nicole. Ruthie Ann Miles will play Molly, Nkrumah Gatling will play Kyle, Michael Millan will play Alvin, Jacey Powers will play Natalia and Matt Braver will play Stewart

The role of Ms. Dixon will be played by Jill Abramovitz who returns to Goodspeed where she previously played the roles of Ms. Mink and Heddy Muskrat in last season’s holiday treat Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter. Ms. Abramovitz’s Broadway credits include 9 to 5 and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.

Tommar Wilson will play Jake. Mr. Wilson’s Broadway credits include Hair, Lestat, Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and the 2000revival of The Music Man.

Band Geeks! will be directed by Gordon Greenberg. Band Geeks! will run May 13 through June 6. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 pm, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.*, Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 3 and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 and 6:30 pm. (*Thursday, May 13 as at 8 pm).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860-873-8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at www.goodspeed.org.

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