Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Good News! Goodspeed Announces Good News! Casting

Goodspeed has announced casting for Good News!, a high-spirited musical comedy running April 12 – June 22 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.

Leading the cast as Professor Kenyon will be Beth Glover of Goodspeed’s High Button Shoes and Red, Hot & Blue joined by Mark Zimmerman of Broadway’s West Side Story, A Catered Affair, The Rainmaker, Brigadoon, and Shenandoah as well as Goodspeed’s Paper Moon who will play as Coach Bill Johnson.

The cast also incudes Ross Lekites as Tom Marlowe and Chelsea Morgan Stock as Connie Lane. She appeared in Broadway’s Baby, It’s You; Sister Act; and The Little Mermaid as well as Goodspeed’s Annie Get Your Gun. Max Perlman of Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate and Jekyll & Hyde will play Pooch Kearney. Barry Shafrin will play Bobby Randall, Tessa Fay will play Babe O’Day, and Myles J. McHale will play Beef Saunders. Pat will be played by Lindsay O’Neil who appeared in Broadway’s A Christmas Story.

The musical is filled with Roaring '20s nostalgia, plenty of laughter and rousing dance numbers. Anticipation builds on the Tait College campus as game day approaches but the football hero must first pass a big exam in order to play. When he unexpectedly falls for his tutor, romance blooms and hijinks ensue. Songs include "You’re the Cream in My Coffee," "The Varsity Drag," and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries."

Music and lyrics for Good News! are written by Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown and the book is by Laurence Schwab, Frank Mandel and B.G. DeSylva. This production is newly adapted by Jeremy Desmon and will be directed and choreographed by Vince Pesce.

Tickets and info: 860-873-8668; goodspeed.org.

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