By Andrew Gans
01 Jul 2013
Sam Gold will direct the production with choreography by Chase Brock, musical direction by Chris Fenwick and orchestrations by Josh Clayton. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director.
As previously reported, the cast will feature Danny Burstein as Mr. Mister, Eisa Davis as Reporter/Prof. Scoot/Clerk/Dr. Specialist, Raul Esparza as Larry Foreman, Peter Friedman as Harry Druggist, Judy Kuhn as Sadie/Editor Daily, Martin Moran as Yasha/Sister Mister, Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Ella Hammer, Anika Noni Rose as Moll/Mrs. Mister and Henry Stram as Dauber/Junior Mister.
Newly announced for the limited engagement are Aidan Gemme as Steve/Mamie/Cop, David Margulies as Prexy, Michael Park as Trixie/Bugs/Dick, Robert Petkoff as Professor Trixie/Gus Polock and Matthew Saldivar as Reverend Salvation.
The show was developed in 1937 with funds from the Federal Theater Project, a branch of the WPA. The original production, directed by Orson Welles, was shut down four days before opening. Officially, it was shut down due to WPA budget cuts, but many cited the show’s pro-union themes as the government’s impetus for its closing. The show finally opened Off-Broadway at the Venice Theatre in June 1937 with private funding. It next opened on Broadway at the Windsor Theater on Jan. 3, 1938, and ran 108 performances.
The majority of tickets for all Encores! Off-Center productions are $25. All tickets can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).