Full Cast Set for Encores! WHERE'S CHARLEY? Arcelus, Luker, McGillin, McClure, Worhsam, Paice & More!
Sebastian Arcelus, Rebecca Luker, Rob McClure, Howard McGillin, Jill Paice and Lauren Worsham have been cast in Frank Loesser's Where's Charley?, the final New York City Center Encores! production of the 2010-11. Where's Charley?, based on BranDon Thomas' Charley's Aunt, has a book by George Abbott and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The show, running March 17 - 20, will be directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Alex Sanchez with music direction by Rob Berman.
The cast of Where's Charley? includes Sebastian Arcelus, Jeff Brooks, Rebecca Luker, Dakin Matthews, Rob McClure, Howard McGillin, Jill Paice and Lauren Worsham, with Dan Callaway, Meggie Cansler, Hannah Chin, Nick Cosgrove, Desiree Davar, Ashlee Dupre, Leah Edwards, Drew Frankin, Arlo Hill, Leah Horowitz, Jordan Hunt, Amy Justman, Max Kumangai, Analisa Leaming, Colby Lindeman, Angelina Mullins, Patricia Noonan, Weston Wells Olson, Lainie Sakakura, Tommy Scrivens, Kendall Sparks, Brendan Stimson and Amos Wolff.
Where's Charley?, Frank Loesser's first Broadway score, immediately demonstrated the master's easy command of wit and romance, sophistication and high jinks. George Abbott's adaptation of BranDon Thomas' classic college farce Charley's Aunt delivered "Once in Love With Amy," "My Darling, My Darling" and "The New Ashmolean Marching Society" to the hit parade, and launched Loesser into the songwriting stratosphere. The musical opened at the St. James Theater on October 11, 1948, and played 792 performances. It was directed by George Abbott, choreographed by George Balanchine and starred Ray Bolger, who won a Tony Award for his performance.
The 2010-11 Encores! season is made possible, in part, by the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores! City Center gratefully acknowledges lead support from American Express, Stacey and Eric Mindich and the Newman's Own Foundation.
Sebastian Arcelus (Jack Chesney) has appeared on Broadway in Elf, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Good Vibrations, and Rent, and off-Broadway in Happiness.
Jeff Brooks (Brassett) has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls (1992 revival), Nick & Nora, Gypsy (1989 revival), Lend Me a Tenor, Loose Ends and A History of the American Film. His film credits include Julie and Julia, The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Secret of My Success.
Dakin Matthews (Spettigue) is an actor, playwright, director and educator. He was a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company in New York and the Antaeus Company in Los Angeles, and he was Artistic Director of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and Associate Artist of The Old Globe Theater. His Broadway credits include A Man for All Seasons (2008 revival) and Julius Caesar (with Denzel Washington). He won a special Drama Desk Award for his adaptation of Henry IV (2003 revival).
Rebecca Luker (Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez) received Tony nominations for her performances in Mary Poppins, TheMusic Man and Show Boat. Her many Broadway credits include Nine, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed in X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X) and Brigadoon for New York City Opera. She appeared in the Encores! production of Boys from Syracuse.
Rob McClure (Charley Wykeham) can currently be seen as Mozart in the Walnut Street Theater's production of Amadeus in Philadelphia. His Broadway credits include the role of Rod in Avenue Q and I'm Not Rappaport with Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. He recently portrayed Charlie Chaplin in the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere production of Limelight.
Howard McGillin (Sir Francis Chesney) received Tony nominations for his performances in Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has appeared on and off-Broadway and in London's West End in
The Secret Garden, Mack and Mabel, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, She Loves Me and Sunday in the Park with George.
Jill Paice (Kitty Verdun) originated the roles of Laura in the London and New York productions of The Woman in White and of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind at the New London Theatre under the direction of Trevor Nunn. She has been seen on Broadway in Curtains and The 39 Steps and off-Broadway in Weird Romance and The Gig.
Lauren Worsham (Amy Spettigue) has appeared as Cunegonde in New York City Opera's Candide, Lili in Goodspeed Opera House's Carnival, Cinderella in Kansas City Rep's Into the Woods, Clara in Weston Playhouse's The Light in the Piazza and Olive in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
John Doyle (Director) most recently direcTed Wings at Second Stage Theatre. His Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, Best Director of a Musical); Company (Tony Award, Best Revival) and A Catered Affair, and his off-Broadway credits include Road Show (The Public). In London, he has directed Gondoliers, Sweeney Todd and Mack and Mabel. Mr. Doyle's opera credits include Peter Grimes, (Metropolitan Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Mariinsky Theatre/ Scottish Opera), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera), and Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera).
Alex Sanchez (Choreographer) has choreographed musicals, jazz works and concert dance in theaters across the country and in New York.
Rob Berman (Music Director) is in his fourth season as music director of the series, where he has conducted Lost in the Stars, Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, Fanny, Finian's Rainbow, Music in the Air, Damn Yankees, Applause and Stairway to Paradise, as well as last season's gala concert celebrating Stephen Sondheim. Broadway conducting credits include Finian's Rainbow, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Pajama Game, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town and Promises, Promises, among others. Mr. Berman is a two-time Emmy nominee for his work as music director of the Kennedy Center Honors and he won a Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical Direction for his work on the Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park with George. Recently, he was music director for A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House.
NEW YORK City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city for more than 60 years. It was Manhattan's first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Manhattan Theatre Club; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs. The Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series, now in its 18th season, has been hailed as "one of the very best reasons to be alive in New York." Dance has been integral to the theater's mission from the start, and dance programs, including the annual Fall for Dance Festival and a partnership with London's Sadler's Wells Theatre, remain central to City Center's identity. City Center is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to New York City students and teachers with programs such as Encores! In Schools and the Young People's Dance Series. Special workshops cater to families, seniors and other groups, while events such as the Fall for Dance DanceTalk series offer learning opportunities to the general public.
Tickets for Where's Charley? are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at www.NYCityCenter.org. Tickets for the Orchestra, Grand Tier and Mid-Mezzanine are $100; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery are $50; tickets for the Rear Gallery are $25.