Len Cariou & Lee Wilkof Join Cast of Carnegie Hall's GUYS AND DOLLS Concert; Full Cast Announced
Carnegie Hall today announced the complete cast for its gala benefit performance of Guys and Dolls on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, Applause, A Little Night Music) joins the cast as Arvide Abernathy along with Tony Award nominee Lee Wilkof (Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss Me Kate) as Harry the Horse. Members of the Mission Band joining Allison Blackwell (Agatha) are J.D. Webster (Calvin), Linda Mugleston (Martha), and Joseph Torello (Joseph).
Featured crapshooters joining previously announced ensemble members include: Glenn Seven Allen, Manuel Herrera, Adam Jepsen, Jason Mills, Curt Olds, Nicholas Rodriguez, and Cody Williams. Adam Alexander, Nicolas Dávila, Rebecca Eichenberger, Constantine Germanacos, Gaelen Gilliland, Juan Jose Ibarra, Denis Lambert, and Brian Charles Rooney have been added as additional vocal ensemble members.
These artists join the previously announced cast of Nathan Lane (Nathan Detroit), Patrick Wilson (Sky Masterson), Sierra Boggess (Sarah Brown), and Megan Mullally (Miss Adelaide). Other cast members include: John Bolton (A Christmas Story the Musical, Curtains) as Angie the Ox; Robert Clohessy (HBO's Boardwalk Empire) as Lieutenant Brannigan; Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys, Passing Strange) as Rusty Charlie; John Treacy Egan (The Producers, Sister Act) as Nicely-Nicely Johnson; Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein, Wicked) as Benny Southstreet; Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Romeo and Juliet) as General Matilda B. Cartwright; and Steve Schirripa (HBO's The Sopranos) as Big Jule. Hot Box Girls include Jenny LaRoche, Paloma Garcia Lee, Samantha Sturm, and Katie Webber; previously announced crapshooters are Stephen Carrasco, Taurean Everett, Michaeljon Slinger, Justin Urso, and Amos Wolff. Previously announced vocal ensemble members include Cree Carrico, Christine DiGiallonardo, Timothy McDevitt, and Max Miller.
Three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Nance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) directs the concert production, collaborating with Rob Fisher (The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall and founding music director of Encores! and Anything Goes and Chicago) as music director conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (NBC's SMASH). Additional creative personnel include costume consultant William Ivey Long, lighting designer Alan Adelman, projections designer Wendall K. Harrington, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg, with casting by Telsey + Company. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit, providing support for the wide-ranging music education programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
This Guys and Dolls benefit evening is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP with corporate chair Stephen R. Howe, Jr. and co-chaired by Leni and Peter May and Nelle Nugent and Jolyon Stern. Benefit tickets start at $1,000 and include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to a festive after party at Remi Restaurant with members of the cast. For a more complete evening, a VIP pre-concert dinner at Carnegie Hall is also available to table buyers at the $15,000 level and above. Benefit tickets are available by calling Carnegie Hall's Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/guysanddolls. Benefit Table availability is limited. All proceeds from the event will support Carnegie Hall's artistic and education programs.
With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls has remained a perennial favorite in the American musical theater canon. The musical is an adaptation of short stories by Damon Runyon and paints a picture of 1930s New York City, focusing on gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, missionary Sarah Brown, and nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide. The score includes favorites such as a "A Bushel and a Peck," "Luck Be A Lady," "Take Back Your Mink," "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," and "If I Were A Bell." Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950 and was subsequently revived in 1976, 1992, and, most recently, in 2009.
Carnegie Hall's concert presentations of favorite musicals in recent years have included Rodgers and Hammerstein's works The Sound of Music with Laura Osnes and Tony Goldwyn (2011), South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2005), and Carousel with Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald (2002), as well as Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat with Nathan Gunn, Carolee Carmello, Marilyn Horne, and Alvy Powell (2008).