Malcolm Gets Replaces Allan Corduner in Encores! IRMA LA DOUCE; Runs May 7-11
Malcolm Gets will join Jennifer Bowles and Rob McClure in the New York City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce, running for seven performances, May 7 - 11, 2014. Mr. Gets replaces Allan Corduner, who has had a scheduling conflict. The final production of the 2014 Encores! season will also feature Sam Bolen, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Zachary James, Ken Krugman, and Chris Sullivan. Irma La Douce will be directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Chase Brock, with music direction by Rob Berman. Jack Viertel is Encores! Artistic Director.
Encores! breaks the mold with its first musical not written on American soil with Irma La Douce, the tale of a Parisian lady of the evening (Jennifer Bowles) and the law student (Rob McClure) who falls in love with her. It has music by Marguerite Monnot and English book and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, with original book and lyrics by Alexandre Breffort.
After a three-year run in Paris, an English-language version of Irma La Douce, directed by Peter Brook, enjoyed tremendous success first in London and then on Broadway. It opened at the Plymouth Theatre on September 29, 1960 and ran for 524 performances. The score produced one standard, "Our Language of Love," and also features "The Valse Millieu" and "Dis Donc."
The complete cast includes Sam Bolen, Jennifer Bowles, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Malcolm Gets, Zachary James, Ken Krugman, Rob McClure and Chris Sullivan with Joseph Medeiros, Joseph Simeone, Manuel Stark and Caleb Teicher. (Editors Note: this is a change from previous announcement; Caleb Teicher has replaced Kurt Froman)
Malcolm Gets (Bob) has appeared on Broadway in Macbeth (with Ethan Hawke), Amour (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and The Moliere Comedies. His Off-Broadway credits include The Story of My Life, Polish Joke (Manhattan Theatre Club), Boys and Girls (Playwrights Horizons), A New Brain and Hello Again (Lincoln Center), Merrily We Roll Along (York Theatre, Drama Desk nomination) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF). Malcolm was acknowledged with an Obie Award for his combined work in the 1994-95 season. He is known for his portrayal of "Richard" on NBC's Caroline in the City. Films include Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Love in the Time of Money, Adam and Steve, Sex and the City and HBO's Grey Gardens. His first solo CD, The Journey Home, was released in June 2009 for PS Classics. He has appeared in the Encores! productions of The Boys from Syracuse and The Apple Tree.
Sam Bolen (Frangipane) has appeared Off-Broadway in 1927 and Beyond the iChatter at the Ars Nova ANT Festival as well as Brenda at the New York Fringe Festival. His previous Encores! credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and It's a Bird...It's A Plane...It's Superman.
Jennifer Bowles (Irma) currently plays The Acrobat in Matilda on Broadway. She was in the Broadway company of American Idiot, Minsky's at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, and the first national tours of American Idiot and The Drowsy Chaperone. She was a backup dancer for Kanye West on "Saturday Night Live" and has appeared in three seasons of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
Ben Crawford (Persil) appeared on Broadway in Big Fish, Shrek the Musical (as Shrek) and LES MISERABLES. Ben was seen in the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along.
Stephen DeRosa (Police Inspector) can currently be seen as singer Eddie Canter in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." His many credits include the Broadway productions of The Nance, Hairspray, On the Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods and The Man Who Came to Dinner. His previous Encores! credits include Wonderful Town and Do Re Mi.
Zachary James (Jojo) created the role of Lurch in the Broadway musical The Addams Family, and has been seen in South Pacific and Coram Boy. He has performed with opera companies all over the world, and created the role of Abraham Lincoln in the world premiere of Philip Glass's The Perfect American in the U.K. with the English National Opera. Zach is the founding and Artistic Director of Metropolis Opera Project, a NYC based company dedicated to the development and presentation of new opera. He recently appeared in the Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella.
Ken Krugman (Roberto) was seen in Passion at CSC, Jersey Boys in Las Vegas, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on national tour, Assassins, Candide and LES MISERABLES on Broadway.
Rob McClure (Nestor) received Tony, Drama League, Astaire and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance as Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical on Broadway last season. Rob's other Broadway credits include the 2002 revival of I'm Not Rappaport, opposite Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, and the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q; he later received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance on the Avenue Q national tour. He recently starred opposite Tony Danza in the Paper Mill Playhouse world-premiere production of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon In Vegas which is scheduled to move to Broadway later this year. In Philadelphia, Rob has won two Barrymore Awards for best actor in a musical, and starred as Mozart in Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre. He starred in the title role of the Encores! production of Where's Charley?
Chris Sullivan (Polyte) has appeared on Broadway in Nice Work if You Can Get It, Chicago and Lombardi. His film credits include North Starr, Sugar and The Normal Heart. Chris is a regular cast member of "The Electric Company" and his many voiceover credits include the talking Hump Day camel in a recent Geico commercial.
Rob Berman (Music Director) is in his seventh season as music director of Encores!, where he has conducted 15 productions and several gala concerts. Rob conducted the cast recordings of three Encores! productions: Merrily We Roll Along, Pipe Dream, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Rob's Broadway conducting credits include Finian's Rainbow, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Pajama Game, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town and Promises, Promises. He won an Emmy Award for his work as music director of the Kennedy Center Honors, and he won a Helen Hayes Award for his musical direction of the Kennedy Center's production of Sunday in the Park with George. Rob has conducted for Barbara Cook with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he was also music director for the PBS presentation of A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House.