Vince Pesce Assumes Role of Director/Choreographer for Goodspeed's SOMETHING'S AFOOT

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Vince Pesce Assumes Role of Director/Choreographer for Goodspeed's SOMETHING'S AFOOT

Due to a critical illness in her family, Casey Husion has withdrawn from directing Something's Afoot at the Goodspeed Opera House. Vince Pesce, originally choreographer of the production, will now also direct the show. During the planning process, Ms. Hushion, who conceived this production, worked closely with Mr. Pesce as she consulted with the authors, chose the creative team and cast the show. Everyone in the Goodspeed family wishes the best to Ms. Hushion and her family while we welcome Mr. Pesce as director.

Vince Pesce who choreographed Goodspeed's recent hit Mame also served as Associate Choreographer of Broadway's Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Find out if the butler did it when Goodspeed Musicals brings intrigue and amusement to the Opera House stage with its production of the musical whodunit Something's Afoot. This hilarious musical send-up of Agatha Christie-style stumpers will complete Goodspeed's 2012 season, running from October 5 – December 9 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Something's Afoot will be sponsored by Webster Bank and Connecticut Light and Power.

An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn't do it! With songs like "I Owe It All To Agatha Christie," it's a zany whodunit for all to enjoy.

Something's Afoot features a book, music, and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach with additional music by Ed Linderman.

The killer cast will feature Liz Pearce as Lettie. Ms. Pearce's Broadway credits include Billy Elliot: The Musical and her Goodspeed credits include City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and George M!. Flint will be played by Khris Lewin who appeared in Goodspeed's My One And Only. Clive will be played by Ron Wisniski of Goodspeed's A Funny Thing…Forum, Me and My Girl, Finian's Rainbow, Gotham!, and Annie. Hope Langdon will be played by Julia Osborne who appeared in Goodspeed's Half a Sixpence and The Pirates of Penzance. Dr. Grayburn will be played by Peter Van Wagner of television's "Boardwalk Empire" and Goodspeed's Road to Hollywood and On The Twentieth Century. Nigel Rancour will be played by Benjamin Eakeley of Broadway's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Sweeney Todd. The role of Lady Manley-Prowe will be played by Drama Desk nominated actressLynne Wintersteller whose credits include Broadway's A Grand Night for Singing and the National Tours of Company andAnnie.

Goodspeed audience favorite Ed Dixon will play Colonel Gillweather. Mr. Dixon's numerous Broadway credits includeAnything Goes, SUNDAY IN THE Park with George, MARY POPPINS, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Les Miserables. His Goodspeed credits include Big River, Pirates of Penzance, Can-Can, and Starcrossed. Miss Tweed will be played by Audrie Neenan of Broadway's Sister Act, Oklahoma!, Picnic, The Odd Couple, and The Curse of an Aching Heart. Geoffrey will be played by Hunter Ryan Herdlicka of Broadway's A Little Night Music.

The understudies will be Madeleine Doherty, Alyssa Gagarin, and Bronson Norris Murphy.

Something's Afoot will be directed and choreographed by Vince Pesce, who also choreographed Goodspeed's recent hit, Mame and also served as Associate Choreographer of Broadway's Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Scenic designs will be by Adrian W. Jones whose credits include Broadway's Looped, the Goodspeed Opera House production of How to Succeed…and Cutman at The Norma Terris Theatre. Costumes will be designed by Tracy Christensenwhose ingenious designs for last season's City of Angels truly wowed Goodspeed audiences. Ms. Christensen's numerous Broadway credits include Costume Designer for Souvenir and Associate Costume Designer for A Little Night Music, Shrek The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, andBeauty and the Beast. Lighting design will be by Jason Lyonswho served as Lighting Designer for Goodspeed's The Bikinis, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, andCutman, all at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Lyons' Broadway credits include Bring It On, Rock of Ages, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Good Vibrations. Sound design will be by Jay Hilton who has served as Goodspeed Musicals Lighting and Sound Supervisor - lending his talents as designer to numerous productions - for over 26 years.

The Music Director for Something's Afoot will be Michael O'Flaherty who is in his 21st season as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director. William J. Thomas will be Assistant Music Director. Orchestrations will be provided by Dan DeLange, who created the orchestrations for Goodspeed's Carousel, Mame,Show Boat, My One And Only, Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, The Boy Friend, and many more.

Something's Afoot is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Something's Afoot will run October 5 through December 9, 2012 [Official Press Opening October 24, 2012]. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at goodspeed.org.

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