Melissa van der Schyff, Anika Larsen, et al. to Lead BABY CASE at NYMF, 7/16-22
The New York Musical Theatre Festival will present Michael Ogborn's award winning musical Baby Case, directed by Jeremy Dobrish, produced by Charlie Fink, Michael Ogborn, Robert Soslow, Juliana Schauerman, Dorothy Flynn, Caroline Castagno, Glenn Gunderson, Kathy Lou Leone, Diane Santillo, and Anne Makara. Baby Case will playfrom July 16 - 22, 2012 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42 St).
In 1927, publicity-shy Charles Lindbergh, Jr. makes the first non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic and becomes a great American hero, the envy of millions... until his infant son is kidnapped, setting off the first true media circus of modern times! Baby Case gives a kaleidoscopic look at a nation gripped by gossip and hypnotized by the strobe of flash bulbs as one family's personal tragedy spirals into a national obsession and a murder trial morphs into sensationalized, headline entertainment.
The cast of the musical includes: EuGene Barry-Hill (The Lion King, Ain't Misbehavin'), Jason Collins (National Tour: Annie, Signs of Life), Tom Riis Farrell (B'way: Chicago, Coram Boy, Dirty Blonde, Wrong Mountain, 1776.),Michael Thomas Holmes (B'way: Oklahoma!, National Tour The Producers), Anika Larsen (Seth Rudetsky's Disaster! The Musical, B'way's Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Rent ), Matthew G. Myers (National TourHandel's Messiah Rocks, Jesus Christ Superstar), Patricia Noonan (NYMF's Pride and Prejudice, Death Takes a Holiday, Signs of Life), Melissa van Der Schyff (B'way Bonnie & Clyde- Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Noms, Big River), Will Reynolds (National Tour Mamma Mia Regional: A Room With A View, Emma,), Kurt Zischke (Signs of Life, Whistle Down the Wind.). Creative team includes: Denise Puricelli (Music Director), Warren Adams (Choreography), Martin Lopez (Set & Costume Design), Zach Blane (Lighting Design), Daryl Eisenberg, CSA (Casting), Heather Hogan (Stage Manager) and Liz Ulmer (Consulting Producer).
Baby Case was originally presented by Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, where the world premiere production received raves from audiences and critics alike, The Philadelphia Inquirer headline declared "'Crime of the Century' yields the season's best musical." That production won four Barrymore Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.