Old Globe Theatre Annouces Full Cast & Creative Team For SAMMY, Runs 9/19-11/8, Opens 10/2
Old Globe Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Sammy, a new musical based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Directed by Keith Glover with choreography by Keith Young and music supervision by Ian Fraser, Sammy will run in the Old Globe Theatre Sept. 19 - Nov. 8. Previews run from Sept. 19 - Oct. 1. Opening night is Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Sammy are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.
"The opportunity to work with Leslie Bricusse and tell the story of the great Sammy Davis, Jr. was something we couldn't pass up," said Spisto. "Bricusse contributed to Sammy's canon of hits more than any other individual songwriter. Who better to give us an insightful book and a new score which includes the classics that helped shape this legendary entertainer? Though Sammy crossed many boundaries throughout his multifaceted career, there was much more to him than his iconic public persona. Our aim with this new work is to both honor Sammy Davis, Jr. for those who knew and loved him, and to also introduce this one-of-a-kind performer to a new audience."
Sammy moves from Sammy Davis, Jr.'s beginnings in vaudeville through the Rat Pack years with Frank Sinatra to ultimate recognition of his lifetime contribution to American culture. Featuring the classic tunes that helped to make Davis an icon - "The Candy Man," "Mr. Bojangles" and "What Kind of Fool Am I" - Sammy traces the highs and lows of the ultimate triple-threat singer, actor and dancer. Davis was one of the greatest performers of his generation, paving new ground while struggling with issues of identity, race and a turbulent personal life.
As previously announced, Broadway veteran Obba Babatundé headlines as Sammy Davis, Jr. The cast also features Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Ann Duquesnay (Rosa Davis), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Adam James (Frank Sinatra), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Ted Louis Levy (Sammy Davis, Sr.), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Perry Ojeda (Eddie Cantor/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Anise Ritchie and Sarrah Strimel (Ensemble).
The Sammy creative team also includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini (Costume Design), Chris Lee (Lighting Design), John H. Shivers (Sound Design), David Patridge (Sound Design), Ned Ginsburg (Orchestrator), Rahn Coleman (Music Director/Conductor), Dominique Kelley (Assistant Choreographer), Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) and David Sugarman (Stage Manager).
The multitalented Keith Glover returns to The Old Globe having previously directed his own work, Thunder Knocking on the Door, winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's Osborn Award. He authored a new adaptation of the Sammy Davis, Jr. vehicle, Golden Boy (based on the original by Clifford Odets and William Gibson) and has directed many of his own plays including In Walks Ed which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Dancing on Moonlight, produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Coming of the Hurricane, a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Award for Best Play, The Rose of Corazon, Jazzland, Dark Paradise, Shooting Star, Clandestine Crossing and The Sword of Kazaran. As an actor, he has appeared on stage, television and film. Glover received an Outstanding Writing in a Feature Film/Television Movie Image Award nomination for Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.
Keith Young choreographed the recent Broadway revival of On the Town. His regional credits include Crowns, Thunder Knocking at the Door and Cheer. His film credits include Nancy Meyer's upcoming feature It's Complicated with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, The Baster with Jennifer Aniston, Rent, Something's Gotta Give, What Women Want, Dark Streets, The Holiday, Rat Race, Affair of the Necklace and The Parent Trap. On television, his work has been seen on The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards, The NAACP Image Awards, "Pushing Daisies," "The Unit," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The Drew Carey Show" (Emmy Award), "Seinfeld" and "Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope" (American Choreography Award). Young has staged both live concerts and music videos for Madonna, Babyface, Bette Midler, Josh Groban, Outkast, Phil Collins, Clay Aiken, LL Cool J, Talking Heads, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole.