Jason Danieley, Jenny Powers and More Join Johnny Rabe in 5th Avenue Theatre's SECONDHAND LIONS; Full Cast Announced!
An all-star cast will take the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Lead by Tony Award nominees Gregg Edelman and Mark Jacoby, this adventure story also features Jason Danieley, Jenny Powers, Kevin Earley, Jared Michael Brown, Kendra Kassebaum, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Justin Huertas. Johnny Rabe, star of Broadway's A Christmas Story, takes center stage as Walter.
Secondhand Lions features a book by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes and music and lyrics by First Date composers Michael Weinerand Alan Zachary. Scott Schwartz directs with choreography by the Emmy award-winning Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Harkening back to a simpler time, when a boy's imagination was all that was needed to turn a regular summer on a Texas farm into the adventure of a lifetime, Secondhand Lions follows the extraordinary tale of Walter, an eleven-year-old boy sent to live with his irascible great uncles on their Texas farm for the summer. While there, the tall tales they tell him, stories of hidden treasure and beguiling princesses, lead Walter on a magical odyssey.
Secondhand Lions plays September 7-October 6, 2013 (press opening September 26) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $29) may be purchased online at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
"We could not be more excited to have this thrilling new show on our stage," said 5th Avenue Executive Producer and Artistic DirectorDavid Armstrong. "Last season Broadway saw two new musicals from The 5th (Scandalous and A Christmas Story), and this season Broadway is seeing an additional two new musicals from The 5th (First Date and Disney's Aladdin). We couldn't be happier to have our 15th new musical premiere on our stage at this moment in time, and to continue the marvelous tradition of premiering incredible new shows here in the Pacific Northwest."
About the Cast:
Gregg Edelman and Mark Jacoby star as the cantankerous pair of retired great uncles, Garth and Hub. Edelman is a four time Tony Award nominee for his work in City of Angels and Anna Karenina, and his performances in the revivals of 1776 and Into the Woods. His additional Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and A Tale of Two Cities. He is also a familiar face on television, guest starring on popular shows such as Law & Order, 30 Rock, and The Good Wife and frequently appearing on CBS series Hack. Mark Jacoby is also a seasoned Broadway performer and Tony Award nominee, with credits including Elf, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha,and Showboat (for which he received his Tony nomination). The actor starred as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera for 820 Broadway performances. Jacoby also starred as the Wizard of Oz in the first North American tour of Wicked.
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Rabe makes his Seattle debut as Walter in Secondhand Lions. Rabe received rave reviews for his starring turn as Ralphie in Broadway's A Christmas Story, The Musical last winter. A Chicago native, Rabe previously toured with the show in 2011 as a member of the ensemble. His Chicago credits include roles at Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Provision Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatre. Kendra Kassebaum returns to The 5th Avenue stage to play Walter's mother, Mae. Kassebaum has performed in Broadway productions of Leap of Faith, Wicked, Assassins, and RENT. She has performed many times at The 5th including productions of ELF,Cinderella, Company, and The Secret Garden. Her regional credits include roles at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Ordway, Florida Stage, The Muny, and San Jose Rep, among others.