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Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Flamingo Kid at Hartford Stage! Check out exclusive photos from the production below!

The Flamingo Kid, inspired by the 1984 Garry Marshall coming-of-age film starring Matt Dillon, reunites Tresnjak with A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder's Tony Award-winning book writer and lyricist Robert L. Freedman. They are collaborating for the first time with the Tony Award-nominated composer Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, War Paint).

In the summer of '63, against the wishes of his father, Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick leaves behind his blue-collar roots for an exciting job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo - a posh private club on Long Island. There, Jeffrey meets Carla, a forward-thinking young woman from California. The music, the romance, and the beach are magical - until tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.

Jimmy Brewer (Motherfreakinghood, Playwrights Horizon; The Black Suits, Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre) was cast in the leading role of Jeffrey Winnick in The Flamingo Kid last year while still a student at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

Broadway veterans Adam Heller (Elf and Victor/Victoria) and Liz Larsen(Tony Award nominee for The Most Happy Fella and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) plays Arthur and Ruth, Jeffrey's parents. Three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9-5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Olivier Award winner and Drama Desk Award nominee Lesli Margherita (Matilda the Musical, Zorro the Musical) play Phil and Phyllis Brody, the affluent couple who frequent the El Flamingo Club. Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof-Revival, Broadway; Rags, Goodspeed Opera House-Winner, CT Critics Circle Best Actress) plays their niece, Carla.

The cast also includes young Broadway talents Lindsey Brett Carothers (Gettin' the Band Back Together) as Joyce; Ben Fankhauser (Newsies the Musical) as Steve; and Alex Wyse (Waitress) as Hawk.

The Ensemble of The Flamingo Kid includes Ben Bogen (Frozen, Broadway); Michael Hartung (Hello, Dolly!-Revival, Broadway); Jean Kauffman (Cats-National Tour); Ken Krugman (Anastasia, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet!, Broadway); Anna Noble (Carousel-Revival, Broadway); Erin Leigh Peck (Grease!, Broadway); Steve Routman (The Underpants, Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatre); William Squier (Rear Window, Hartford Stage); Kathy Voytko (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Broadway); Price Waldman (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Broadway); Kelli Youngman (Anastasia, Broadway); and Stuart Zagnit (Seussical, Broadway).

Students from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford - Gregory Rodriguez (Ensemble), Taylor Lloyd (Swing), and Jayke Workman (Swing) - round out the cast.

In addition to Tresnjak, Freedman and Frankel, the creative team includes Tony Award-nominated Choreographer Denis Jones (Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical; Tootsie); Tony Award-nominated Set Designer Alexander Dodge (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Linda Cho (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Lighting Designer Philip Rosenberg (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Drama Desk Award-nominated Sound Designer Peter Hylenski (Anastasia, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Drama Desk Award-winning Projection Designer Aaron Rhyne (Anastasia, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Music DirectorThomas Murray (Anastasia, Hartford Stage and Broadway); Orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza); Drama Desk Award-winning Hair Designer Charles G. LaPointe (SpongeBob SquarePants, Broadway); Make-Up Designer Joya Giambrone (The Cher Show-Associate Designer, Broadway); Fight Choreographer Thomas Schall (89 Broadway credits, including King Lear and Network); Associate Choreographer Robbie Roby (The Little Mermaid-National Tour); and Assistant Music Director Paul Staroba (My Fair Lady-Revival, Broadway). Composer Scott Frankelwill provide the dance and vocal arrangements.

Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Rachel Alderman is the Associate Director for The Flamingo Kid. Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson is the Dramaturg.

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Ben Fankhauser, Alex Wyse, Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Ben Fankhauser, Jimmy Brewer, Alex Wyse

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Lesli Margherita

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Samantha Massell, Ben Fankhauser, Jimmy Brewer, Alex Wyse

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
The cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Liz Larsen, Adam Heller

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Ben Fankhauser, Jimmy Brewer, Alex Wyse

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Marc Kudisch and the cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Lesli Margherita

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Ben Fankhauser, Lindsey Brett Carothers

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Samantha Massell

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Samantha Massell

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Kathy Voytko

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jean Kauffman, Taylor Lloyd, Erin Leigh Peck, Kelli Youngman, Kathy Voytko

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Samantha Massell

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Marc Kudisch, Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Adam Heller, Liz Larsen, Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Omar Lopez-Cepero, Lesli Margherita

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Alex Wyse, Jimmy Brewer, Ben Fankhauser

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
The cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Adam Heller

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Gregory Rodriguez, Lindsey Brett Carothers

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Samantha Massell, Jimmy Brewer

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Samantha Massell

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Liz Larsen, Adam Heller

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Lesli Margherita

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
(L-R) Michael Hartung, Price Waldman

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
The cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
The cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
The cast of The Flamingo Kid

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At THE FLAMINGO KID at Hartford Stage
Jimmy Brewer, Adam Heller

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