Full Cast Revealed for 5th Ave's New Ahrens and Flaherty Musical MARIE, DANCING STILL

By: Mar. 06, 2019
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Full Cast Revealed for 5th Ave's New Ahrens and Flaherty Musical MARIE, DANCING STILL

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced full casting for its production of Marie, Dancing Still - A New Musical, the gorgeous new work from Tony Award-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact).

Previously announced casting includes the acclaimed international prima ballerina, New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck in the title role, Tony Award-nominated actors Terrence Mann (Broadway Original Casts: Javert in Les Misérables, Beast in the Beauty and the Beast, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats) as Edgar Degas; Louise Pitre (Broadway: Mamma Mia!) as Adult Marie, Dee Hoty (Broadway: Footloose, Bye Bye Birdie) as Mary Cassatt; Tony-winning actress Karen Ziemba (Broadway: Contact, Bullets Over Broadway, 42nd Street) as Martine Van Goethem; and Jenny Powers (Broadway: Grease, Little Women) as Antoinette Van Goethem. Kyle Harris (National Tour: West Side Story), who originated the role of Christian at The Kennedy Center, also returns. Christopher Gurr (Broadway: Spamalot, Tuck Everlasting, All the Way) joins the cast as Corbeil, with Noelle Hogan (Off-Broadway: The Runaways; National Tour: Fun Home) as Charlotte Van Goethem.

Just announced is the ensemble, which features the multitalented Caitlin Abraham, Polly Baird, Lauren Blackman, Anaïs Blake, Jim Borstelmann, Abbey Del Corral, Sara Esty, Justin Genna, Tyler Hardwick, Barbara Marineau, Jolina Javier, Jasmine Ward, and Lyrica Woodruff, with Jessica Bishop, Richard Gatta, Amy Ruggiero, and David Prottas as swings.

"The 5th is a driving force in the development of new musicals," said 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry. "For us, the only thing as exciting as creating today's must-see musicals is imagining tomorrow's. We are thrilled to welcome some of Broadway's brightest lights to Seattle to create this new musical for our Seattle community."

Playing March 22 - April 14, 2019 (press opening Friday, April 5), single tickets for Marie, Dancing Still are on sale now at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at206.625.1900, or in person at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

Set in 19th-century Paris in an era of groundbreaking artistry, a girl named Marie dreams of being the next star of the ballet. Despite the odds of her hard-scrabble life, she scrimps, saves, and steals in pursuit of her ambitions. But when fate leads her to the studio of Impressionist Edgar Degas, she unknowingly steps into immortality-becoming the inspiration for his most famous sculpture ever: Little Dancer. Marie, Dancing Still, which was formerly titled Little Dancer in a previous production at The Kennedy Center in 2014, is the gorgeous new musical poised to conquer the stage-and your heart.

About the Cast

Tiler Peck makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Marie Van Goethem. Peck is an international award-winning Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, curator, actress, and designer. Broadway: The Music Man (Gracie Shinn), On the Town (Ivy Smith). Regional: Carousel (Louise). Film/TV: Ballet Now (Dance Magazine). Awards: Dance Magazine Award (2016), Forbes 30 Under 30 (2013), and Princess Grace Statue Award (2013). Peck is a designer of Tiler Peck Designs for Body Wrappers.

Terrence Mann returns to The 5th to star as Edgar Degas. The 5th: The Sound of Music (Capt. Von Trapp). Broadway: Pippin (Charles, Tony nom, Outer Critics Circle Award); Les Misérables (Javert, Tony nom); Beauty and the Beast (Beast, Tony nom); Cats (Tugger); Barnum (Ringmaster); Jerome Robbins' Broadway(Narrator); Finding Neverland (Frohman/Hook); Addams Family (Mal Bieneke); Tuck Everlasting (Man in Yellow Suit). Off-Broadway: Assassins (Czolgosz), Jerry Springer the Opera (Jerry Springer). Film/TV: Sense8 (Whispers), A Chorus Line (Larry), 30 Rock, Dresden Files (Bob). Artistic Director: Triple Arts Musical Theatre Intensive, Conn Rep Nutmeg Series.

Louise Pitre makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Adult Marie Van Goethem. Broadway: Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (Tony nomination). Regional: Mama Rose, Gypsy, Chicago Shakespeare; Mame, Mame, Goodspeed. Recipient of four Dora Mavor Moore awards for Blood Brothers, Piaf, Toxic Avenger, Mamma Mia! She has released four albums and tours-in-concert in Canada and the US. Next: Dr. Madden in Next to Normal this spring and Piaf in Piaf-Dietrich, A Legendary Affair this fall, both at CAA Theatre in Toronto.

Dee Hoty returns to The 5th Avenue Theatre as Mary Cassatt. The 5th: Starred in Mame, Lone Star Love, Anything Goes. Broadway/Tony nominations*: Bright Star, Gigi, Mamma Mia!, Footloose*, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public*, Will Rogers Follies*, City of Angels, Me and My Girl, Big River. Tours/Regional: Fern Hill, Sylvia, Lion in Winter, 9 to 5, Dr. Doolittle, Rich Girl, Other Desert Cities, Barnum. Film/TV: Dickinson, Mrs. Maisel, The Sinner, Elementary, Smash, Law and Order. Otterbein University: B.A. Speech & Theatre, Honorary Doctorate of Arts.

Karen Ziemba makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Martine Van Goethem. Broadway: Contact (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Curtains(Tony nom); Steel Pier (Tony nom); Never Gonna Dance (Tony nom); Prince of Broadway; Crazy for You; Bullets Over Broadway. Off-Broadway: And the World Goes 'Round, Kid Victory, Heartbreak House, Heresy. Regional: Six Degrees of Separation, Much Ado About Nothing, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound. TV: Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU/Criminal Intent.

Jenny Powers returns to The 5th as Antoinette Van Goethem. Secondhand Lions. Broadway: Grease, Little Women. Off-Broadway: It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Of Thee I Sing; Follies; Donnybrook! (Drama Desk nom); Happiness. Regional: Dangerous Beauty; Little Dancer; The Glorious Ones; Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein. TV/Film: Power, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Mercy, Law & Order: CI, Nurse Jackie, I Think I Love My Wife, The Mysteries of Laura. Debut album with husband, Matt Cavenaugh: Gonna Make You Love Me.

Kyle Harris makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Christian. Broadway/National Tour: Sondheim on Sondheim, Tony in West Side Story. Regional: Little Dancer, A Room With a View, The Rainmaker, Hair. Television: God Friended Me, Stitchers (Teen Choice Nomination), High Maintenance, The Blacklist Redemption, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries. His book Katerina Ballerina and the Pen Pal Pack will be released next spring, written with Marie, Dancing Still co-star, Tiler Peck.

Christopher Gurr makes his 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Corbeil and Degas Understudy. Broadway: Cats (revival), Tuck Everlasting, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, All The Way. National Tours: Memphis, Spamalot. Off-Broadway: Arturo Ui (Classic Stage Company). Regional: The Sting (Paper Mill); Titanic (Pittsburgh CLO); Copenhagen, 1776, Twelve Angry Men (Geva); Tommy, Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Lion in Winter (Indiana Rep); Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race). Television: Madam Secretary. Proud union member: Actors' Equity, Sag/AFTRA, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Noelle Hogan returns to The 5th as Charlotte Van Goethem, where she previously performed in the National Tour of Fun Home, as Charlotte Van Goethem. Off-Broadway: Runaways (Public Theatre). TV: Succession (HBO). 2018 Regional Mini Breakout Artist for NUVO, NYCDA Mini Outstanding Dancer 2018, Junior OD 2019.

Photo Credit Walter McBride