Karen Mason and Mark Jacoby to Lead SNAPSHOTS at Goodspeed; Full Cast Set for 20 Songs From WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL & More

Goodspeed Musicals has put together an incredible cast for Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook a heartwarming, multi-decade musical about the tribulations and triumphs of love featuring Stephen Schwartz's beloved songs from his most popular Broadway musicals including Pippin, Wicked and Godspell. This captivating new work conceived by Michael Scheman and book writer David Stern will run fromOctober 24 to November 17 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. ­- Goodspeed's home for developing fresh, innovative, and original new musicals. Snapshots is sponsored by Essex Savings Bank.

This romantic comedy blends some of the best-loved music from composer Stephen Schwartz's Broadway shows (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker's Wife) with some of his lesser-known gems. You'll meet Sue and Dan, a couple who, after 20 years of marriage, have drifted apart. Together they discover a box of photographs which leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots. Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, our couple discovers the humorous twists of how love united them and why life has pushed them apart. Every couple will see themselves in Snapshots!

The cast will feature Karen Mason as Sue. Ms. Mason has appeared in Broadway'sWonderland, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Play Me a Country Song as well as Goodspeed's Heartbeats at The Norma Terris Theatre. Opposite her as Dan will be Tony-nominated Mark Jacoby whose credits include Broadway's Elf, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime,Showboat, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Sweet Charity. Mr. Jacoby performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in On The Twentieth Century.

Susan will be played by Elizabeth Stanley of Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby, and Company. Daniel will be played by Matthew Scott of Broadway's Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair, and Jersey Boys. Susie will be played by Ephie Aardema of whose credits include national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music. Danny will be played by Dan DeLuca.

Snapshots features famous songs and new orchestrations by Stephen Schwartz and a book by David Stern. Stephen Schwartz's many accolades include six Tony nominations (Wicked, Godspell, Rags and Working.), three Oscars (Disney's Pocahontas and Dreamworks' The Prince of Egypt.) and four Grammys (Godspell, Pocahontas, andWicked). He is also no stranger to Goodspeed, in 2002 he fine-tuned his musical The Baker's Wife at the Norma Terris Theatre and in 2006 he received The Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre. It features a book by David Stern who has written numerous movies including: Geppetto (four Emmy Award nominations), Open Season 2 (Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Feature), Open Season 3, and the upcoming Turkeys (starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson). He also wrote the musical My Son Pinocchio with longtime collaborator Stephen Schwartz. Additional music and lyrics were written by David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kaufman, Alan Menken and Charles Strouse.

Snapshots will be directed by Daniel Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein directed a recent revival of Godspell on Broadway. His work is very familiar to Goodspeed audiences having directedthe current hit Hello, Dolly! at the Goodspeed Opera House and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown at the Norma Terris in 2011.

The set and costumes will be designed by two-time Tony nominee David Farley. Mr. Farley's Broadway credits include A Little Night Music, 13, and Sunday in the Park with George. He designed 13 for Goodspeed's production at The Norma Terris Theatre before it transferred to Broadway. Lighting design will be by David Weiner who has worked on numerous Broadway shows including Romeo and Juliet, Grace, Godspell,The Sound of Music, Titanic, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Guys and Dolls. Steve Orich, who was nominated for a Tony while working on the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, will serve as Orchestrator. Mr. Orich's Goodspeed credits include The Norma Terris productions of You Never Know, Both Barrels and Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief. Jason Thompson, who has worked on Broadway in Jersey Boys, Lennon, and Dracula, the Musical, will be the Projection Designer. Music Direction will be by Goodspeed veteran Adam Souza who served as Music Director for Goodspeed's The Great American Mousical and Assistant Musical Director for the Goodspeed Opera House productions Very Good Eddie and The Apple Tree as well as Road to Hollywood and Great Expectations at the Norma Terris Theatre. Sound Design will be by Jay Hilton who is in his 28th season at Goodspeed.

Snapshots will be produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael Price. Snapshots will run October 24 - November 17, 2013. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (*Thurs. 8 pm only on October 24), Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at www.goodspeed.org.

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