Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!
Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, who recently starred opposite each other in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD, will return to the stage in Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny in St. Louis beginning July 6, just one week after they tie the knot!
Murin will reprise her role as 'Linda Mason', which she first played at Goodspeed Theater last year. She is also no stranger to The Muny, having starred in its productions of CHICAGO in 2012 and THE LITTLE MERMAID in 2011. The actress created the title role of LYSISTRATA JONES, which she played at the Dallas Theater Center, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway. She has been seen in Broadway's XANADU and Off-Broadway in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and FLY BY NIGHT.
Murin told CBS St. Louis: "The Muny has a lot of appeal for Colin and I. It has the outdoor feel of summer camp, but doing a big number in front of 11,000 people is an experience you will never forget. It can only happen at The Muny. The process of putting together a show at The Muny is amazingly quick. Everyone who works on a show at The Muny bonds together in a very special way because of the challenging and frantic pace."
Donnell, who will play Jim Hardy, added: "My family has had season tickets to The Muny for years. After high school I performed at The Muny for about 5 years. It is so neat to be coming back in a lead role. Patti and I are fortunate to have had schedules that allowed it to work out. St. Louis is the kind of pace you're always glad to say is your hometown."
Donnell has starred on Broadway in VIOLET, ANYTHING GOES (Drama Desk nomination), and JERSEY BOYS, and in the national tours of WICKED and MAMMA MIA! His Off-Broadway credits include LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Shakespeare in the Park), MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, and ALMOST HEAVEN: THE SONGS OF JOHN DENVER. TV work includes recurring roles on "The Affair" and "Pam Am," as well as a series regular on "Arrow." He also appeared in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and FOLLIES at Encores!
Making its Muny and Mid-west premiere, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn dances its way onto the Muny stage, telling the story of a Connecticut farmhouse transformed into a jubilant nightspot and hotel that is only open on holidays! Based on the 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn features such Irving Berlin classics as "Easter Parade," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Shakin' The Blues Away," "Be Careful, It's My Heart," and more!
GORDON GREENBERG (Director) returns to The Muny where he directed the 2013 production of West Side Story. He wrote and directed Holiday Inn for Universal Pictures and Goodspeed Opera House, as well as directed and conceived the Muny's production of Pirates!. Other directing/writing credits include: the 60th Anniversary U.K. production of Guys & Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre), Working (Drama Desk Award, 59 E 59, Old Globe, Broadway in Chicago, Asolo), Jacques Brel... (Zipper Theatre, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award nominations), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown), Scramble Band (writer, Disney Channel original movie), Rags (Roundabout, workshop), The Single Girls Guide (writer, Dallas Theatre Center, Ars Nova),Band Geeks! (co-writer, Goodspeed, M.T.I.), Pirates! Or Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd (created with Nell Benjamin for Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Huntington, Muny), Yentl (Asolo), Guys & Dolls (U.S. National Tour), The Baker's Wife(Goodspeed & Paper Mill), Disney's Believe (Disney Creative), Disney Fantasy Celebration with Neil Patrick Harris and Jerry Seinfeld, 33 Variations (Capital Rep.), and Floyd Collins (Signature). Current projects include adapting and directing The Secret of My Success for Universal Stage Productions, directing the stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, and developing a new musical with Broadway legend Jerry Herman. Gordon is the director of new musical development for the acclaimed New Group in New York. Education: Stanford University, NYU Film School, RADA, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
DENIS JONES (Choreographer) returns to The Muny after directing and choreographing the 2014 production ofGrease, directing and choreographing the 2013 production of Spamalot, directing and choreographing the 2012 production of Chicago, and choreographing the premiere of Pirates!. He recently choreographed the Broadway production of Honeymoon In Vegas, as well as the premiere of Holiday Inn (Goodspeed Opera House). Denis also directed and choreographed the off-Broadway premiere of Piece of My Heart. Other recent projects as choreographer include The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Honeymoon in Vegas (Paper Mill Playhouse), Damn Yankees (Paper Mill and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre), Elf (5th Avenue), Disaster! (St. Luke's), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Johnny Baseball, She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and the international tour of My Fair Lady. Denis was the associate choreographer for Broadway's Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
JAMES MOORE (Music Director) returns to The Muny where his previous productions include: Hello, Dolly!;West Side Story; The Producers; Meet Me in St. Louis and The Music Man. For his work on West Side Story, he received a nomination for outstanding musical director from the St. Louis Theatre Circle. Currently, James serves as music director for the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of On The Town, and the pre-Broadway revival ofGigi. Other Broadway credits include Follies, South Pacific and Ragtime. Recent appearances include The Pirates of Penzance for The Public Theater with a cast that included Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short and Eric Idle; My Fair Lady for The Kennedy Center starring Jonathan Pryce; Camelot with the National Symphony Orchestra and Brian Stokes Mitchell; Hello, Dolly! at Ford's Theatre; and engagements with the Santa Barbara Symphony. James has conducted the first national touring companies of The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; Crazy for You and The World Goes 'Round - The Songs of Kander and Ebb. A native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, James holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
The Muny's 2015 summer season, its 97th summer season in Forest Park, features seven shows, including: My Fair Lady (June 15 - June 21),Hairspray (June 23 - June 30), Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (July 6 - July 12),Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (July 13 - July 19), Into The Woods (July 21 - July 27), Disney's Beauty and The Beast (July 29 - August 7), andOklahoma! (August 10 - August 16.) For more information call (314) 361-1900or visit muny.org.The exciting line-up includes 3 Muny premieres. The seven shows are: My Fair Lady (June 15 - June 21), Hairspray (June 23 - June 30), Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (July 6 - July 12), Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (July 13 - July 19), Into The Woods (July 21 - July 27), Disney's Beauty and The Beast (July 29 - August 7), and Oklahoma! (August 10 - August 16.) For more information call (314) 361-1900 or visit muny.org.
Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia
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