Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE

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Arena Stage is preparing for the world premiere of a new musical Dave. Check out photos of the cast and creative in rehearsal below!

Thomas Meehan, Nell Benjamin and Tom Kitt, Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, and with choreography by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton and music direction by Rob Berman, Dave runs July 13-August 19, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater.

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than "presidential" circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people ... and the First Lady.

Drew Gehling will play both President Bill Mitchell and the title role of Dave. Gehling is joined by Mamie Parris (Broadway's Cats, School of Rock) as First Lady Ellen Mitchell, Josh Breckenridge (Broadway's Come From Away), Rachel Flynn (Off-Broadway's Heathers the Musical), Bryonha Marie Parham (Broadway's Prince of Broadway) and Jonathan Rayson (Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors).

Rounding out the company are Jenny Ashman (Kansas City Repertory's Evita), Jared Bradshaw (Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Dana Costello (Jekyll and Hyde national tour), Trista Dollison (Broadway's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Sherri L. Edelen (Arena Stage's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike),Kevin R. Free (The Neo-Futurists' Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), Erin Quill (Broadway's Avenue Q), Jamison Scott (Broadway's Motown the Musical) andVishal Vaidya (Broadway's Groundhog Day).

The creative team for Dave also includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey; costume design by two-time Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James; lighting design by five-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman; sound design by Tony Award nominee Walter Trarbach; projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini; and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator/Music Supervisor Tom Kitt and Artistic Director Molly Smith

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Drew Gehling (Dave Kovic/President Bill Mitchell) and Mamie Parris (Ellen Mitchell)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Executive Director Edgar Dobie and Director Tina Landau

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Josh Breckenridge (Duane Bolden), Bryonha Marie Parham (SuSan Lee) and Douglas Sills (Bob Alexander)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Kevin R. Free (Ensemble/Murray), Vishal Vaidya (Ensemble) and Adam J. Levy (Ensemble)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Drew Gehling and the Cast of DAVE
Jared Bradshaw (Ensemble/Partial Swing) and Jenny Ashman (Ensemble/Partial Swing)



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