Tony Yazbeck & Gabrielle Ruiz to Star in Goodspeed's MY ONE AND ONLY

Goodspeed Musicals, the first theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards, is happy to announce the cast of My One And Only. This tap-tastic musical from the director who brought you Goodspeed's Singin' in the Rain and 42nd Street will run from April 15 - June 25 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. This production will be sponsored by Bank of America and Amica. 

‘S Wonderful! ‘S Marvelous! The glamorous ‘20s come roaring back to life when a barnstorming aviator falls for a bathing beauty. Their romantic pursuit is sidetracked by a series of zany escapades but together they navigate their way to a happy ending. This tap dance spectacular with an incomparable Gershwin score - "'S Wonderful," "Funny Face," "Kickin' The Clouds Away" and more - will have you floating on air.

My One and Only features Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer.

Broadway veteran Tony Yazbeck will play love-struck aviator, Captain Billy Buck Chandler. Mr. Yazbeck made his Broadway debut in Gypsy with Tyne Daly. Other Broadway credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Gypsy with Patti LuPone, A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, and Oklahoma!. Edythe Herbert will be played by Gabrielle Ruiz who appeared in Broadway's In the Heights.

Prince Nicolai will be played by Khris Lewin. The role of Mickey will be played by Kirsten Wyatt of Broadway's Elf; Grease; High Fidelity; Urinetown; andYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ms. Wyatt was also seen in Goodspeed's The Boy Friend. Reverend J.D. Montgomery will be played by Trent Armand Kendall who performed in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods and in Goodspeed's Li'l Abner. Mr. Magix will be played by Alde Lewis, Jr. of Broadway's Big Deal and My One And Only.
The New Rhythm Boys will be played by Victor J. Wisehart and Michael Ramey. Vasthy E. Mompoint of Broadway's Mary Poppins, Hot Feet, and Good Vibrations will play New Rhythm Girl.

The ensemble will include Nancy Renee Braun (Broadway's Gypsy with Patti LuPone), Brian Davis, Deanna Glover, Joe Grandy (Goodspeed's 42nd Street), Matthew Kilgore (Broadway's Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Goodspeed's How To Succeed...), Drew King, Lea Kohl (Broadway's Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Jarran Muse (Broadway's Irving Berlin's White Christmas ), Kristyn Pope (Broadway's Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Goodspeed's 42nd Street), Allison Kaye Rihn, and Kristen J. Smith. The swings will be Dan Gleason and Laurie Veldheer.

My One And Only will be directed by Ray Roderick who returns to Goodspeed where he directed 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, and Double Trouble at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick co-conceived, Directed and Choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano. His other credits include Associate Director of the 2001 Broadway revival of The Music Man and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. Choreographer for this production will be Kelli Barclay who will return to Goodspeed after choreographing last year's How to Succeed... Ms. Barclay's Broadway credits include Assistant Choreographer on the revival of 42nd Street and Associate Choreographer of Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

Scenic designs will be by James Youmans whose designs have been seen on Broadway in Come Fly Away, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Swinging on a Star. Mr. Youmans has also acted as scenic designer for such Goodspeed favorites as Summer of '42, Paper Moon, Finian's Rainbow, and King of Hearts, and Captain's Courageous at The Norma Terris Theatre. Costumes will be designed by Robin McGee who was the costume designer for Broadway's As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. Lighting design will be by Paul Miller whose numerous Broadway credits include Assistant Lighting Designer for Macbeth, Lighting Designer for Legally Blonde, and Associate Lighting Designer for Company, Three Days of Rain, and Sweeney Todd. Projection designs will be by Michael Clark who served as Projection Designer for Broadway's Ring of Fire; Jersey Boys; Dracula, the Musical; and The Elephant Man . Sound design will be by Jay Hilton who is in his 26th season at Goodspeed.

The Music Director for My One And Only is Michael O'Flaherty who is in his 20th season as Goodspeed's Resident Music Director. William J. Thomas is assistant music director. Orchestrations will be provided by Dan DeLange, who provided the orchestrations for Goodspeed Musicals' How To Succeed..., Carnival!, Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, Half a Sixpence, High Button Shoes, Singin' in the Rain, and The Boy Friend. My One And Only is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

My One And Only will run April 15 through June 25, 2011 [Official Press Opening May 11, 2011]. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events and more visit us at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed gratefully acknowledges the support of assisting production sponsor Bank of America; supporting sponsor Amica Insurance; Sennheiser, the official audio sponsor; and Hoffman Audi, the official auto sponsor of Goodspeed Musicals. Goodspeed is supported in part by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

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