Lori Hammel, Meghan Duffy and More Set for Goodspeed Musicals' THE BIKINIS; Full Cast Announced!


Goodspeed Musicals celebrates summer fun in the groovy production The Bikinis a new musical beach party. This hip musical will run from August 9 to September 2 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., Goodspeed's home for developing new works.

Back together again! The sixties girl group that everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...all to raise money to save Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. These Jersey Girls relive their heyday in a non-stop celebration of song with over 30 hits like "It's In His Kiss," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The Bikinis are irresistible!

The Bikinis is written and created by James Hindman and Ray Roderick and features music arrangements by Joseph Baker.

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, is jazzed to announce the cast of The Bikinis. This upcoming production will feature Lori Hammel playing Jodi. Ms. Hammel appeared both on Broadway and in the National Tour of Mamma Mia!, and the National Tour of 9 to 5. Annie will be played by Meghan Duffy who appeared in Broadway's Grease and in the National Tours of The Rocky Horror Show and Mame. Karla will be played by Karyn Quackenbush of Broadway's Imaginary Friends, Annie Get Your Gun, and Blood Brothers, and the National Tours of Annie Get Your Gun; Stop The World, I Want to Get Off; and The Sound of Music. Ms. Quackenbush was last seen Off Broadway in Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss And What I Wore. Karyn also appeared in Goodspeed's Good Sports and Follow Thru. Barbara will be played by Regina LeVert who appeared in the National Tour of Fame - The Musical.

The Bikinis is conceived and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Ray Roderick, who is also choreographing and directing the show, has directed numerous Goodspeed Opera House hits including the recent sensation Mame, Singin' in the Rain, My One And Only, and 42nd Streetas well as last year's Tin Pan Alley tuner Hello! My Babyat The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick served as the Associate Director of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man and co-conceived, directed, and choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano. James Hindman has acted in several Broadway hits including Mary Poppins, 1776, and City of Angels.

Music Arrangements are by Joseph Bakerwith additional music and lyrics by Joseph Baker and Ray Roderick. Lighting Design will be by Jason Lyons of Goodspeed's Norma Terris productions The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown and Cutman. Mr. Lyons' numerous Broadway credits include Bring It On: The Musical, Rock of Ages, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park,and Good Vibrations. Sound Design will be by Jay Hilton, who is in his 27th season at Goodspeed.

The Bikinis will be produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

The Bikinis will run August 9 - September 2, 2012. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of August 9 which begins at 8:00 p.m.), 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. For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events, and more visit the company at goodspeed.org and follow Goodspeed 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 our official audio sponsor Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. Goodspeed Musicals is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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