Guy LeMonnier to Join AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS as 'Phileas Fogg,' Begin. 8/17
Producer Cedric Yau has announced that Guy Lemonnier will step into the role of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, beginning Saturday, August 17, 2013. He will replace Josh Segarra. LeMonnier will head the cast as the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg, the quintessential Brit who takes a bet to travel the globe in 80 days. Shirine Babb, Jimmy Ray Bennett, John Gregorio & Stephen Guarino round out this ensemble cast.
Since opening on May 30, 2013 at The New Theater at 45th Street, under the direction of Rachel Klein, Around the World in 80 Days has garnered rave reviews for this comedic play by Mark Brown based on the novel by Jules Verne.
Guy Lemonnier has toured extensively throughout the US and much of Europe over the past ten years, and is thrilled to be portraying the role of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. He has performed in scores of shows in both New York and regionally, starring in thePrince and the Pauper Off-Broadway (Miles Hendon), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas/Pontius Pilate), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde) and Dracula, the musical (Dracula), to name a few. An original founding member of the highly acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Guy spent the majority of 2011 creating their Holiday album, The Kings Of Christmas, featuring alumni from the orchestra. He is currently recording a new solo album and preparing a national tour of The Kings Of Christmas-365 Days A Year.
Around the World in 80 Days is a fun frolic & fantastic update of the visionary classic. To win a bet, Phileas Fogg, the Victorian action hero & his acrobatic sidekick Passepartout must circle the globe & return to London inside of 80 days. Unknowingly pursued by a tireless detective convinced that Fogg is a robber on the run, the fast-minded, fleet-footed pair traverses 4 continents & 3 oceans in a white-knuckled sprint. 5 actors cleverly portray 39 roles.