Kansas City Repertory Theatre's artistic director Eric Rosen has announced the cast of the Rep's production of Pippin. Rosen will direct the musical, which runs September 14-October 7, and kicks off the theatre's 2012-13 season.
"Pippin has a dream-come-true cast and I can't wait for audiences to see them in our new interpretation of this epic rock fable," said Rosen. "This production will be a musically vigorous, genre-shifting explosion of high energy and our multi-talented cast will make the most of every minute of it."
The cast features New York musical theatre veterans performing along-side acclaimed Kansas City professionals.
Claybourne Elder (Pippin): Cabaret, Into the Woods-Kansas City Rep; Bonnie and Clyde-Broadway; Road Show-Off Broadway; One Arm, drama desk nomination Outstanding Actor in a Play-Tectonic Theater Project and The New Group; Pump Up the Volume-Joes' Pub.
Nick Cordero (Leading Player): Little Shop of Horrors-Kansas City Rep; The Toxic Avenger Musical (original cast)-Off Broadway, Man of Rock-New York Musical Theatre Festival; Rock of Ages-first national tour.
John Hickok (Charles): Room Service-Kansas City Rep; The Invisible Hand-Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Man and Boy with Frank Langella-Broadway; Sessions and Meet Me in St. Louis, revival-Off Broadway; If It Only Even Runs A Minute 10-Le Poisson Rouge, New York.
Mary Testa (Berthe): Kansas City Rep debut; Xanadu as Queen of the Mist, On the Town (Tony nomination), 42nd Street, revival (Tony nomination)-Broadway; 2011-12 Drama Desk Award in recognition of excellence and significant contributions to theatre.
Zach Villa (Lewis/Others): Kansas City Rep debut; War Horse, Broadway debut-Lincoln Center; Twelfth Night-Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park; Leonard Bernstein Tribute-Carnegie Hall Opening Night Gala.
Katie Gilchrist (Catherine, Ensemble): Kansas City Rep debut; Oleanna, Bucket of Blood-The Living Room; Everyday Rapture, Lobby Hero-Unicorn Theatre; The Death of Cupid-Kansas City Fringe Festival, all in Kansas City; Trash-New York Fringe Festival.
Katie Kalahurka (Fastrada, Ensemble): Into the Woods, world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical!, A Flea in Her Ear-Kansas City Rep; A Man of No Importance, Death of a Salesman-Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, all in Kansas City.
Jennie Greenberry (Female Ensemble): Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical!-Kansas City Rep; U Bug Me, A Typical Boy, Lucky Duck, including its New York run at the New Victory Theatre.
Gil Perez-Abraham, Jr. (Male Ensemble): Kansas City Rep debut; A Steady Rain-Brave New Works where he is co-artistic director; Noah's Art-Theatre for Young Audiences at Kansas University, all in the Kansas City region.
The Pippin creative team includes:
Choreographer Chase Brock: Kansas City Rep debut; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark-Broadway; Roméo et Juliette, directed by Bartlett Sher-Salzburg Festival; A Little Night Music, revival-CenterStage; the video game Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move.
Music Director and Orchestrator Curtis Moore: Into the Woods, directed by Moisés Kaufman; Rosen and Matt Sax's 2010 world premiere rock musical Venice, which TIME magazine called "The Year's Best Musical," both at Kansas City Rep; Richard III starring Kevin Spacey, directed by Sam Mendes and now on international tour.