Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten announced today the full cast and creative teams for Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which will be presented on the Nikos Stage from July 11 through July 22 (opening July 12), and the Preview Production of Far From Heaven, which will play the Main Stage from July 19 through July 29 (opening July 21). Both shows begin rehearsals today in preparation for their runs at the Festival.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon is directed by Jessica Stone (WTF’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). In the role of Bobbi Michele, Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) joins the previously announced Brooks Ashmanskas (WTF’s She Stoops to Conquer; Promises, Promises) as Barney Cashman, Susie Essman (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Elaine Navazio, and Lili Taylor (WTF’s A Doll’s House, HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) as Jeanette Fisher.
Meet Barney Cashman (Ashmanskas). He's a middle-aged restaurant manager who has a very nice married existence. But he's tired of existing; he wants to live — before it's too late. Maybe one afternoon of passion could be so exhilarating, so vivid, that the memory alone would sate his desire for more. Three women, three afternoons, three shots at living in Technicolor. As she did with her lauded WTF production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, director Jessica Stone reveals the humanity and the hilarity in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, this oft-overlooked early work of Neil Simon.
The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), and Drew Levy (Sound Design) and Aaron Rhyne (Projections Design). Deanna Weiner is the Production Stage Manager.
Billed as a Preview Production, Far From Heaven at WTF will allow the creative team the ability to make changes over the course of the run to further develop the musical. Far From Heaven, a new musical based on the acclaimed, award-winning 2002 Focus Features/Vulcan Productions motion picture written and directed by Todd Haynes, features a book by Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg and an original score by the Tony nominated team of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). The show, directed by Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Rent), comes to the Festival under the aegis of a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Playwrights Horizons for the development of new musicals in partnership with a regional theater, wholly within the non-profit system from start to finish. The show will receive a run at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in Spring 2013. Joining the previously announced cast in the role of Frank Whitaker is Steven Pasquale of FX’s “Rescue Me” and NBC’s upcoming series “Do No Harm”. The Cast also includes JB Adams (Annie) as Morris Farnsworth, Nancy Anderson (A Class Act) as Eleanor Fine, Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Rachel Getting Married) as Sybil, Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Raymond Deagan, Sarah Jane Everman (Promises, Promises) as Doreen/Connie/Patti Page, Alison Fraser (Gypsy) as Mona Lauder, Kate Hamilton as Nancy, Chris Hoch (La Cage aux Folles) as Stan Fine, Crystal Lucas-Perry (WTF’s A Streetcar Named Desire) as Esther, Preston Martin as Blond Son, Alexa Niziak as Janice Whitaker, four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific) as Cathy Whitaker, Charlie Plummer as David Whitaker, Michael James Shaw as Musician/Gus, Mary Stout (Jane Eyre) as Mrs. Leacock, and Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy) as Dick Dawson.