Rehearsals began today and producer Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and co-producers Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, and Tom Gregory announced the complete cast and design team for the new Broadway production of the greatest musical comedy GUYS AND DOLLS. The first joint Broadway project by two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo since their collaboration on the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, GUYS AND DOLLS will begin previews on February 3, 2009 at Broadway's newly refurbished Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Opening Night is March 1, 2009.
Titus Burgess (The Little Mermaid) as "Nicely Nicely Johnson", Glenn Fleshler (Spring Awakening) as "Big Jule", Adam LeFevre (Our Country's Good) as "Lt. Brannigan", Jim Ortlieb (Farnsworth Invention) as "Arvide", Steve Rosen (Spamalot) as "Benny Southstreet" and Mary Testa (Xanadu) as "General Cartwright" join previously announced stars Oliver Platt as "Nathan Detroit", Lauren Graham as "Miss Adelaide", Craig Bierko as "Sky Masterson" and Kate Jennings Grant as "Sarah Brown".
Also featured in the cast are: Nick Adams, Andrea Chamberlain, Raymond Del Barrio, Melissa Fagan, Kearran Giovanni, James Harkness, Lorin Latarro, Benjamin Magnuson, Joseph Medeiros, Spencer Moses, Rhea Patterson, Graham Rowat, William Ryall, Jessica Rush, Marcos Santana, Jennifer Savelli, John Selya, Brian Shepard, Ron Todorowski, Jim Walton and Brooke Wendle.
Scenic design is by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill (Assassins, Cabaret), costume design is by Tony Nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights, The Color Purple), lighting design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, In The Heights) and sound design is by Drama Desk Award winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (Hairspray, Jersey Boys). The Music Director is Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific) and orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (Grey Gardens, The Light in the Piazza).