The Muny today announced its full cast, design and production teams for the June 13-19 Chicago Theater production.
“I’m so grateful that every lead artist is back,” said Muny art director and executive producer Mike Isaacson. “Their commitment to this extraordinary production and the audience of The Muny is humbling. I look forward to seeing them and Chicago again.”
Joining Sarah Bowden (Roxie Hart), J. Harrison Ghee (Velma Kelly), Adam Heller (Amos Hart), Emily Skinner (Matron “Mama” Morton), James T. Lane (Billy Flynn), and Ali Ewoldt (Mary Sunshine) are Mackenzie Bell, Joe Bigelow, Darien Crago, Abbey Friedmann, Anna Gassett, Valton Jackson, Madison Johnson, David Paul Kidder, Drew King, Tara Kostmayer, Brian Shimasaki Liebson, Lizz Picini, Michael James Reed, Trevor Michael Schmidt, Diana Vaden, Adam Vanek, Nathaniel Washington, Keli Youngman, Kamal Lado, Gabi Stapula and Debby Lennon. The company will also be joined by youth ensembles Muny Kid and Teen.
The production received the St. Louis Theater Circle’s Best Musical Award, along with six others, including Direction, Choreography, and Musical Direction. As previously announced, Chicago is directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, with musical direction by Charlie Alterman.
The design team leading this production includes stage design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Shawn Duan, wig design by Tommy Kurzman, associate choreographer Barry Busby. , with production manager J. Jason Daunter.
Sarah Bowden (Roxie Hart) Hailing from Australia, Sarah is beyond thrilled to be back at The Muny revisiting that iconic role and last season’s glorious production. Sarah also played Velma in Chicago at the Maltz Jupiter Theater with Denis Jones as director and is always honored and thrilled to work with Denis, especially on his dream show! Other highlights in the United States include the first national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Cherry Sundae), a 2016 A Chorus Line (Cassie) at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Mario Lopez, and its first production at the Muny, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway in 2018. Sarah spent many years in Germany in productions of Cabaret (Sally Bowles), West Side Story (Anita), 9 to 5 (Doralee), Flashdance (Gloria) and finally The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Disney (Esmeralda) with director Scott Schwartz and choreographer Chase Brock.
J. Harrison Ghee (Velma Kelly) is honored to return to The Muny playing Velma Kelly. Many thanks to family, friends and his agency Nicolosi & Co. for their continued love and support. Muny: Naughty boots (Lola). Broadway/International Tour: Kinky Boots (Lola/Swing), Mrs. Doubtfire (Andre Mayem). Regional: La Couleur Pourpre (Ensemble), L’Aiguillon (Johnny Hooker). Television: High Maintenance (Charles), Raising Dion (Kwame). Industrial: Tokyo Disney Sea’s Big Band Beat, Norwegian Cruise Line. Proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NY).
Emily Skinner (Matron “Mama” Morton) Muny: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 42nd Street, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Billy Elliot. Broadway: Side Show (Tony nomination, Drama League Award), The Cher Show, Prince of Broadway, Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award) . Off-Broadway: Picnic (Drama Desk nomination), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Fiorello!; No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (all for NY City Center Encores!). She has sung lead roles at the Manhattan Theater Club, WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Company, York Theater, Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse, Virginia Rep and many more. She has sung with symphonies around the world and her many recordings can be found on Amazon.com.
James T. Lane (Billy Flynn) is from Philadelphia. Muny: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), The Wiz (Tin Man). West End: The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line (Revival at Palladium Theatre). Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), King Kong the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), Chicago and A Chorus Line (Richie Walters). National Tour: Ain’t Too Proud (Paul Williams), Jersey Boys, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Fame The Musical. Regional: Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely, Virginia Stage Company), Mary Poppins (Bert, Drury Lane Theatre), The Wiz (Tin Man, Broadway at Music Circus and The Old Globe), ACT and Dallas Theater Center). Still ! Off-centre: boardwalk, big hotel, don’t mind, can’t cope. Concerts: Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Ottawa Symphony and many more.
Adam Heller (Amos Hart) Le Muny: 1776 (Ben Franklin, 2019) and Gypsy (Herbie, 2018). Broadway: It should have been you, elf, baby, it’s you; Caroline, or Change; A Class Act, Victor/Victoria and Les Miserables. National tour: Titanic and Falsettos. Off-Broadway: Popcorn Falls (Davenport), A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row), Peer Gynt (CSC), Wings (Second Stage), Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn and The Immigrant (New World Stages) , Merrily We Roll Along (York). Regional: The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage), Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, Connecticut Critics Circle Award/Best Actor), Rags (Goodspeed), The Chosen (Barrington Stage), My Name is Asher Lev (Arden), Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration). Television: We Crashed, FBI: Most Wanted, The Bite, The Good Fight, Elementary, Unforgettable, The Americans, The Sopranos, Law & Order (all) and Oz.
Ali Ewoldt (Mary Sunshine) is beyond thrilled to return to The Muny. Muny’s credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), 1776 (Martha Jefferson) and West Side Story (Maria). Other credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Daaé, Broadway), Les Misérables (Cosette, Broadway, national tour), The King and I (Broadway, tour, Lyric Opera of Chicago), The Fantasticks (Luisa, off- Broadway), She Loves Me (Amalia, Signature Theatre), Gold Mountain (Mei, Utah Shakespeare Festival), A Christmas Carol (Fan, McCarter Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown, Sacramento Music Circus). Concert/Symphony Work: Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, American Pops Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Her television and film credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, Yield, Mia, and The Cactus. Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, is a proud Filipino American, and a member of Actors’ Equity.
About the show:
Audiences and critics went “Whoopee!” for last season’s thrilling Chicago production. After an abbreviated run and at the start of the 2021 season, The Muny’s 2022 season opens with this encore production! Hailed as “Musical Theater Magic”, “Downright Breathtaking” and “Nothing Short of Brilliant”, Chicago was the talk of the town. So, restart the car and head to Kander and Ebb’s internationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical about fame, fortune and justice. The merry murderers Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly are waiting for you!
Muny’s 2022 season includes Chicago (June 13-19), Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot (June 22-28), Disney’s Mary Poppins and Cameron Macintosh (July 5-13), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ( July 16-22), Legally Blonde, The Musical (July 25-31), The Color Purple (August 3-9), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (August 12-18).
Season tickets are currently on sale. Single tickets will be available from May 23. Muny gift cards for the 104th season are now available online and at the Muny Box Office.