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The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara starred in this smash hit on Broadway in 2012. The song-and-dance spectacular features the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a sparkling, spirited, high-stepping musical comedy. To a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys, and politicians creates hilarity in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. With “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Performances of Nice Work If You Can Get It are Tuesday, August 9 through Sunday, August 14 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Tickets start at $45 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at www.Tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, August 9 – 13, at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, August 11 and Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 p.m. For information, visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.
Filled to the brim with Gershwin songs, Nice Work If You Can Get It, with Matt Loehr in the role of Jimmy Winter, takes us back to Prohibition Era New York City. Loehr, recently on Broadway as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, was an original Broadway cast member of The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, and more. Joining the cast as Billie Bendix is Broadway’s Dames at Sea original cast member Kristie Kerwin, who performed in the first national tour of South Pacific and on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Holly Ann Butler, playing Jeanie Muldoon, recently finished performing on Broadway in On the Town before heading to Chicago to take part in the pre-Broadway production of Gotta Dance. In addition to his extensive film and TV work, including a recurring role in Netflix’s upcoming “Luke Cage” and five seasons with HBO’s “The Wire,” Michael Kostroff, portraying Cookie McGee, has toured as Max Bialystock in The Producers and as Thénardier in Les Misérables.
Mark Bradley Miller, seen in the Music Circus production of Brigadoon, has toured nationally with South Pacific and throughout Europe with Beauty and the Beast; he returns this summer in the role of Duke Mahoney. Rich Hebert, returning to Music Circus as Chief Berry after appearing in last summer’s West Side Story, also took part in Sting’s musical The Last Ship in Chicago and New York and toured as Billy’s dad in the national tour of Billy Elliot. Most recently seen on Broadway in Bullets Over Broadway, Paige Faure, who starred as Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella both on Broadway and for the national tour, will play Eileen Evergreen. Madeleine Doherty, whose Broadway credits include the recent revival of Gigi, Sister Act, Les Misérables, and the original cast of The Producers, will appear as Duchess Estonia Dulworth. Jamie Jones, well known to Sacramento theatre audiences as a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company, having recently appeared in B Street’s production of Mud Blue Sky and Capitol Stage’s production of The Totalitarians, will play Millicent Winter. In addition to appearing as Herr Schultz in Cabaret this summer, Music Circus favorite Ron Wisniski will also join this cast as Senator Max Evergreen; his wide-ranging work with Music Circus includes The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Oliver!, and Spamalot, and he has extensive touring, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions to his name.
The cast will also include the following actors: Ward Billeisen, at Music Circus in the 2015 production of Hair, has performed on Broadway in Anything Goes, Curtains, and Fiddler on the Roof. Making her Music Circus debut this season, Lindsey Bracco has appeared in numerous productions with Pittsburg CLO, including The Wedding Singer, Man of La Mancha, and Gypsy. Brittany Rose Hammond, who appeared in Hair last season, has performed in The Will Rogers Follies and Singin’ in the Rain, in addition to touring with the national revival of Hair. Sarah Marie Jenkins returns to Music Circus this season after appearing last summer in West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Bye Bye Birdie; she has also performed in the national tours of Legally Blonde, Guys and Dolls, Swing!, and Honeymoon in Vegas at Paper Mill Playhouse. Bonnie Kelly makes her Music Circus debut after touring nationally with A Chorus Line and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Also making her debut this season is Alexa De Barr, who has toured with Singin’ in the Rain, Anything Goes and West Side Story.
Eric Anthony Johnson has toured with Evita, Elf the Musical, Miss Saigon, and West Side Story, and served as the Dance Captain of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella for its two-year Broadway touring run. Matthew J. Kilgore has performed on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, toured with numerous shows including Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and Evita, and appeared in multiple Music Circus productions. Also joining the ensemble is Zach Williams, making his Music Circus debut after touring with Billy Elliot, The Will Rogers Follies, and Street Scene. After performing with the national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and in numerous regional theatre productions, Jessica Wockenfuss appears at Music Circus for the first time this season. Rashaan James II has toured with shows including Dirty Dancing, South Pacific, West Side Story and 42nd Street, in addition to appearing in a number of regional productions. Brian Steven Shaw, back for his fourth Music Circus season, has extensive regional theatre experience including The Little Mermaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mary Poppins and Cats.
Nice Work If You Can Get It will be directed by Charles Repole, who has extensive credits in both directing and performing on-stage. Choreographer Michael Lichtefeld has directed six Broadway musicals, seven off-Broadway musicals, and nine national or international tours. Musical Director Craig Barna, who directed the music for Hello, Dolly! earlier this season, has conducted national tours of Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, Cats, Peter Pan, and others and is a prolific composer and arranger whose recordings for Jay Records are available worldwide.
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.