STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Broadway's Upcoming HANDS ON A HARDBODY!
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by BWW Special Coverage
The La Jolla Playhouse production of the new American musical Hands on a Hardbody will open Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street), following a preview period that begins Saturday, February 23, 2013.
The Broadway production will feature the full cast from the La Jolla Playhouse engagement: Keith Carradine (Tony Award nominee, The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case (Hair), Hunter Foster (Tony Award nominee, Little Shop of Horrors), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Catch Me If You Can), David Larsen (American Idiot), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek The Musical), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Tales of the City), Mary GorDon Murray (Into The Woods), Jim Newman (Curtains), Connie Ray (Next Fall), Jon Rua (In The Heights), Keala Settle (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Dale Soules (Hair), Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire), and William Youmans (Wicked).
Meet the cast with videos of them from past productions and roles!
Keith Carradine (JD Drew). Broadway: Hair; Foxfire (Outer Critics Circle Award); The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award nomination); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Wake Up It's Time to Go to Bed (NY Public Theater); Mindgame (Soho Playhouse); A Lie of the Mind (The New Group). Regional: Another Part of the Forest (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Detective Story (Ahmanson Theater); U.S. premiere of Stuff Happens (Mark Taper Forum); New Year's Eve (George Street Playhouse). Films include: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Emperor of the North, Thieves Like Us, Nashville (Academy Award, Composer: Best Song, "I'm Easy"), The Duellists, Pretty Baby, Choose Me, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, The Moderns, Cowboys and Aliens. TV includes: Deadwood, Dexter, Crash, Damages, Missing.
Hunter Foster in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Hunter Foster (Benny Perkins). La Jolla Playhouse: Little Miss Sunshine. Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Urinetown (Outer Critics nomination), Les Miserables, Grease, Footloose and King David. Off-Broadway: Burning, Happiness (Drama Desk nomination), Ordinary Days, Frankenstein, Dust, Modern Orthodox, Urinetown (Lucille Lortel nomination). As a writer, wrote the books for the musicals Summer of '42, which opened Off-Broadway in 2001; Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale, which opened in 2012 at the Aurora Theatre in Atlanta, GA; and The Hollow, which premiered in 2011 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Foster is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Allison Case performs from HAIR
Allison Case (Kelli Mangrum). Allison Case originated the role of Crissy in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair (Off-Broadway, Broadway, West End). Favorite credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Broadway); Nemo in Finding Nemo: The Musical (Disney); Por Quinly and The Only Child (South Coast Repertory). Workshops: The Book of Mormon, Hands on a Hardbody, Dogfight. TV: Nurse Jackie, NYC 22. Film: The Blue Eyes, Patient 001. B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine.
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Greg Wilhote). Broadway: Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Jr. standby), Hair (Claude u/s). Off-Broadway: Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC). First National Tour: A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: Pool Boy (Nick, World Premiere, Barrington Stage); Hairspray (Link, Weston Playhouse); Godspell (Jeffrey, Casa Mañana). Workshops/Readings: Small Engine Repair (Chad); 8 on Broadway (Spencer); Newsies (Jack); Tío Pepe (Jamie); Tales of the City (Mouse); Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace); Bring It On (Steven); Mrs. Sharp; Darling. Concerts: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Birdland; The Kennedy Center; Joe's Pub. Film: Sex & the City 2. TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Apprentice.
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone in Grease: You're the One That I Want
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Heather Stovall). Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone most recently played Dede Halcyon-Day in the world premiere of Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater). Other credits include the national tour of Legally Blond:The Musical (Elle Woods/ ensemble); Sophie in Departure Lounge (SPF); Vixen in Angels: The Musical (The Strand); Amber in Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse) and Pam in Urban Cowboy (Gateway Playhouse). Screen credits include NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want (Spiritual Sandy) and the film 27 Dresses. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Ms. Monteleone is currently the "Savvy Girl" host on 24SAVVY.com.
Jon Rua performs from IN THE HEIGHTS
Jon Rua (Jesus Pena). Broadway: Sonny in In the Heights. Off-Broadway: Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theater); Damn Yankees (City Center's Encores!). Regional: Alejandro in Somewhere (Old Globe Theatre; Craig Noel Award nomination), Twig in Bring It On: The Musical (ALLIANCE THEATRE, world premiere). Workshops: Hands on a Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); Stuck Elevator (Sundance Theatre Lab Banff); Pan, Bare, Stardust Ballroom, All Fall Down (Intar); Kingdom (Public Theatre); Lincoln Center's American Songbook. TV: Law & Order. Choreography: Broadway Bares, NBA/NCAA Entertainment, Union Square, assistant for In the Heights, Bring It On, NYCC's The Wiz, Insanity.