Monday, 11 May 2015

Shoshana Bean to star in Broadway-aimed musical Beaches

Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor will star in the stage adaptation of Beaches in Chicago at the Drury Lane Theatre.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the Broadway-aimed musical runs between 24th June and 16th August. Bean (Wicked/Hairspray) will play Cee Cee Bloom opposite Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) as Bertie White. 

Beaches started as a 1985 novel about a 30-year friendship and is best known for the 1988 movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. The musical features a score by composer David Austin, with lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The book is by Dart and Thom Thomas.

The production will feature choreography by Lorin Latarro, musical direction by Brian Nash, scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Howell Binkley, costume design by Alejo Vietti and sound design by Kai Harada.

Beaches premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in spring 2014, starring Mara Davi and Alysha Umphress.

The Chicago cast also includes Presley Ryan (The Sound of Music Live!) as Little Cee Cee, Brooklyn Schuck (Matilda) as Little Bertie, Travis Taylor as John Perry, Nancy Voigts as Leona Bloom, Kelly Anne Clark as Rose White, Jim DeSelm as Michael Barron, Michael Accardo as Nathan Bloom, Andrew Varela as Arthur, Samantha Pauly as Teen Cee Cee and Olivia Renteria as Teen Bertie.

William Carlos Angulo, Heather Brorsen, Josh Kohane, Christine Mild and Holly Strauder complete the cast.

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