By Carey Purcell
11 Jun 2014
|Photo by Jim Cox|
Dog and Pony, which features a book by Elice (Jersey Boys) and music and lyrics by Walker (Altar Boyz), officially opened June 5 following previews that began May 28. It had originally been scheduled to run through June 29.
Directed by Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Peter and the Starcatcher), the cast comprises Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show], The Little Mermaid) as Jane, Annie; Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Baby It's You!) as Rhoda, Doris; Eric William Morris (Coram Boy, Mamma Mia!) as the Host, Jeff, Joe; Nicole Parker (The People in the Picture, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as Mags; and Jon Patrick Walker (High Fidelity, Young Frankenstein) as Andy.
Read Playbill.com's interview with Rick Elice, Michael Patrick Walker and Nicole Parker here.
"Dog and Pony is a fresh and witty new musical that is as entertaining as it is original," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a previous statement. "Its creators are huge talents blessed with abundant imagination, and they bring to the Globe a show that is funny, full of surprises, and along the way, suffused with real feeling. The Globe's reputation as midwife to exciting new works of musical theatre is in the top-rank of the American theatre, and Dog and Pony represents our work at its best. I am proud to present it to San Diego's audiences."
Dog and Pony features choreography by Lisa Shriver, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, scenic design by Kris Stone, costume design by Emily Pepper, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and Cory Pattak and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Adam Wachter is music director, and Anjee Nero is stage manager. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.