42nd Street by The Lexington Theatre Company
Tony Award-Winning Actress Set to Star in 42nd Street presented by The Lexington Theatre Company! Broadway Leading Lady, Karen Ziemba, to play Dorothy Brock, in July production at The Lexington Opera House.
Following the recent announcement of the starry 42nd Street Cast, led by Broadway veterans and featuring up-and-coming talent, The Lexington Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that casting is completed. Tony Award-Winner and Broadway Leading Lady, Karen Ziemba, will be headed to Lexington to play Dorothy Brock in its inaugural production, presented by Variety Live at The Opera House with Co-Producing Sponsor Kentucky One Health, July 23-26 at the Lexington Opera House.
Ms. Ziemba received the Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance of The Wife in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. Other Broadway credits include: Bullets Over Broadway, Chicago, Curtains (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), Crazy For You(Joseph Jefferson Award), Never Gonna Dance(Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), Steel Pier (Tony nomination) and A Chorus Line. She also took over the leading role of Peggy Sawyer in David Merrick’s original production of 42nd Street, playing opposite Jerry Orbach and James Brennan.
Her Off-Broadway and Regional Credits include: And the World Goes ‘Round(Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do!(Drama Desk nomination); 110 In The Shade and The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera, Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare Theatre Company and Hartford Stage, Six Degrees Of Separation, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound at San Diego’s Old Globe,and many, many more. She has appeared in several episodes of the many Law and Order series, The Kennedy Center Honors in tributes to Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris, and in PBS’ Great Performances - Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, and Gershwin at 100.
“We are so honored to have Ms. Ziemba on stage with us, for our inaugural production,” says Lyndy Franklin Smith, Artistic Director of The Lex. “She, along with our other three talented Equity Guest Artists, represents a vote of confidence we have been hoping for, from the Broadway community. We are so excited that they have accepted these roles and will be helping us launch this organization for Lexington.”
The other Equity Guest Artists are as follows.
Matthew Shepard will play the famous, hard-nosed Broadway director, Julian Marsh. Shepard appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast,The Scarlet Pimpernel and, playing opposite Brooke Shields, in Wonderful Town. He has toured the United States and Canada in Les Miserables and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and has performed throughout Europe in the title role of Maury Yeston’s Phantom. Regionally, he appeared in the highly successful Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as The Soldier/Alex in Sunday In The Park With George, starring Raul Esparza. He has also been seen numerous times on “The Guiding Light” on CBS and has soloed with many orchestras throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
Song-and-dance man, Billy Lawlor, will be played by Nicolas Dromard, who recently finished a lengthy run as Tommy DeVito in the National Tour of Jersey Boys. He was the final Actor to play Bert in the Broadway Company of Mary Poppins and was also seen in the San Francisco Company of Wicked, playing Fiyero. His other Broadway credits include Oklahoma! and The Boy From Oz, as well as numerous Canadian and regional productions.
Darien Crago will play the fresh-faced ingénue Peggy Sawyer. Crago will come to The Lex direct from the company of Holiday Inn, at the St. Louis MUNY. She also appeared in its World Premiere at the Goodspeed Opera House, Connecticut. She works frequently with Randy Skinner, having just performed his choreography in City Center Encores’ Lady Be Good with Tommy Tune, and the revue All Singing! All Dancing! Irving Berlin in Hollywood at New York’s famous 92Y, as well as the National Tour of White Christmas. She is currently involved in the developmental lab of a new version of the Irving Berlin musical Top Hat, staged by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli.
The cast will be rounded out by college students, from many top-notch musical theatre and theatre programs from across the country, as well as some of Lexington’s favorite local talents.
Local favorite Robert Parks Johnson will play Texas tycoon Abner Dillon. Recent graduates of the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre (Musical Theatre Certificate Program), Michael Sheehy and Rachel Marie Snyder will play the comedic writing team of Bert Barry and Maggie Jones. Justin Ostergard (Millikin University alum) will play Dorothy’s love interest, Pat Denning. Sarah Shelton (Oklahoma City University alum) will play sassy chorine “Anytime Annie.” Megan McLaughlin (Oklahoma City University recent grad) and Casey Wenger-Schulman (U. of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music) will play perky chorus girls Lorraine Fleming and Phyllis Dale. Stage Manager, Mac, will be played by Western Kentucky University recent grad, William Linder.
Ensemble members include Caleb Dicke, (OCU alum), Nathan Fister (Lexington native, WKU grad), Phillip Anthony Giandiletti (OCU),James Harvener (Lexington native, WKU), Alex John Johnson (OCU), Tyler Johnson-Campion (Louisville native, CCM), Ryan Lambert(OCU), Brianna Latrash (CCM), Elizabeth McGuire (Cynthiana native, Samford), Elise Mestichelli (OCU recent grad), Alexander H. Miller(U. of Michigan), Fiona Mowbray (Lexington native, WKU), Michelle Orren (Versailles native, OCU alum)
Members of the The Lex Performing Apprenticeship Program for High School Students include:
Bourbon County HS – Quinn Lehmann, Taylor Robinson;
Harrison County HS– Olivia Eckert, Rachel Eckert, Kelsey Dawn Hutchison, Christina Lee Wilson;
Lafayette HS - SCAPA – Harrison Carter, Cooper Fitch, Lily Rasmussen, Joseph Waterbury-Tieman, Jordan Vescio;
Lexington Christian Academy – Kirby Crosbie;
Nicholas County HS – Samuel Jolly;
Nicholas County (Abeka Satellite) – Tamaira Elizabeth Robinson;
Paul Laurence Dunbar HS – Courtney Hausman;
Western Hills HS – Annie Davis;
Woodford County HS – Lindsay Carroll, Kristen Harlow
The Lex will present the 2001 Revival version of the show, featuring choreography by Tony-nominee, Randy Skinner, (recreated and adapted byMary Giattino). 42nd Streetwill be directed by The Lex Artistic Director, Lyndy Franklin Smith (Broadway’s A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid), and Producing Director, Jeromy Smith, (Nat’l Tours of 42nd Street, Swing). Mr. Skinner’s choreography will be recreated and adapted by Mary Giattino (Broadway’s White Christmas, Nat’l Tours Billy Elliot, 42nd Street). Ms. Giattino assists Mr. Skinner regularly on numerous projects, including the recent City Center Encores’ Lady Be Good, starring the 2015 winner of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement – Tommy Tune. Musical Direction will be by Joseph Jefferson Award Winner, Bradley Vieth whose credits include numerous productions in New York and Chicago, as well as National and European Tours. He was also a recent visiting professor at Western Kentucky University. Brock Terry, musical director and accompanist for numerous Lexington organizations, serves as Resident Music Associate. Equity Production Stage Manager isEmily F. McMullen (The Huntington Theatre Company, Music Theatre Wichita, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.)
Lexington favorite and UK’s own Tanya Harper is the Lighting Designer. John Ferguson (Lexington Opera House) is the Sound Designer. Joseph D. Sibley (Music Theatre Wichita, Maine State Music Theatre) is Wardrobe Coordinator. UK Theatre’s Tony Hardin serves as Production Coordinator. UK Theatre Alum Gretchen Shoot is Stage Manager and UK Theatre Junior Abby Schroering is Assistant Stage Manager.
42nd Street performs July 23-26, at the Lexington Opera House, and is sponsored by Variety Live at the Opera House, Kentucky One Health, Central Bank, Hilliard Lyons and Elite Graphics.
Performance times are Thursday-Saturday (7/23-7/25) at 8:00pm, Saturday-Sunday (7/25-7/26) at 2:00pm.
For more information and to buy tickets or make a donation, please visit the organization’s website, www.lexingtontheatrecompany.org. Tickets may also be purchased at The Lexington Center Ticket Office, please phone (859) 233-3535.