Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, makes a splash with the effervescent musical comedy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, opening November 30 and running through January 13, 2013. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN features one of the largest all-star casts ever assembled on the Drury Lane stage, led by Tony Yazbeck
. Yazbeck's Broadway creditsinclude starring as "Billy Flynn" in the long running revival of CHICAGO, "Phil Davis" in Irving Berlin
's White Christmas, "Tulsa" in the recent revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone
(for which he earned an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), "Al" in A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma! and Gypsy with Tyne Daly
. His Off-Broadway credits include the City Center
Encores! productions of On The Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pardon My English, as well as the York Theatre production of Fanny Hill.
Also starring in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is Jenny Guse as "Kathy Selden" (Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 42nd Street at Marriott Theatre and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Theatre at the Center); Matthew Crowle as "Cosmo" (Spamalot on Broadway, the National Tour of Doctor Dolittle directed by Tommy Tune, and Gypsy at Drury Lane Theatre) and Drama Desk Award nominee Melissa van Der Schyff as "Lina Lamont" ("Blanche Barrow" in Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway and "Mary Jane" in Big River on Broadway).
The production is directed by Bill Jenkins (Chair of Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, winner of the MATC Fellowes Award for Outstanding Achievement and Director of Drury Lane Theatre's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Through his leadership, Jenkins has elevated Ball State's theatre and dance program through impressive professional affiliations. This includes the original Ball State musical The Circus in Winter being selected to participate in the 2012 NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre) Conference in New York. He also co-directed the Department's recent production of The Drowsy Chaperone with multiple Tony Award winner Sutton Foster.
Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Tony Yazbeck, Jenny Guse
Renee Matthews, Don Forston and Scott Calcagno
Catherine Lord, Melissa van der Schyff