Summer musicals announce casts

Summer musicals announce casts
Summer musicals announce casts
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Green Day’s punk rock opera AMERICAN IDIOT was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2009 and Firehouse is staging the RVA premiere (6/25). Below is the production team and cast, which includes women in typically male roles (like St. Jimmy). Also, the cast will play all the music for the show and their instruments are in parenthesis:



John Mincks: Johnny (Guitar)

Mike Bamford: Tunny (Guitar)

Ben Wilson: Will (Guitar/Violin)

Anna Rose: Whatsername/Ensemble (Guitar/Viola)

Kelsey Cordrey: Heather/Ensemble (Ukulele)

Rachel Hindman: St. Jimmy/Ensemble (Drums/Percussion)

Katy Burke: Extraordinary Girl/Ensemble (Bass Guitar)


Starlet Knight (Keyboard), Chandler Matkins (Drums/Percussion), Caleb Wade (Bass Guitar)



Adam B. Ferguson – Director & Associate Producer

Matt Koon – Musical Director

Kate Belleman – Choreographer

Dylan Bollinger – Scenic Designer

Daniel Burgess – Props Master

Andrew Bonniwell – Lighting Designer

Tad Burrell – Sound Designer/Technical Director

Jenna Mannix – Projections/Media Designer

Emily Atkins – Costume Designer


Opening the nite before (6/24) is the other eagerly-awaited musical of the summer: DREAMGIRLS. Much of the team is returning that made Virginia Rep’s COLOR PURPLE such a smash.



Effie Melody White: Desiree Roots

Deena Jones: Zuri Washington

Lorrell Robinson: Felicia Curry

Curtis Taylor, Jr.: Jerold Solomon

James Thunder Early: D. Jerome Wells

CC White/u/s Curtis: Durron Tyre

Marty: Billy Dye

Michelle Morris: Katrinah Carol Lewis

Ensemble:  Trent Williams, Anthony Cosby, Tybias Whitehead, Reed Patterson, Ashlee Heyward, Courtney Jamison, Cariel Hughes, Skye Hagood, Madison Harris, Nicole Oberleitner, Mallory Keene, there may be additional members



Director: Chase Kniffen

Music Director: Jonn Winn

Choreographer: Leslie Owens-Harrington

Scenic Designer: Ron Keller

Lighting Designer: Joe Doran

Costume Designer: Sarah Grady


Opening the week before (6/15) is Richmond Triangle Players’ THE BOY FROM OZ. Here’s the breakdown:



Peter Allen: Chris Hester

Judy Garland: Grey Garrett

Liza Minnelli: Anna Grey Hogan

Parents: Jeanie Rule & Barry Pruitt

Chris Bell: Dante Piro

Greg Connell: Luke Newsome

Young Peter: alternates between Brandon McKinney and Dylan Stukenberg

Ensemble: Joshua James Crawford, Andrew Etheredge, Alex Farnsworth, Tarneé Kendall Hudson, Katherine Wright



Director/choreographer: Justin Amellio

Set design: Frank Foster

Costume design: D. Mark Souza

Sound design: Joey Luck

Lighting design: Michael Jarett



  1. Kim Fox is music director and Sharon Gregory is the stage manager for Boy from Oz.

  2. glad to see michael bamford back on the stage. saw him at the last american idiot opera very talented boy

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