Village Theatre announced today the casting for IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, the second new musical production in its 2011-2012 Mainstage Season, written by Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi. Actors include Seattle stalwarts including Leslie Law, John Patrick Lowrie, and Jayne Muirhead; John Dewar, member of the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables; and up-and-coming local actors Joshua Carter, Aaron Finley and Diana Huey. The musical previews on Wednesday, March 14; opening night (media night) is Thursday, March 15.
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU was last seen by Village Theatre audiences as a reading at the Village Originals 10th Annual Festival of New Musicals in 2010. The 2012 Mainstage production marks the returns of many Festival cast members.
Leslie Law returns to Village Theatre as Judy Steinberg, the Jewish mother of the bride, after a turn in the new musical Take Me America earlier this season. A Village Theatre favorite, Law has been in seen in many Mainstage productions including 42nd Street (Maggie), Show Boat (Parthy), and The Full Monty (Dolores). Seattle area credits include productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Vocal powerhouse Kat Ramsburg, last seen at Village Theatre in the Festival reading of It Shoulda Been You, returns to the role of loveable Jenny Steinberg, sister to the bride. In Seattle, Ramsburg has been seen in Mame (Gooch) and Sweeney Todd at The 5th Avenue Theatre, as well as at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Broadway vet John Dewar returns to the Village Theatre Mainstage after a successful run in the 2011 new musical production of Iron Curtain. Dewar has been seen in the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables as Joly, on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera as Monsier Reyer, the national tour of Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque, on NBC’s “Law & Order,” and more.
Local rising talent Joshua Carter returns to the Mainstage after a successful performance as Mortimer in ACT Theatre’s acclaimed production of Mary Stuart. He has been seen at Village Theatre in The Full Monty and The Gypsy King; other credits include Das Barbecu at ACT Theatre and Guys and Dolls at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
Up-and-coming local actor/vocalists Aaron Finley and Diana Huey return to the Mainstage after performing earlier this season in Village Theatre’s new musical Take Me America. Finley appeared in the 2010 Festival reading of It Shoulda Been You and will take on a new role in the Mainstage production; a role director Jon Kretzu says “fits him better.” Village Theatre audiences may remember his tenor pipes from Village Theatre’s acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar where he rotated between the roles of Jesus and Judas. It Shoulda Been You marks Huey’s second Mainstage appearance. With a number of Village Originals readings under her belt (In Your Eyes and Rocket Science), Huey has been seen around Seattle in productions at Balagan Theatre (Spring Awakening) and Contemporary Classics (Zanna Don’t! and The Yellow Wood). Her TV/Film credits include TNT’s Leverage, The Glee Project, and New Day Northwest (theme song singer). Both performers have made appearances in Seattle’s own New Voices showcase produced by Contemporary Classics.
Full Cast List: Kat Ramsburg (Festival, It Shoulda Been You); Leslie Law (Take Me America, 42nd Street); Mara Solar (42nd Street); John Dewar (Iron Curtain); Josh Carter (The Gypsy King); Timothy Wilson; Jayne Muirhead (The Importance of Being Earnest); John Patrick Lowrie (The Gypsy King); Dennis Bateman (Anne of Green Gables); Aaron C. Finley (Jesus Christ Superstar); Diana Huey (Take Me America); John David Scott (Anne of Green Gables); Angie Louise (Damn Yankees).
Production Team: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU is directed by Jon Kretzu (Festival reading of It Shoulda Been You); music directed by Tim Symons (Jesus Christ Superstar); scenic design by Carey Wong (AIDA); lighting design by Don Crossley; costume design by Melanie Burgess (Sleuth, 42nd Street); sound design by Brent Warwick (Annie Get Your Gun).