Cast Announced for Douglas Carter Beane & Lewis Flinn’s New Musical HOOD at Asolo Rep

Asolo Repertory Theater announced the full cast for the new musical HOOD. Five-time Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane find the composer and lyricist Lewis Flinn, his Give it Up/Lysistrata Jones collaborator, to bring this hilarious and moving new theatrical adventure to life. Directed by Marc BrokawaHOOD begins previews June 3, opens June 11, and runs through June 26 at the Mertz Theater, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

“I feel very lucky at this point to have the opportunity to work on this piece of material with this talented group of people,” Brokaw said. “The play addresses so many issues that we are all currently struggling with that threaten to consume us, but it does so through laughter, generosity and kindness – all things the world desperately needs right now. musical offers a roadmap to joy.”

The sexiest thief in the world. A pair of the greatest lovers in history. The Merry Band that made wealth redistribution cool. Here is finally the true story of the nobleman forced to leave his home and go to the desert, who seeks revenge not only on himself, but also on an unjust system. And as he goes on a mission to rescue the damsel he left behind, he discovers that this particular damsel doesn’t need rescuing.

“The legend of Robin Hood has been passed down for over 800 years, revisited and adapted by hundreds of troubadours, storytellers, writers in theatre, and recently in television and film,” Flinn said. “Not only is this a story of David versus Goliath, but it’s about individuals – ordinary people – who make the choice to stand up rather than be complacent, not accept the status quo and stand up for themselves. fight for what they believe in. But also, and perhaps more importantly, it’s larger than life and fun, with adventure and love and a big heart.

“Musically, I wanted the score to have strong melodies and songs that could be sung by anyone, while being catchy, uplifting and inspiring,” Flinn added. “HOOD has a contemporary folk/pop score with some Celtic accents and Kurt Weil thrown into the mix.”

HOOD offers audiences the opportunity to see a new musical from a talented and established creative team. Dallas Theater Center held the world premiere of the show in 2017 and workshops in Sarasota (2019) and New York (2020) continued the development of the play. A new production was supposed to premiere at Asolo Rep in May 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic.

“I’m so excited for this show to finally come to life!” Beane said, noting the pandemic delay. “His message that everyone has a hero deep within them feels especially meaningful today. And it’s great to be working with former collaborators again, including Marc Brokawa (As Bees in Honey Drown, Cinderella, Music From a Sparkling Planet) and cast members Billie, Luke and Jamen (Fairycakes) and Imani (To Wong Foo…). Oh, and my husband, Lewis (eight shows, two kids).”

prolific playwright, Douglas Carter BeaneBroadway writing credits include the musicals Cinderella, Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act and Xanadu, as well as several plays including The Little Dog Laughed, The Nance, As Bees in Honey Drown, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Fairycakes, Shows for Days and Le Placard, among others. His film and television credits include To Wong FooThank you for everything! Julie Newmar; Advice from a Caterpillar and Tracey Ullman‘s Show.

In addition to writing the music and lyrics for HOOD, Lewis Flinn serves as arranger and composer. He has written musicals for Broadway and off-Broadway and has composed more than 50 plays on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. He has also composed music for films and national advertisements and written songs for numerous artists. Her favorite and frequent collaborator is her husband, Beane.

A busy and in-demand director, Brokaw’s revival of How I Learned to Drive has just opened on Broadway. His other New York credits include Heisenberg premieres, The Long Christmas Ride Home, As Bees in Honey Drown, Lobby Hero, This Is Our Youth and the Signature Theater revival of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. He has managed regional theaters across the country, including the Guthrie Theatre, Center Theater Group, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Seattle Repertory TheaterHartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, Sundance Theater Lab and the O’Neill Theater Conference. Internationally his work has been seen at the Donmar Warehouse in London and Menier chocolate factoryfrom Dublin Gate Theater and the Sydney Opera House.

The team is joined by the choreographer Ellenore Scott, whose work can currently be seen on Broadway in Funny Girl and Mr. Saturday Night and off-Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors. She was also associate choreographer for Head Over Heels and King Kong on Broadway and assistant choreographer for Cats and Falsettos.

Leading the cast of HOOD are Anthony Chatmon II and Savy Jackson as Robin and Marian, respectively.

Anthony Chatmon II he has already appeared on Broadway in Hadestown and Be More Chill and on national tours of Fiasco’s Into the Woods and The Book of Mormon. His television and film credits include Kenny in A Jenkins Family Christmas, Reasonable Doubt, Invasion, Law & Order, Blue Bloods, The Other Two and Bull. Savy Jackson recently earned his BFA in Musical Theater at Pace University after being on the road with Once on This Island’s first national tour as a storyteller and understudy for Ti Moune.

The cast also includes Billie Aken Tyers (A lot), Caitlin Humphreys (Lady Ann), Erin Kei (Lady Jane), Aury Krebs (Meg), Daniel Lopez (Troubadour), Jamen Nanthakumar (Brother Tuck), Luc Antoine Neville (Will Scarlet) Nick Rehberger (Sheriff of Nottingham), Zechariah Francois Stuart (Little John) and Imani Youngblood (Gamble Gold). The stunt doubles are Jordan Sam Rich, Mikhail Roberts, Darius Vines, Danielle Vivcharenko and Taylor Erin Wade.

“We have a powerful creative team and actors working on HOOD, and it’s a pleasure and an honor to work with Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy as producers of improvement,” said Asolo Rep’s production art director. Michael Donald Edwards. “It’s exciting for our audience to have the opportunity to see a show of this caliber before it is potentially performed elsewhere. HOOD’s uplifting message and dynamic adventure will appeal to families in our community in ways considerable.”

HOOD contains mature language, light sexual innuendo and brief moments of onstage combat.

HOOD runs June 3-26, 2022. Previews are June 3-10. To visit asolorep.org for a full performance schedule. Orchestra and Mezzanine seats start at $57 and Balcony seats start at $33. Tickets are available now in person at the Asolo Rep box office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, by phone at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, or online at asolorep.org.

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CAST

(in alphabetical order)

Billie Aken Tyers*……………………………………A lot

Anthony Chatmon II*………………………………..Robin

Caitlin Humphreys*……………………………..Lady Anne

Savy Jackson *…………………………………………..Marianne

Erin Kei*………………………………………….. ….Lady Jane

Aury Krebs*…………………………………………. …Meg

Daniel Lopez*………………………………….Troubadour

Jamen Nanthakumar *……………………………Brother Tuck

Luc Antoine Neville*…………………………..Will Scarlet

Nick Rehberger*…………………..Sheriff of Nottingham

Zechariah Francois Stuart*……………………….Small Jean

Imani Youngblood*…………………………..Gamble Gold

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Jordan Sam Rich, Mikhail Roberts, Darius Vines,

Danielle Vivcharenko, Taylor Erin Wade………Boulevieres

*Members of Actors Equity Associationthe Union of Professional Actors and Managers in the United States.

SELECT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Director…………………………………………. …..Marc Brokawa

Choreographer ………………………………………… …… Ellenore Scott

Scenographer and costume designer ……………………………. Adam Rigg

Lighting designer ………………………………………… Japhy Weideman

Sound designer………………………….. Elisabeth Weidner

Puppet designer ………………………….. Nick Lehane

Hair/wig and make-up designer…………………………….Michelle Hart

Orchestrator ………………………………………… …………… ..Lewis Flinn

Orchestrator ………………………………………… .Justin Goldner

Music Director…………………………………………….Brad Simmons

Combat Director …………………………….Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum

ENHANCED EXPERIENCES

The scoop (FREE)

This popular program which explores the ideas and inspiration behind the creation of the show will now be available digitally. Ticket holders will receive a video link via email.

Inside Asolo Rep: HOOD

Thursday 9 June, at 10.30 a.m.

Cook Theater

$5; free for donors and members of the Asolo Rep Guild

Attendees get a glimpse of what happens behind the curtain in this special series featuring the artists from the production, as well as special guest experts from the community.

Inside Asolo Rep is sponsored by Observer Media Group.

Tuesday Talkbacks (FREE) June 14 and 21

Attendees can enrich their experience with this post-show discussion.

[email protected]: HOOD

Wednesday June 15

Reception before the show

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