Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The cast of IDAHO! The Comedy Musical at The Smith Center has been announced and it’s quite the crop!
Eight featured players (with a total cast of 18) lead the production. Written by Buddy Sheffield with music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson, IDAHO! The Comedy Musical, will be staged in a limited engagement, with preview performances July 6-8, the official opening night July 9, and additional performances July 10-17.
Sheffield and Thompson bring a hilarious new love story to life. Audiences say howdy to Cassie Purdy, a mail-order bride from Ohio, who arrives in Idaho to marry the notorious Jed Strunk, a real toad gagger who’s got the personality of a festered wart and enough money to buy every last spud in town. The problem: Cassie first meets the handsome Whip Masters, falls in love with him instead of Strunk, and sets in motion a whirlwind of events that ends in three couples either discovering or re-discovering the loves of their lives.
Who are these eight cast members sprouting on stage to charm the audience with this Broadway-bound musical?
Alex Ellis (Ida Dunham) is a Broadway veteran who has been a member of the original companies of Catch Me If You Can and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She has also starred in national tours of Broadway shows, appeared on network television and commercials.
Carmen Ruby Floyd (Mavis White Eagle) has starred in several Broadway blockbusters including Chicago, After Midnight, Avenue Q, Porgy And Bess and Disney’s The Lion King. She is currently on tour with Vanessa Williams.
Jessica Fontana (Cassie Purdy) is yet another Broadway veteran, having starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Baby It’s You. She also has performed in off-Broadway productions, including Once Upon A Mattress, Pipe Dream, Love And Real Estate and IDAHO! The Comedy Musical when it performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Nathaniel Hackmann (Whip Masters) will be making his Las Vegas debut with this production of IDAHO! The Comedy Musical. His credits include Les Miserables, Beauty And The Beast, Paint Your Wagon, Sweeny Todd, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
Matt Loehr (Slim Johnson) is an award-winning actor who has performed in numerous Broadway shows, including The Book of Mormon, The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Promises and Elf The Musical.
Jen Perry (Aunt Pearlie), locally known for starring in Mamma Mia! at Mandalay Bay, will return to Las Vegas for IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL as one of the featured players. Previous credits include Broadway blockbusters Kinky Boots and The Wizard Of Oz, and off-Broadway productions of Bonnie And Clyde, Revolution and Nunsense.
Jay Rogers (Uncle Fate) is a “Drama Desk” nominee who has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally in musicals ranging from Once Upon A Mattress, The Sound of Music, and When Pigs Fly to Whoop Dee Doo!, IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Cleavage and Cinderella.
Paul Vogt (Jed Strunk) will return to Las Vegas to perform in the premiere of IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL following his successful run at Hairspray! The Broadway star has performed in numerous productions both on and off-Broadway including Chicago, Cellblock Tour, Elf The Musical, Laurel And Hardy, The Little Mermaid, Hamlet, Greater Tuna, Happy Days: The Musical Oliver!, and The Grand Duchess.
It’s clear that, with a cast this talented, IDAHO! The Comedy Musical is no small potatoes.
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