Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story of the same name, the CST-commissioned work is by Alan Schmuckler (music and lyrics) and David Holstein (book), and takes a tuneful contemporary spin on the classic tale. This new adaptation adds a bright, sassy daughter for the monarch and populates his kingdom with a gaggle of comedic courtiers and sullen citizens.
The cast will also include Megan Long as the Emperor's daughter, Sam; Anne Gunn as Mama Swindler; Alex Goodrich as Mama Swindler's son Kimberly; and Jonathan Weir, as Lord Vince. The ensemble will feature Mark David Kaplan, George Andrew Wolff, and Jarrod Zimmerman.
The design team will include scenic designer Kevin Depinet; lighting designer Jesse Klug; costume designer Debbie Baer; sound designer James Savage; and wig and make-up designer Melissa Veal.
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