James Barbour
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
James Barbour
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Sarah Glendening will complete the cast of the world premiere musical Nightmare Alley, featuring music, books and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. Gilbert Cates will direct the production, to play the Geffen Playhouse, April 13-May 13, with an opening on April 21.

As previously announced, the show will star Broadway veteran James Barbour, and also include Melody Buitu (Tarot Lady), Larry Cedar (Pete/Sheriff/Addie Peabody), Michael McCarty (Clem/ Ezra Grimble), Mary Gordan Murray (Zeena/ Dr. Lilith Ritter), Anise E. Ritchie (Tarot Lady), Leslie Stevens (Tarot Lady), and Alet Taylor (Tarot Lady).

Based on the eponymous novel by William Lindsay Gresham, the musical is set against the shadowy world of the traveling carnivals and tented churches that dominated the Dust Bowl era. Barbour stars as Stan Carlisle, the con turned carnie and back again, who falls in love with Molly (Glendening), the dark darling of the traveling carnival.

The creative team will include Gerald Sternbach (music director), John Arnone (set), Christina Haatainen Jones (costumes), Daniel Ionazzi (lighting), and Brian Hsieh (sound).

Barbour recently starred in A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway, for which he received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actor in a Musical. His other Main Stem credits include Assassins, Carousel, Jane Eyre, and Beauty and the Beast. Glendening has appeared on Broadway in Good Vibrations, with other theater credits including The Black Suits and Mask. Her TV and film credits include The Good Guy, As the World Turns, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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