Brooke Shields and Raul Esparza at rehearsal
for Leap of Faith
(© Craig Schwartz)
Brooke Shields and Raul Esparza at rehearsal
for Leap of Faith
(© Craig Schwartz)
Rehearsals are underway for for the new musical Leap of Faith, to run September 11-October 24 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Rob Ashford is directing and choreographing the production.

As previously reported the show stars Raul Esparza, Brooke Shields, Nicholas Barasch, Jarrod Emick, Kendra Kassebaum, Kecia Lewis-Evans, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

The ensemble is comprised of Brad Anderson, Bradley Benjamin, Tom Berklund, Christopher Bones, Krystal Joy Brown, Ta'Rea Campbell, Eric L. Christian, Michelle Duffy, Harvey Evans, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Jennie Ford, Bob Gaynor, Angela Grovey, Shannon Lewis, Michael X. Martin, Maurice Murphy, Anise E. Ritchie, Darcie Roberts, Bryce Ryness, Ariel Shepley, C.E. Smith, Alex Michael Stoll, Dennis Stowe, Katherine Tokarz, Brandon Wardell, Karl Warden, Natalie Willes, and Charlie Williams.

Based on the movie of the same name, the show features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book written by Janus Cercone with Slater. Esparza will portray Jonas Nightengale, a part-time reverend and full-time con-artist, while Shields will play Marva, the beautiful small-town woman and single mother who challenges everything Jonas believes in.