Jim Ballard in a promotional image for Johnny Manhattan.
Jim Ballard in a promotional image for Johnny Manhattan.
(© Sean Carter Photography)

Dan Goggin and Robert Lorick's musical Johnny Manhattan will have its world premiere production September 6-24 at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan. Mark Martino directs and choreographs.

The work was first written in 1975. Set in a New York City nightclub, the play follows Johnny, the club owner, who invited his closest friends to a private party for a surprise announcement. Unexpected surprises abound as relationships clash and secrets are revealed.

The company includes Jim Ballard in the title role, Anne Brummel as Rosie, Nathan Cockroft as Mickey, George Dvorsky as David, Tyrick Wiltez Jones as Gary, Barbara McCulloh as Dorothy, Ruth Pferdehirt as Maxie, Jana Robbins as Rita, Lauren Sprague as Lorraine, Scott Willis as Edward, Janet Caine as Francine, AlissaBeth Morton as Gloria, Ian Turnwald as George, and Dale White as Paul.

The production has scenic design by Brian Kessler, lighting design by Matthew J. Fick, costume design by Liz Goodall, sound design by Mike Duncan, musical direction and orchestrations by Michael Rice, and percussion arrangements by David Nyberg.