UPDATED: The four actors joining the previously announced Broadway veteran and Drama Desk Award nominee Bryce Ryness (Hair) for The New Theatre at 45th Street's production of Around the World in 80 Days have been announced. Ryness will lead in the role of Phileas Fogg alongside Jimmy Ray Bennett (White's Lies) as Speedy, Leo Ash Evens (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Passepartout, Stephen Guarino (ABC's Happy Endings) as Fix, and Emily McNamara (NEWSical The Musical) as Aouda.
March 22, 2013 - Drama Desk Award nominee Bryce Ryness (Hair) will portray Phileas Fogg in the new adaptation of the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown (The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge). Rachel Klein (The Tragedy of Maria Macabre) will direct. The show begins previews May 9 for an opening May 30 at the New Theatre at 45th Street.
Set in 1872, eccentric London adventurer and inventor Phileas Fogg, and his sidekick Passepartout, take on a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days using various methods of transportation. Five actors will portray 39 roles. The rest of the casting will be announced at a later date.
The production team includes Aaron Grant and the Aaron Grant Theatrical Inc. Team as general manager, TheatreMama as marketing consultant, and Daryl Eisenberg Casting as casting director.