Jennifer Barnhart will star in Rescue Rue, a production of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Jennifer Barnhart will star in Rescue Rue, a production of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
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Rescue Rue, a musical about puppies and dreaming, will star Avenue Q veteran Jennifer Barnhart when it plays the New York Musical Theatre Festival this summer.

Written by Stacey Weingarten, Kate Steinberg, and Joshua Zecher-Ross, Rescue Rue tells the story of a little dog named Rue, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after wishing for a "Happily Ever After" from her Fairy Dogmother. The full company includes Nate Begle, Sarah Liz Haines, Jason Jacoby, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Brendan Malafronte, and Gretchen Wylder.

Rescue Rue is presented in association with Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter, LLC. The show, which features a score by Steinberg and Zecher-Ross, is directed by its book writer, Weingarten. It will run for five performances from July 8-20 at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. A special TDF autism-friendly performance will be held on July 20.