Portland Center Stage has announced that Broadway veteran Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) will star in a new musical adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, which will run May 28-June 30 with an official June 5 opening.
Somewhere in Time is based on the novel by author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and the subsequent hit film starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. It is the tale of young playwright Richard Collier, who has an encounter with a mysterious old woman that leads him on the journey of a lifetime, as he unravels history and time in search of love.
The cast will also feature Hannah Elless (Godspell) as Elise McKenna, three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5) as Robinson, and David Cryer (The Phantom of the Opera) as Arthur. The ensemble includes Leslie Becker, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erin Burniston, Meggie Cansler, Cory English, Leslie Flesner, Lizzie Klemperer, Erik Liberman, Sharonlee McLean, Jared Miller, Benjie Randall, and Tad Wilson.
The new musical has original music by Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz and a book by Ken Davenport. In a statement, Davenport said, "Years ago, I fell hopelessly in love with the story of Somewhere in Time, just as our lead character falls hopefully in love with Elise McKenna, and I'm thrilled that we will be premiering the production in Portland this spring."