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Obba Babatundé, Ann Duquesnay, Ted Louis Levy, et al. Set for Sammy at Old Globe

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Obba Babatundé as Sammy Davis, Jr.
(© Craig Schwartz)
Obba Babatundé as Sammy Davis, Jr.
(© Craig Schwartz)
Tony Award winner Ann Duquesnay, Genie Award winner Adam James, and Emmy Award winner Ted Louis Levy will join previously announced Tony nominee Obba Babatundé in the world premiere of the new musical Sammy, featuring book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Keith Glover will direct the production, which will play the Old Globe Theatre, September 19-November 8, with an opening on October 2.

The musical is based on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. (played by Babatundé), moving from his days as a child working in vaudeville through his time with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as a member of the Rat Pack. It will feature a number of classic tunes including "The Candy Man," "Mr. Bojangles" and "What Kind of Fool Am I." Keith Young will choreograph the musical, with music supervision by Ian Fraser.

Duquesnay will play Rosa Davis, James will play Frank Sinatra, and Levy will play Sammy Davis, Sr. The cast will also feature Heather Ayers (May Britt/Ensemble), Mary Ann Hermansen (Kim Novak/Ensemble), Troy Britton Johnson (Dean Martin/Cohn/Jennings/Ensemble), Keewa Nurullah (Lola Folana/Ensemble), Perry Ojeda (Eddie Cantor/Ensemble), Victoria Platt (Altovise Gore/Ensemble), Lance Roberts (Will Mastin), Alonzo Saunders (Murphy/Ensemble) with Jenelle Engleson, Stephanie Girard, Lauren Haughton, Anise Ritchie and Sarrah Strimel (Ensemble).

The creative team will include Keith Young (choreogrpaher), Ian Fraser (musical supervision), Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Fabio Toblini (costume design), Chris Lee (lighting design), John H. Shivers (sound design), David Patridge (sound design), Ned Ginsburg (orchestrator), and Rahn Coleman (music director/conductor).

Babatundé received a Tony nomination for his performance as C.C. White in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls. His additional Broadway credits include the revival of Chicago, Grind and Timbuktu! He also created the role of Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam. He received an Emmy nomination for Miss Ever's Boys, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

For more information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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