Original Cast Member Rebecca Luker to Star in Benefit Concert of The Secret Garden
Original Secret Garden cast members Rebecca Luker and Bill Nolte will reunite for a one-night-only concert production of the musical, to be held Monday, January 11 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The show, presented by Friends in Theater Company, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York.
Directed and choreographed by Broadway vet Curtis Holbrook (Xanadu), the production will feature Luker and Nolte as Lily and Ben, with Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home) as Mary, Eli Tokash (The King and I) as Colin, Ali Ewoldt (The King and I) as Ayah, and Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots) as Martha. The ensemble will be made up of Lacey Angerosa, Zech Azazi, Phillip Claflin, Michael Gioia, Emma Grimsley, Megan Johnson, Travis Kent, Jenna Miller, and Michael Yeshion. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Jonathan Rose serves as musical director.
This version of Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's Tony-winning tuner is unrelated to Manhattan Concert Productions' upcoming staging of The Secret Garden, which stars Tony nominee Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) under the direction of Stafford Arima (Allegiance). That production will be mounted at David Geffen Hall on February 21 and 22.
Pizzolo, who will play Mary in the Friends in Theater Company production, coincidentally replaced Lucas — who will play the role in Manhattan Concert Productions' mounting — as Small Alison in Fun Home.
Click here for tickets to the Friends in Theater Company production of The Secret Garden.