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Ann Harada, Adam Heller, and More Join Beth Leavel in Gypsy at the Muny

The St. Louis theater rounds out its cast for Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

The Muny fills out the cast for its production of Gypsy, starring Tony winner Beth Leavel.
The Muny completes the cast for its production of Gypsy, starring Tony winner Beth Leavel.
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The Muny has announced the complete cast and design team for its summer production of Gypsy (July 27-August 2), starring Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as Rose.

Joining Leavel in the cast will be Adam Heller (Herbie), Julia Knitel (Louise), Hayley Podschun (Dainty June), Jennifer Cody (Tessie Tura and Miss Cratchitt), Ann Harada (Electra), Ellen Harvey (Mazeppa), Kip Niven (Pop, Cigar, and Philadelphia Announcer), Drew Redington (Tulsa), Michael James Reed (Weber, Bourgeron-Cochon, and Detroit Announcer), Lara Teeter (Uncle Jocko, Phil, and Minsky's Announcer), Elise Edwards (Baby Louise), and Amelie Lock (Baby June).

Rounding out the ensemble will be Kevin Curtis, Meghan Faddis, Ciara Alyse Harris, Haley Holcomb, Zachary Daniel Jones, Chris Kelley, Evan Kinnane, Katie Pohlman, Jack Sippel, Gabi Stapula, Daryl Tofa, and Keaton Whittaker. The company will also be joined by the Muny Kid youth ensemble.

The creative team will include scenic design by Luke Cantarella, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by John Lasiter, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Nathan W. Scheuer, and wig design by Leah J. Loukas, with production stage manager Shawn Pennington.

As previously announced, Gypsy is directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins with music direction by James Moore. Gypsy originally opened on Broadway in 1959 starring Ethel Merman. The musical features a book and lyrics by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The story is based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and tells her story as the ultimate stage mother. Through Rose's dream to raise her daughters Louise and June to become stars, she aims to gain fulfillment for her own failed venture into show business.