Paper Mill Playhouse announced the cast and creative team of the world premiere production of the new musical The Sting, based on the 1973 film, and with book by Bob Martin, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis with Harry Connick, Jr. In addition, the score will contain music by Scott Joplin including “The Entertainer.” John Rando is set to direct with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Fred Lassen. The Broadway-bound engagement of The Sting begins performances on Thursday, March 29, 2018, for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ. Opening Night is Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Major Sponsor of The Sting.
The principal cast will star Harry Connick, Jr. as Henry Gondorff, with Peter Benson as The Erie Kid, Janet Dacal as Loretta, Christopher Gurr as J.J. Singleton, J. Harrison Ghee as Johnny Hooker (The role originated by Robert Redford), Tom Hewitt as Doyle Lonnegan, Richard Kline as Kid Twist, Kevyn Morrow as Luther, Kate Shindle as Billie, and Robert Wuhl as Snyder.
Rounding out the cast are Lucien Barbarin, Darius Barnes, Keely Beirne, Michael Fatica, Luke Hawkins, Tyler Huckstep, Matt Loehr, Erica Mansfield, Drew McVety, Ramone Owens, Tyler Roberts, Angie Schworer, Christine Shepard, Britton Smith, Sherisse Springer, Diana Vaden, Kevin Worley and Lara Seibert Young.
The Sting will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
The production team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Randy Hansen, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make up design by Cookie Jordan, vocal arrangements by Fred Lassen, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, and fight coordinator Robert Westley. The production stage manager is Bonnie L. Becker. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Tara Rubin, CSA.
Chicago. 1936. Get ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (Harry Connick, Jr.), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. The Sting takes you back to an era where jazz reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded.
Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff/Music and Lyrics) a multiple Grammy and Emmy winner, began performing in his native New Orleans at age five. He has released 30 albums, highlighting his talents as pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, and orchestrator, garnering over 28 million sales. Connick received Tony nominations for his performance as Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game and for his score to Thou Shalt Not (directed by Susan Stroman). He last performed on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, following the 2010 run of Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway, which marked the 20th anniversary of his first sold-out concert series on Broadway. He has appeared in 19 films including Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Bug with Ashley Judd, and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver, and on television (American Idol, Will & Grace, South Pacific). In the fall of 2016, he launched Harry, a nationally syndicated daytime television show featuring his touring band, which earned five Daytime Emmy nominations in its first season, including best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show. Connick received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in recognition of his efforts to help New Orleans rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Peter Benson (The Erie Kid). On Broadway, Mr. Benson has appeared in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Harvey; Promises, Promises; To Be or Not to Be; Boeing-Boeing; The Pajama Game (with Harry Connick, Jr.—Outer Critics Circle nomination); Wonderful Town; Cabaret; Little Me; An American Daughter; and State Fair. He has appeared Off Broadway in Distracted (Roundabout), Birth and After Birth (Atlantic), The New Moon (City Center Encores!), The Country Club (Drama Dept.), Maddening Truth (Keen), Urban Dictionary Plays (twice at Ars Nova), and many others. Recent television guest stars include Louie, Horace and Pete, Banshee (season 4), Elementary, The Americans, Blue Bloods, and Blacklist.
Janet Dacal (Loretta) makes her Paper Mill Playhouse debut in The Sting. She most recently starred in Hal Prince’s Prince of Broadway, playing multiple roles including Evita, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Sydney in It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…. She created the role of Alice in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. She played the lead, Nina Rosario, in In the Heights after originating the role of Carla in the Off Broadway and Broadway productions, for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Additional favorite roles include Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Kathy in The Last Five Years, and Maria Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor.
J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker) is honored to be creating the role of Johnny Hooker in The Sting and to make his Paper Mill Playhouse debut. Broadway/International Tour: Kinky Boots (Lola/swing). Regional: The Color Purple (ensemble). Television: High Maintenance (“Globo,” Charles). Industrial: Tokyo DisneySea’s Big Band Beat, Norwegian Cruise Line. Proud graduate of AMDA (NY).
Christopher Gurr (J.J. Singleton) recently starred as Gus in the Trevor Nunn/Andy Blankenbuehler Broadway revival of Cats. Other Broadway credits: Tuck Everlasting, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, and All the Way with Bryan Cranston. First National Tours: Memphis, Spamalot. Regional: Copenhagen, 1776, Twelve Angry Men, My Fair Lady (Geva); The Who’s Tommy, Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Getting the Band Back Together (George Street); The Lion in Winter (Indiana Rep); The Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race). TV: Madame Secretary.
Tom Hewitt (Doyle Lonnegan). Paper Mill: Jane Eyre, Man of La Mancha. Broadway includes: Amazing Grace, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Dracula, The Boys from Syracuse, The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), The Lion King, School for Scandal, The Sisters Rosensweig. National Tours: Finding Neverland, Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan. Off Broadway: Another Medea, Treasure Island, Jeffery, Beau Jest (Outer Critics nomination). Recent regional credits: My Paris (Long Wharf), Irma Vep (BTG), Spamalot (PCLO, TUTS, Starlight), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), Travesties (Long Wharf—Connecticut Critics Circle Award). Film/TV: Elementary, Law & Order, Julie Taymor’s Fool’s Fire.
Richard Kline (Kid Twist). Broadway: City of Angels, November. Regional: By Jeeves, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, And a Nightingale Sang, Spamalot, Sunshine Boys, Company, Titanic, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Chemin de Fer, Death of a Salesman, and others, at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Penguin Rep, Intiman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Westport Country Playhouse, Mint Theater, Goodspeed Opera, Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Tours: Wicked (The Wizard), Jake’s Women. Solo show: Boychik. Film: Don’t Think Twice, Liberty Heights, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. TV: The Americans, Blue Bloods, Three’s Company (Larry Dallas), and over 75 more including L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, St. Elsewhere, and Maude.
Kevyn Morrow (Luther). Broadway: The Color Purple (revival), Bandstand, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dream, Smokey Joes Cafe, A Chorus Line (1990 closing company), Dreamgirls (revival), Leader of the Pack. West End: Ragtime (Olivier nomination), 125th Street. Off Broadway: While I Yet Live, Boys in the Band, Blue. Regional: First Wives Club (NAACP nomination), Driving Miss Daisy, The Lion in Winter, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Pajama Game, The Three Musketeers, Tambourine to Glory (Helen Hayes nomination). Film: Fair Market Value, The Trade, Stayin’ Alive. Television: Recurring: The Path, Elementary, Hope & Faith, Ed; Guest: Person of Interest, Good Wife, Hostages, Law & Order, Coach, Murphy Brown.
Kate Shindle (Billie) recently wrapped up the acclaimed first national tour of Fun Home (Alison). Proud Jersey girl excited to make her Paper Mill debut. Broadway: Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Wonderland (Hatter), Jekyll & Hyde. Other favorites: After the Fall (Maggie); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Catherine); Gypsy (Louise); Into the Woods (Witch); Sympathy Jones; The Last Five Years; First Lady Suite. TV/Film: Lucky Stiff (Dominique), Law & Order: SVU, White Collar, Gossip Girl, The Stepford Wives. Kate is currently president of both Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Authority.
Robert Wuhl (Lt. Snyder) is a proud member of the Union (New Jersey) High School Hall of Fame. Movies: Batman; Bull Durham; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Bodyguard; Flashdance; Mistress; Hollywood Knights; Cobb; Good Burger; Open Season (also writer/director). He created and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ (CableACE nomination) and Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl (Writers Guild Award nomination). Other TV: Tales from the Crypt (CableACE nomination), American Dad, Blue Bloods, Police Squad (writer), 60 Minutes Sports (contributor.) He received two Emmy Awards for writing the 63rd and 64th Academy Awards.