The Old Globe Sets Cast, Creative Team for Ken Ludwig's Baskerville
Originally published on BroadwayWorld.com
The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a new work by one of America's great comic playwrights, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You. Baskerville is directed by Josh Rhodes, who previously choreographed the Globe's productions of Bright Star and Working, as well as Broadway's It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 24, with opening night on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Although originally scheduled to run through August 23, Baskerville has been extended by popular demand through August 30, 2015!
A wildly inventive adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles makes its West Coast premiere. Ken Ludwig brings to life literature's most famous detective-the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. Five fearless actors conjure the world of Victorian England as Holmes and Watson take on one of the most diabolical cases of their careers. This witty and clever romp delivers chills, laughter, and a great evening of theatre.
Tony Award nominee Euan Morton plays the intrepid Sherlock Holmes. He was last at the Globe as Michelangelo Buonarroti in 2012's Divine Rivalry. He originated the role of Boy George in Taboo on Broadway and the West End, appeared in Broadway's Cyrano de Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim, and won an Obie Award for Measure for Pleasure at The Public Theater. Usman Ally is his trusted colleague Doctor Watson. He received a 2015 Obie Award for Off Broadway's The Invisible Hand and has also appeared in Disgraced, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Jungle Book, "Madam Secretary," and "Damages." The 45 other people in the play are portrayed by Blake Segal as Man One (Mary Poppins national tour, Off Broadway's Bones in the Basket and Les Enfants de Paris, "Blue Bloods"), Andrew Kober as Man Two (Broadway's Les Miserables and Hair, "House of Cards," "Boardwalk Empire"), and Liz Wisan as Woman One (Other Desert Cities on Broadway, Bill W. and Dr. Bob Off Broadway, the films Ready or Knot and Bitches, "Elementary").
The creative team also includes Wilson Chin (Scenic Design), Shirley Pierson (Costume Design), Austin R. Smith (Lighting Design), Bart Fasbender (Original Music and Sound Design), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Annette Yé (Production Stage Manager).
"Ken Ludwig is an American master and one of the finest comic dramatists we have," said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "I am thrilled to bring his latest brilliant creation to San Diego. It doesn't take a super detective to figure out that our audiences will embrace its hilarious high-style and spine-tingling suspense. Director Josh Rhodes, another shining talent, will bring his own vivid and audacious style to the play, as will a cast as highly talented as any we've had here. Add a pipe, a magnifying glass, and a deerstalker hat, and Baskerville will deliver an evening of wit and panache that I know will prove one of the most memorable in Globe history."
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and seven on London's West End. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, an Edgar Award, a Southeastern Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, and an Edwin Forrest Award. His newest book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Random House, won a Falstaff Award. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy for You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Twentieth Century, Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game's Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers, and The Beaux' Stratagem. His most recent plays include Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee), and A Comedy of Tenors, a sequel to Lend Me a Tenor, which will open this fall. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work has been published by Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of McCarter Theatre Center. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College, and Cambridge University.
Josh Rhodes (Director) previously choreographed the Globe's productions of Bright Star and Working. His recent Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, and Drama Desk Award nominations). He choreographed Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Sweeney Todd, and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert for the New York Philharmonic and PBS. As a director his credits include Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Casa Mañana), and Broadway Bares XX and XXI. His other stage credits include Zorba (City Center Encores!), Working (Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, Drama Desk Award-winning production at Prospect Theater Company), John Kander's The Landing (Vineyard Theatre), Broadway: Three Generations (The Kennedy Center), On the Town (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone (Ravinia Festival), Barnum (Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Magazine Theater Award), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award nomination).