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Pictured: Geoff Packard
Goodman Theatre has announced the cast for its season closer — Mary Zimmerman’s production of “The Music Man.” Meredith Willson’s masterpiece will be led by Geoff Packard as the charismatic con man Harold Hill, with Monica West as Marian-the-librarian Paroo.
Joining Packard and West are Sophie Ackerman (Amaryllis Squires), Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Marcellus Washburn), Lillian Castillo (Ethel Toffelmier), Matt Crowle (Charlie Cowell), Danielle Davis (Mrs. Squires), Mary Ernster (Mrs. Paroo), Kelly Felthous (Zaneeta Shinn), Carter Graf (Winthrop Paroo), Nicole Michelle Haskins (Alma Hix), Jeremy Peter Johnson (Oliver Hix), Christopher Kale Jones (Jacey Squires), Heidi Kettenring (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), James Konicek (Olin Britt), Milla Liss (Gracie Shinn), Ron E. Rains (Mayor Shinn), Tommy Rivera-Vega (Tommy Djilas), Jonathan Schwart (Ewart Dunlop), Bri Sudia (Maud Dunlop) and George Wolff (Constable Locke). Ensemble members include Cooper Carlisle, Matt Casey, Alejandro Fonseca, Anya Haverfield, Sammy Menapace, Zach Porter, Laura Savage, Adrienne Storrs and Ayana Strutz.
Jermaine Hill will lead an 11-member orchestra, and Tony-nominated Denis Jones will provide the choreography in his Goodman debut. The creative team also includes Dan Ostling (set designer), Ana Kuzmanic (costume designer), T.J. Gerckens (lighting designer) and Ray Nardelli (sound designer).
Mary Zimmerman is celebrating 25 years of collaboration with the Goodman with “The Music Man” marking her 16th production. “I’m thrilled to direct The Music Man this summer. This musical is part of the American canon and provides a story of transformation that’s just a charm. I’m extremely Midwestern and as is this play, so I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with the company as well as with Chicago audiences,” she said. “We’ve assembled a huge array of talented people. Some of us are old friends, such as Geoff Packard, who I worked with in “Candide,” “The Jungle Book” and “Metamorphoses”—and a great many others are new and exciting to me.”
“The Music Man” runs June 29 – August 4 in the Albert Theatre. Tickets are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/MusicMan, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).