Tari Kelly cast as Ado Annie in Oklahoma
For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2013
Broadway’s Tari Kelly “saddles up” as Ado Annie
for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Starring John Cudia (Curly), Ashley Brown (Laurey),
David Adam Moore (Jud), and Curtis Holbrook (Will
Gary Griffin, Director / James Lowe, Conductor
Sixteen performances Saturday, May 4
through Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tickets $32-$153 ~ 312.332.2244 or
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s general
director Anthony Freud announced today
that Broadway’s Tari Kelly will portray
the feisty Ado Annie in the company’s premiere and new production of Oklahoma!
directed by Gary Griffin May 4-19 at the Civic Opera House. Casting is now
complete for the beloved classic musical.
“Tari will be a tremendous asset to our Oklahoma! cast,” said
Freud. “She sings up a storm on Broadway and all over the country, portraying
some of the most vivid characters in musical theater. She’s exhibited an
irrepressible vitality and megawatt personality that will make her a wonderful
Returning to Chicago, where she earned her
degree in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, Tari Kelly recently appeared on
Broadway as Reno Sweeney in the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes and as Mamma Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the
St. James Theatre. Kelly’s national tour appearances include Audrey/Little Shop of Horrors, Sally Bowles/ Cabaret, and Ellie May Chipley in Hal
Prince’s Show Boat. Regionally, Kelly
has starred as Millie Dillmount/Thoroughly
Modern Millie at the MUNY in St. Louis and Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre;
Janet Van De Graaff/The Drowsy Chaperone,
Edythe Herbert/My One and Only, and
Fran Kubelik/Promises, Promises at
Stages St. Louis; and Sally Bowles/Cabaret
at Pittsburgh’s Public Theatre and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, to name a few.
announced members of Lyric’s Oklahoma! cast and production team
include John Cudia (Curly), Ashley Brown (Laurey), David Adam Moore (Jud), Curtis Holbrook (Will Parker), Paula Scrofano (Aunt Eller), Usman Ally (Ali Hakim), Matt DeCaro (Andrew Carnes), Andrea Prestinario (Gertie Cummings), Gary Griffin (director), James Lowe (conductor),
(set designer), Mara Blumenfeld (costume designer), Christine Binder (lighting designer), Valerie Maze (chorus master),
(choreographer), Victor Wisehart
and Jill Walmsley Zager (English diction
and dialect coach). (Jenn Gambatese had
been announced as Ado Annie last November, but has since withdrawn.)
Lyric’s new production of Oklahoma!,
which will include the original Agnes de
Mille dances and original orchestrations (performed by 37 members of the
Lyric Opera Orchestra), will also feature a 28- member singing/dancing ensemble
(with 12 members of Lyric Opera’s Chorus) plus three solo dancers.
The production will have 16 performances
on May 4 (7:30pm), 5 (2pm), 8 (2pm & 7:30pm), 9 (8pm), 10 (7:30pm), 11 (2pm
& 7:30pm), 12 (2pm), 15 (2pm & 7:30 pm), 16 (7:30pm), 17 (7:30pm), 18
(2pm & 7:30pm), 19 (2pm) at the Civic Opera House, Tickets are on sale now,
ranging from $32 to $153.
Premiered on Broadway in 1943, Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
II. It ran for 2,243 performances with many songs becoming American classics,
including “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Surrey
With The Fringe On Top.” Based on Lynn Riggs’
1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, the
story is set in the Oklahoma Territory of 1906
near Claremore and tells the story of two pairs of
New Lyric Opera production of
generously made possible by an Anonymous
Donor, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, The Negaunee Foundation, Northern
Trust, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr.
and Mrs. William C. Vance, and Jim
and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills.