Casting is complete for the Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical The Sting, which will begin previews March 29 prior to an official opening April 8 at the New Jersey venue.
Harry Connick Jr., as previously reported, will star as Henry Gondorff. He will be joined by Peter Benson as The Erie Kid, Janet Dacal as Loretta, Christopher Gurr as J.J. Singleton, J. Harrison Ghee as Johnny Hooker, 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.
Based on the 1973 film, the musical features a book by Bob Martin and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis with Connick, Jr. The score will also contain music by Scott Joplin, including “The Entertainer.”
Set in 1936 Chicago, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff, who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer.
The production will also have 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.
Performances will continue through April 29.
Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Visit PaperMill.org.