The world premiere production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Knoxville concludes its run May 11. The play officially opened April 23 at Asolo Repertory Theatre, following previews which began April 15.
The new musical features a book by Frank Galati, music by Flaherty, and lyrics by Ahrens . The trio previously collaborated on the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime which earned Galati a Tony Award-nomination and a Drama Desk Award-nomination for Best Director; and Seussical.
Based on James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize Award-winning autobiographical novel A Death in the Family, the show chronicles Agee's struggle to write about the gripping loss of his father and its effect on his and his mother's life. The work stars Broadway favorites Jason Danieley, Hannah Elless, and Paul Alexander Nolan as novelist James Agee, Mary Follet, and Jay Follett (respectively).
The cast is rounded out by Ellen Harvey as Hannah Lynch, Nathan Salstone as Andrew Lynch, Sarah Aili as Sally Follet, Natalie Venetia Belcon as Jessie, Dwelvan David as The Ferryman/Doctor Dekalb, Jack Casey as Rufus Follet, Barbara Marineau as Catherine, William Parry as Joel, Abigail Stephenson as Victoria, Joel Waggoner as Ralph Follet, and Scott Wakefield as Man at the Scene. Understudies include Jaden Boyd, Willa Carpenter, Alan Chandler, Sade Crosby, Ian Johnston, Patricia M. Lawrence, and Sharon Pearlman.
Asolo Repertory Theatre's 2021-2022 season will continue with Eureka Day, Hood, and BardWired: Much Ado About Nothing .