Beginning May 5, The Prom receives its regional premiere at New Jersey's Axelrod Performing Arts Center with Broadway's Vicki Lewis and John Scherer leading the company. Performances are scheduled through May 21.
Lewis plays Dee Dee Allen opposite Scherer as Barry Glickman, two narcissistic actors fresh off the flop musical Eleanor!: The Eleanor Roosevelt Story. Hoping to do some damage control over their public image, they insert themselves into a cause. Joining them in the cast are Emily McNamara as Angie Dickinson, Richard E. Waits as Principal Hawkins, Matt Hill as Trent Oliver, Lillian Belle Doll as Emma Nolan, and Emily Pellecchia as her prom date, Alyssa Green. Kyle Javon Blocker, Christina Claire, Christie Dabreau, Markos Eugenis, Danny Feldman, Joshua Kring, Sealth Grover, Jillian Ann Lee, Amanda Leigh Lupacchino, Laura Renee Mehl, Lauren Rathbun, Quincy Southerland, Alexandra Tarsinov, Matt Walsh, Grace Wolf, Nikki Yarnell and Hunter Yocom round out the company.
Broadway director Todd Buonopane helms the production which features choreography by Brooke Engen and music direction by Michael Gilch. Also serving on the creative team are lighting designer Cameron Filepas, scenic designer Fred Sorrentino, costume designer Miranda Graves, sound designer Matt Feeney, prop designer Susan Bloir, and wig designer Jason Hayes.
Scherer said in an earlier statement, “It’s a thrill to be reunited with Vicki Lewis onstage. She’s a brilliant comedian and singer and one of my closest friends. And to get to play these roles together in this hilarious and meaningful show is a dream come true!”
The show is produced by Andrew DePrisco.
For more information, visit AxelrodArtsCenter.com.