Gurr News : Christopher Gurr Joins Encores! Call Me Madam
The February 6th–10th engagement will star Carmen Cusak, Ben Davis, Carol Kane, Brad Oscar, and Adam Heller.
Cusack (Bright Star, Lempicka) will take on the role of Ambassador Sally Adams, originated on Broadway in the Irving Berlin musical by Ethel Merman. The cast will also include Ben Davis (Violet) as Cosmo Constantine, Adam Heller (It Shoulda Been You) as Congressman Wilkins, Emmy winner Carol Kane (Harvey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Grand Dutchess Sophie, Stanley Wayne Mathis (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Senator Borckbank, Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!) as Senator Gallagher, Michael Benjamin Washington (The Boys in the Band) as Pemberton Maxwell, and Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as Princess Maria.
The ensemble includes Florrie Bagel, Daniel Berryman, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Leslie Flesner, Ta’Nika Gibson, Christopher Gurr, Leah Horowitz, Javier Ignacio, Max Kumangai, Matt Loehr, Brandt Martinez, Skye Mattox, Timothy McDevitt, Harris Milgrim, Bethany Moore, Mary Page Nance, Robert Roby, Kathy Voytko, Sumi Yu, and Ricardo Zayas. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Casey Hushion will direct the presentation of the musical, which was originally seen at Encores! in its second season in 1995. Denis Jones will choreograph, with Encores! Music Director Rob Berman at the podium.
The show, featuring a score by Berlin and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, sends up political discourse as a socialite is named U.S. ambassador to the (fictional) country of Lichtenburg.
From the City Center Encores! site :
“For the second time in Encores! history—and as a tip of the hat to City Center’s legacy—we’re reviving one of our own revivals. Call Me Madam was the highlight of the second season of Encores! and we are delighted to bring it back to our stage in honor of our 75th Anniversary Season. Tony-nominee Carmen Cusack plays the charmingly unrefined Sally Adams, the “hostess with the mostess,” and ambassador to the fictional country of Lichtenburg. With beloved standards like “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Something to Dance About,” The New York Times praised the score as one of Irving Berlin’s most enchanting; “fresh, light, and beguiling.”
Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.
Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.