The Unsinkable Molly Brown
July 21 – 27
I AIN’T DOWN YET!
Hannibal Missouri’s own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson’s 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can’t-live-with-him/can’t-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring!
The Muny’s 2017 production is a “revisal” (revision/revival) of the musical. Though the plotline differs significantly from the original production, the musical includes seven untouched songs from the original Meredith Willson score. The rest of the score is made up of “Molly Brown” stage and film songs with additional lyrics, and trunk songs from the Willson catalog.
Tammy Grimes created the role of Molly in the 1960 Broadway production, earning a Tony Award® for her performance. Debbie Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award® for her work as Molly in the 1964 film.
The words hell, damn and dammit are used throughout the show.
A few songs and several lines of dialogue reference alcohol (i.e. “Belly Up to the Bar, Boys”).
A few lines of dialogue contain sexual innuendo.
One scene references harsh immigration rules in a historical context.
|Ticket Prices||Season*||Single||Season Savings|
|Center Boxes (C-6)||$637||$95||4%|
|Side Boxes (7-10)||$581||$90||8%|
|Terrace A (A-M)||$448||$74||14%|
|Terrace A (N-Y)||$329||$58||19%|
|Terrace B (A-M)||$231||$44||25%|
|Terrace B (N-Y)||$112||$31||48%|
|* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.|
BETH MALONE (Molly Brown)
originated the leading role of Alison in Broadway’s Fun Home which earned her a Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include: Ring of Fire. Off-B’way: Bingo!; Fun Home, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center), Sister Act (Alliance Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (CMT). TV: Claudia on CBS’s Brain Dead, The Good Wife, Reno 911!; Judging Amy, What’s On? and One Minute Soaps. Film: soon to be released, The Comedian with Robert De Niro, and Hick with Eddie Redmayne.
MARC KUDISCH (J.J. Brown)
Three-time Tony nominee, Drama Desk winner and four-time nominee, two-time Outer Critics Circle nominee. Broadway: Finding Neverland, Hand to God, 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty.., The Apple Tree, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel, High Society, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Off-Broadway: The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature), Hand to God (MCC), The Blue Flower (2ST), A Minister’s Wife, The Glorious Ones (LCT), See What I Wanna See (Public). Recent regional: Baritones UnBound (Co-writer, ArtsEmerson/Asolo Rep/Royal George Theatre), Hamlet (Yale Repertory), Tartuffe (Westport), Golden Age (Kennedy Center). Opera: A Little Night Music (Anatomy Theatre), Wonderful Town (LA Opera), A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance (NY City Opera), The New Prince (Dutch National Opera). Recent TV: Billions, Mindhunter, House of Cards.
WHITNEY BASHOR (Julia)
reprises her role from the Denver Center production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Last seen on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County (Clarence Derwent Award). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Himself and Nora. Other credits include: Merrily We Roll Along (Wallis Annenberg CPA), The Light in the Piazza (Philadelphia Theatre Co., Barrymore Award), Diner (Signature Theatre), Edges (original cast recording). Concerts: Adam Guettel at 54 Below, An Evening with the Music of Marvin Hamlisch (Library of Congress). TV: Law & Order SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Love Monkey, All My Children. Twitter: @whitneybashor. Instagram: @bashorw
DAVID ABELES (Erich)
is thrilled to be making his Muny debut! Broadway: In Transit, Once, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Incident at Vichy, Atomic, The Burnt Part Boys, Hell House. National tour: Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, My Fair Lady. Regional: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center), Sundance, NY Stage and Film, O’Neill, Williamstown. Film/TV: Begin Again, Son of Morning, Law & Order: SVU. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Twitter: @iamdavidabeles
JUSTIN GUARINI (Vincenzo)
Broadway: In Transit (Trent, original cast) Wicked (Fiyero), Romeo and Juliet (Paris), American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Regional: Mamma Mia! (Sam), Chicago (Billy Flynn), and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph) for Muny; Paint Your Wagon (Julio, NY City Center Encores!), Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Drake, world premiere, Alliance Theatre), Rent (Roger, Surflight Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life (Jake, Bucks County Playhouse). Solo albums: Justin Guarini (RCA Records), Stranger Things Have Happened. Film: Fast Girl, From Justin to Kelly. TV: American Idol: Season 1, Run of the House, Wizards of Waverly Place, TV Guide Network (host).
PAOLO MONTALBAN (Arthur)
is best known as the Prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (ABC- you know… the one with Brandy) and as Kung Lao in the martial arts action series Mortal Kombat: Conquest (TNT). Broadway: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pacific Overtures, The King and I. Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in the Park), The Romance of Magno Rubio (Ma-Yi Theater Co.) Regional: Bella (Tommy Haw, Dallas Theater Center) The King and I (King, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Lun Tha, The Muny), A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus, American Conservatory Theater), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Arthur, Denver Center), The Orphan of Zhao (Emperor, ACT/ La Jolla Playhouse), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin, Ogunquit Playhouse). TV: Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: SVU. Film: Just Wright, The Great Raid. Twitter: @paolmontalban
Karl Josef Co
Dionna Thomas Littleton
Cullen R. Titmas
DICK SCANLAN (Book & Additional Lyrics)
wrote the book and lyrics for 2002’s Tony and Drama Desk award-winning Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, music by Jeanine Tesori. He was Tony nominated for Everyday Rapture, a musical he wrote with Sherie Rene Scott. Also with Ms. Scott, Mr. Scanlan co-wrote, and co-directed with Michael Mayer, Whorl Inside a Loop off-Broadway at Second Stage. He served as script consultant to the legendary Berry Gordy in connection with Motown The Musical. In 2015, he directed Jake Gyllenhaal in Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center. Mr. Scanlan’s novel, Does Freddy Dance, was published in 1995. He has published numerous articles and essays in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and many other publications. Current projects include a commission from the Metropolitan Opera.
KATHLEEN MARSHALL (Director/Choreographer)
Broadway credits include In Transit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Living on Love, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate; 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Off-Broadway and regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Old Globe), My Paris (Long Wharf), Ever After (Paper Mill), Diner (Signature Theatre), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center Theatre). City Center Encores!: The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Carnival and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons. Film: My Week with Marilyn (choreographer). TV: Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man (Emmy nomination) and 2 Broke Girls. She has received three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Smith College Medal (her alma mater) and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
MICHAEL RAFTER (Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements)
Music Director/Arranger/Pianist for Sutton Foster. Music Director/ Supervisor: Violet (starring Sutton Foster), Everyday Rapture, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, The King & I, Gypsy, Swing, The Buddy Holly Story. Arranger: Swing and Sweet Charity. Associate Music Supervisor: Jersey Boys. TV: Gypsy (Emmy award, music direction), Broadway’s Best on Bravo (w/Trisha Yearwood, Kevin Bacon, Mandy Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Darius Rucker). Recordings: Wish with Sutton Foster, Sutton Foster, Live at The Carlyle. Movies: Arthur (additional scoring, arrangements), Music And Lyrics, Did You Hear About The Morgans? (vocal, instrumental producer). Proud father of Siena Rafter, Brown University class of 2020.
DEREK MCLANE (Scenic Designer)
Broadway credits include: The Price, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Fully Committed, Noises Off, Gigi, 33 Variations (Tony Award), China Doll, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Anything Goes, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway credits include: If I Forget, Love, Love, Love; Gently Down the Stream, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Charity, Buried Child, The Spoils, Into the Woods, Ruined, The Last Five Years, Macbeth and Hurlyburly. Television credits: 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th & 89th Academy Awards and the live NBC Musicals: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. He has received a Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award and two Art Directors Guild Awards.
PAUL TATE DEPOO III (Scenic Designer)
is an international designer for theatre, opera, events and film based in NYC. Recent and upcoming productions include: MUNY: Jesus Christ Superstar, Young Frankenstein. OD Musicals Korea: TITANIC. Signature Theatre: TITANIC, Little Night Music, Crazy for You, Girlstar. Asolo Rep: Josephine. Goodspeed Musicals: Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Sign of the Times, Guys and Dolls. Delaware Theatre Company: War of the Roses. Off-Broadway: Locusts Have No King, White Guy on the Bus, Himself and Nora, Romance Language, Pageant: The Musical, Sex of the Baby, Look Upon Your Lowliness. Ted Talks: Boston. Classic Stage Company: Othello. Maltz Jupiter: The Producers, Me and My Girl, The Wiz, Les Misérables, Will Roger’s Follies, Annie, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly! Bard Opera: Turnadot. Yale: The Rocky Horror Show. Broadway Associate Designer: Lincoln Center’sSweeney Todd, Lady Day, How To Succeed…, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Bengal Tiger, Follies, Anything Goes. Paul is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, United Scenic Artists and was recently announced as Live Design Magazine’s ‘Designer to Watch.’ www.pauldepoo.com
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Designer)
Broadway: Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, Hamilton, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Dr. Zhivago, Memphis, Caroline, or Change, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam, Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Around the world, Paul has designed for The Metropolitan Opera, The Bolshoi Ballet, English National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, The Public Theater, The National Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera and many others. In 2016, he received a Tony for Hamilton and an Emmy for The Wiz Live! on NBC. His other honors include two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship and the Princess Grace Statue Award. BFA from NC School of the Arts and MFA from NYU.
ROB DENTON (Lighting Designer)
is thrilled to be back for his sixth season at The Muny. Select Muny designs include: 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Into the Woods, and Seussical. Other regional design credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals), A Christmas Carol and All the Way (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Erma Bombeck: At Wits End (Arena Stage), Sunset Baby and The Call (TheaterWorks), White Guy on the Bus (59E59), Because of Winn Dixie and The Explorers Club (Delaware Theatre Company), Children of Eden (The Kennedy Center), Blue Sky Boys (Capital Repertory Theatre), Die Fledermouse (New Orleans Opera), The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio). Upcoming lighting designs include: Carmen (Minnesota Opera), Daughter of the Regiment (Atlanta Opera). www.rdentex.com
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Designer)
Credits include: The Muny (2015 – 2017 seasons), Pretty Woman (in development), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Associate credits: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John has a gem of a daughter Ruby.
DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: The Muny – 2015 and 2016 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: Gigantic. International tours: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate sound design: Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life. David is a recipient of the Kevin Kline and Suzi Bass awards for Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical.
NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Video Designer)
is delighted to be back for another season. Past Muny designs include The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Holiday Inn, My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Seussical, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Nunsense, and Spamalot. NYC credits: Lord Tom (The York), Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), La Plage (Tom Gold Dance), and associate designer for Manilow on Broadway. Other tour/regional credits: After the Curtain (Shaping Sound), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep), Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared), Have You Met Miss Jones?; Fabulous Lipitones (New Theatre Restaurant). Nathan’s also designed for Selena Gomez, Alice Cooper, and Toby Keith as well as working with NYC Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and the Paris Opera Ballet. Proud member of USA 829.
LEAH J. LOUKAS (Wig Designer)
Muny: The Music Man, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn, Hairspray, My Fair Lady. Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, On The Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. Off-Broadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park series), Heathers: The Musical; Bare: The Musical; Carrie: The Musical; Tribes, Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre), Ever After, The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse), Baskerville (Arena Stage and McCarter Theater), The Second Mrs. Wilson (Long Wharf Theatre). Leah holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM (Theater Design and Production/Makeup and Wig Design).
MATTHEW LACEY (Production Stage Manager)
is thrilled to return to The Muny, having started here 20 years ago with Joseph…. Other favorites include: Beauty and the Beast and Muny premieres of The Little Mermaid, Hairspray and Les Misérables. Matt recently added the largest INDOOR theatre in the world to his credits, the 2016 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, An American in Paris, On the Twentieth Century, Motown the Musical, Ghost the Musical, Relatively Speaking, Arcadia, La Bête, A Little Night Music, Chicago, Urinetown. Tour: Flashdance the Musical. Off-Broadway: Johnny Guitar, Pete ‘n’ Keely, Mnemonic and Stomp. Six years with American Ballet Theatre. Matt is a graduate of The Conservatory at Webster University.