They were interested in trying to create a world that wasn't specifically and only Chinese but that was an invented world of East and West, past and present, and that was where the idea of a truly multicultural cast came from."Local newcomer Nikki Castillo stars in the title role.The cast also features Broadway veterans Corbin Reid ("Sister Act"), Obie Award winner Eisa Davis ("Passing Strange"), Bobby Steggert ("110 in the Shade"), and Tony nominee Charlayne Woodard ("Ain't Misbehavin' "). Auditions were held in the spring in New York City and San Diego.(Organizers emphasize that this is a concert, not a fund-raising event with auctions, raffles etc.)“Make-A-Wish asked me to write a song for them, which is called ‘This Wish,’ and it’s a tribute to the foundation and Wish kids around the world,” says Scopoletti, who now lives in Stamford, Conn. As a student at Blind Brook High School (Class of ‘94), Scopoletti, played baseball, soccer and football, but he really excelled at basketball.He was at the point of snagging an athletic scholarship to college when a freak accident left him with a horribly broken leg.The theater already hosts an audience talkback after each performance of "The Nightingale.""It's really for and about pieces which are still in the process of discovering themselves, so 'Nightingale' is kind of the perfect example of what's great about our Page to Stage process," Ashley said."It's for discovery, for finding out what the piece is, for trial and error, for rewrites every day.The break, which ended his college basketball dreams, may have been a result of the heavy-duty radiation and chemotherapy he had as a 10-year-old with Hodgkin’s disease.
Participants will include Ashley, Cindy Cheung and Christine Toy Johnson of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, and Tara Rubin, the production's New York-based casting director.
"So when you're reinterpreting this tale, you can't depend on Hans Christian Andersen for cultural accuracy about China.
The creative team's interest was primarily in finding out, How is a kernel of that story really resonant for the world today?
This is a modern, progressive retelling of the epic, with rebellious, punk-rockish sensibilities." The show will be presented in Reynolds Theater March 30-April 9 and tickets are on sale throught the Duke box office.
For the second year in a row, singer-songwriter and two-time cancer survivor Charlie Scopoletti is getting a shot at playing the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.