The Burnt Part Boys announces full cast




Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre have announced complete casting for their co-production of the New York premiere of the new musical The Burnt Part Boys, oopen at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre on 25 May 2010, following previews from 30 Apr and run through to 13 Jun 2010.

Directed by Joe Calarco, the case will feature Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, , Steve French, Noah Galvin, Michael Park, Jack Snyder, Molly Ranson and Randy Redd and Asa Somers.

Set in West Virginia in 1962. The Burnt Part Boys follows a group of teenagers whose fathers were killed ten years earlier in a tragic coal mining accident. When they learn that the mine will be reopened, they set out secretly in the hopes of seeing the site, and keeping it closed. The production will feature scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto, lighting design by Chris Lee and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

After an initial developmental production at Barrington Stage Company in 2006, The Burnt Part Boys has had an innovative production and development schedule on the way to its Off-Broadway premiere. Following a developmental Lab Production at Vineyard Theatre in spring 2009, the musical was presented last summer at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The Off-Broadway premiere is a co-production between Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre. The 2010 debut of The Burnt Part Boys marks the first time that the two award-winning theaters, Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre, have co-produced together.

Cast bios: Charlie Brady (Jake) made his Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater production of 'South Pacific.' National tours: 'Les Miserables,' 'Mamma Mia!' Regional: Barrington Stage Company (The Burnt Part Boys, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick), North Shore Music Theater (Les Miserables), St. Louis Muny (Miss Saigon), Moonlight Amphitheater (The Music Man). He was a series regular on the TV show "Kids Incorporated." Al Calderon (Pete) made his Broadway debut as 'Eddie' in the Jason Robert Brown musical '13'. He performed the role of 'Patrick' in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2007, also appearing in the role on television. Regional: 'Grease,''Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Sound of Music' and '13.' Andrew Durand (Chet) recently appeared in the Off-Broadway premiere of the musical 'Yank!' at The York. He made his Broadway debut as 'Georg' and understudying 'Moritz' in Spring Awakening. He is a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory, BFA musical theatre.

Steve French (Roy Tinns). New York: 'Manifesto' (Second Stage); 'Still the River Runs,' P'rofessional Skepticism' (Zootopia). Regional: 'Avenue X '(Alliance Theatre); 'Camelot,' 'Big River' (Goodspeed Musicals); 'Othello,' 'A Christmas Carol' (Hartford Stage Company); 'A Moon for the Misbegotten,' 'The Mystery of Irma Vep' (Long Wharf).

Noah Galvin (Dusty) originated the role of 'Billy' in 'Ace' (Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati) for which he won a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Galvin also originated the role of 'Jamie' in Cirque du Soleil's 'Wintuk' at Madison Square Garden. National tour: 'Les Miserables' (Gavroche). Regional: 'The Who's Tommy' (Bay Street Theatre).

Michael Park (Dad) has earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for his long-running role as detective Jack Snyder on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns." His Broadway credits include the original company of 'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' 'Little Me' and as standby for 'Billy Bigelow' in 'Carousel' at Lincoln Center. He most recently starred opposite Christine Ebersole in the Encores! production of 'Applause.' Off-Broadway credits include 'Violet' at Playwrights Horizons, 'Hello Again' at Lincoln Center and' Milk and Honey' at AJT.

Molly Ranson (Frances). Broadway/London: 'Jean' in 'August: Osage County' (2009 Olivier Award nomination, Best Company Performance). Recent graduate of LaGuardia Arts 'High School: Mother in Ragtime,' 'Moll in The Cradle Will Rock.' She had the distinction of playing the title role in the recent workshop of the notorious musical 'Carrie.'

Randy Redd (Miner Boggs). Broadway: 'Ring of Fire,' 'Parade '(Lincoln Center and national tour). Other credits include 'Some Men' (Second Stage), 'Lucky Stiff' (York), 'Smoke on the Mountain' (Lambs), 'Pump Boys' and 'Dinettes' (20th Anniversary) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'By Jeeves' (Kennedy Center). Film: "Kinsey" and "After the Storm." Asa Somers (Miner Taylor) originated the role of 'Doctor Madden' in the Second Stage production of "Next to Normal" and recently joined the Broadway production. Other Broadway: "Grey Gardens," "Taboo," "Dance of the Vampires," "The Rocky Horror Show." Off-Broadway: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (title role), "Once Around the Sun." Regional includes "The Man in the White Suit" (NY Stage &Film) and "Hair" (TUTS Houston).