A Tale of Two Cities Warren Carlyle to direct and choreograph

Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the Broadway production of the musical, A Tale of Two Cities, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, featuring book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello, opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 18 Sep 2008, following previews from 19 Aug 2008.

Warren Carlyle choreographed the musicals world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, where it ran from 13 Oct - 18 Oct 2008. That production was directed by Michael Donald Edwards, the Asolo Repertory Theatre's artistic director.

A Tale of Two Cities: When Dr. Manette is released from the French Bastille after 17 years, he must be resurrected from the brink of madness by his daughter, Lucie. In England they meet two very different men: the exiled French aristocrat, Charles Darnay, whom Lucie marries, and the drunken cynic, Sydney Carton. Soon family secrets and political intrigue combine to draw Lucie and her family back to Paris. At the height of the Reign of Terror, the musical finds an unlikely hero in Carton.

The world premiere production featured James Barbour, Craig Bennett, Joe Cassidy, Kevin Greene, Tim Hartman, Michael Hayward-Jones, Alex Howley, Derek Keeling, Jay Lusteck, Bruce Merkle, Katherine McGrath, Les Minski, Catherine Missal, Walter Winston O'neil, Rob Richardson, Rebecca Robbins, Jessica Rush, Alex Santoriello, Wayne Schroder, Owen Teague, Natalie Toro and Nick Wyman.

No cast has been announced, though it is expected that members of the original Florida production will be invited to recreate their roles for Broadway.

The musical is designed by Tony Walton (scenery), David Zinn (costumes), Richard Pilbrow (lights) and, Carl Casella and Domonic Sack (sound).

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