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Cast of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown announced

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The York Theatre Company, in association with Van Dean and Sister Productions, has announced the complete cast of its upcoming revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, directed by Michael Unger, which begins previews at Saint Peter's Church on 24 May 2016, before an official opening on 2 June and a limited engagement through to 26 June 2016.

The cast includes Joshua Colley (Charlie Brown), Gregory Diaz (Schroeder), Aidan Gemme (Snoopy), Milly Shapiro (Sally), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Lucy), and Jeremy T. Villas (Linus). Also, <>Graydon Peter Yosowitz will be filling in as Charlie Brown from 1 to 7 June 2016.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown features a book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, with additional material by Andrew Lippa, and is based on the comic strip 'Peanuts' by Charles M. Schulz. For this production, Eric Svejcar will serve as music director.

Synopsis: "Children of all ages will learn that 'Happiness is' the simple joy of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and the familiar characters of the Peanuts gang: good ol' Charlie Brown, long-suffering but ever-lovable; piano-playing Schroeder, aloof and existential; blanket-dependent Linus; Lucy, bossy and dangerous when allowed near a football; Sally, the pouty little pragmatist; the crush-worthy (albeit offstage) Little Red-Headed Girl; and, of course, the huggable, hungry beagle Snoopy."

The creative team has also been announced and features choreography by Jennifer Paulson-Lee, scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Grier Coleman, lighting design by Graham Kindred, and props design by Daniel Logan.

Producing Artistic Director at The York Theatre Company James Morgan previously commented:

"This production is based on a concert that was presented at Feinstein's/54 Below by Van Dean of Broadway Records and Jennifer Tepper. In that concert, there were kids from Matilda, Evita, Finding Neverland, Newsies-- many of whom will be a part of this production. The York Theatre Company, along with our associate producers, is in the process of putting together a cast of young professional children for this exciting new production which will combine the toy-piano simplicity of the original 1967 off-Broadway version with additions from the 1999 Broadway revival."
The musical comedy originally premiered off-Broadway in 1967 at Theatre 80 in the East Village, where it played until 1971. It then transferred to Broadway's John Golden Theatre in May 1971, but only lasted for a total of 15 previews and 32 regular performances. It's West End premiere previously played at London's Fortune Theatre for a total of 116 performances. The 1999 Broadway revival at the Ambassador Theatre earned both Kristen Chenoweth and Roger Bart Tony Awards for their performances as Sally and Snoopy, respectively. The production was also nominated for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Michael Mayer.

- by Tom Millward

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