Amazing Journey
 

Cast:

Giorgio Michael Cerveris
Clara Rebecca Luker
Fosca Judy Kuhn
Colonel Ricci John Leslie Wolfe
Doctor Tambourri Philip Goodwin
Lietenant Toroasso Daniel Felton
Sergeant Lombardi Bob McDonald
Lieutenant Barri Lawrence Redmond
Major Rizzoli Michael L. Forrest
Private Augenti Will Gartshore
Soldier Michael Sharp
Fosca's Mother Teresa Reid
Fosca's Father Stephen F. Schmidt
Ludovic Will Gartshore
Mistress Tracy Lynnn Olivera
Male Swing Michael Sharp
Understudy to Soldier Ty Hreben
Celebration Stage Manager Elaine M. Randolph
Stage Manager Ronnie Gunderson
Assistant Stage Manager Sandra Barrack
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Costume Design Anne Kennedy
Scenic Design Derek McLane
Lighting Design Howell Blinkley
Sound Design Tom Morse
Orchestrations Jonathan Tunick
Casting Tara Rubin Casting
General Manager Rebecca Foster
Hair Jeffrey Frank
Technical Director Neil Fleitell
Produced for Kennedy Center by Max Woodward
Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer
Music Supervisor Kay Cameron
Music Direction by Patrick Vaccariello
   




Based on the film Passion d'Amore

Michael Cerveris (Giorgio)
is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up. A trained actor and singer (Yale University) and self taught guitarist and songwriter, Mr. Cerveris' unique career has encompassed Broadway musicals, classical and contemporary drama, television series, films and international tours with rock icons. His last D.C. appearance was at the 9:30 Club as guitarist/vocalist on indie rock hero Bob Mould's (ex-Husker Du and Sugar) U.S./U.K. tour. More familar to this evening's audience (and only slightly quieter) may be his performance as the title character in the Who's Tommy, which he originated in its Broadway, world, and European premieres (Tony Award nomination Theater World Award, Original Cast album Grammy). He also starred in the Tony and Grammy Award winning Titanic on Broadway. In London's West End, he originated the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, also starring in it's New York and Los Angeles premiere (Garland Award, Drama-Logue nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square, and the Games with Meredith Monk and Ping Chong. Mr. Cerveris has appeared at the nation's leading regional theaters in such roles as Romeo, Mercutio, Puck, Crow in Shepard's Tooth of Crime, and Eastern Standard. Film credits include The Mexican with James Gandolfini and Julia Roberts, Strangers, Tokyo Pop, Rock and Roll High School Forever, and Paul Auster's Lulu On the Bridge. Television credits include starring roles on the American Embassy and Fame and guest appearances on CSI, The Equalizer, Dream On and The Tracey Ullman Show. Mr. Cerveris' recordings include BobMouldBand:LiveDog98 (Granary Music) and Hinterlands (www.retrievermusic.com) with his former band, Retriever. He sang with Pete Townshend on his Psychoderelict Tour and as Hedwig sang with Stone Temple Pilots and opened for Boy George and Culture Club at Radio City Music Hall New Year's Eve 1999. His current solo musical project is entitled hellbaby. Mr. Cerveris will perform his own music on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on August 18. His performance tonight is dedicated to his father Michael.


Judy Kuhn (Fosca) has been nominated for three Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards for her performances in the Roundabout's hit revival of She Loves Me and the American premieres of Chess and Les Miserables. Also on Broadway, she appeared in Richard Nelson's play Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theater), Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David, the Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF) and Rags (Drama Desk nomination). She created the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S. premiere of Sunset Boulevard and starred in the West End in Metropolis, for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. Other theater credits include Eli's Comin' at the Vineyard Theatre (Obie Award), the title role in The Ballad of Little Joe at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago (Jeff Award nomination), the Drama Dept's revival of As Thousands Cheer, Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), Strike Up the Band (Encores!), The Glass Menagerie (MacArter Theatre), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage) and Martha Clark's Endangered Species (BAM). She sang the title role in Disney's Pocahontas as well as in the sequal, Pocahontas: Journey to a New World. Television appearances include Law & Order, All My Children, The Secret Life of Mary Margaret, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, the Kennedy Center Honors, "The Les Miserables Tenth Anniversary Concert," and in Performance at the White House. Ms. Kuhn can be heard on numerous original cast recordings and on the solo album Just In Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jules Styne. She is a member of the Drama Dept. and the Vineyard Theatre Community of Artists. She will appear on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on August 12.

Rebecca Luker (Clara) appeared on Broadway as Marian in The Music Man (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critic's Circle nominations), Maria in the Sound of Music (Outer Critic's Circle nomination), Magnolia in Show Boat (Tony Award nomination), Lily in the Secret Garden (New York Drama Desk nomination), Christine in the Phantom of the Opera, Adriana in The Boy's from Syracuse, Fiona in Brigadoon and as a social worker in X-The Life and Times of Malcom X. Her television credits include Cupid and Cate, Matlock, An Evening with the Pops, Oscar Hammerstein Celebration, Rogers and Hart Celebration and Richard Rodgers Celebration. Regional theater credits include Mary in Harmony at La Jolla Playhouse (Drama-Logue Award), Julia in Time and Again at the Old Globe, Jane in Leave it to Jane at Goodspeed Opera House and Joanna in Sweeney Todd and Anne in A Little Night Music at Michigan Opera. She has performed in concert at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress, Town Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and with the Saint Louis Symphony. Ms. Luker can be heard on numerous recordings including Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter (Varese Sarabande), Unsung Sondheim (Varese Sarabande), Placido Domingo: the Broadway I Love (Atlantic) and Aria and Aria II (Profile). She is married to actor Danny Burnstein.

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