Catherine Walker to Take Over the Role of Phoebe D’ysquith in a Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE.
TO TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF
IN THE 2014 TONY AWARD®-WINNING BEST MUSICAL
“ A G E N T L E M A N ’ S G U I D E T O L O V E A N D M U R D E R ”
BEGINNING OCTOBER 28, 2014
TO PLAY HER FINAL PERFORMANCE ON
New York, NY (September 29, 2014) – It was announced today that Catherine Walker will take over the role of ‘Phoebe D’Ysquith’ in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical, beginning Tuesday, October 28. Ms. Walker is part of the original cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder as ‘Miss Barley’, as well as understudy for the role she is about to assume. Sandra DeNise will be joining the company to take over Ms. Walker’s current role. Lauren Worsham will play her final performance as ‘Phoebe’ on Sunday, October 26.
Ms. Walker is an original cast member of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She made her Broadway debut with the original cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s hit musical Mary Poppins, understudying the title role, and became Broadway’s second ‘Mary,’ flying over the heads of Broadway audiences for over 100 performances. She left that production to join the original cast of the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Ragtime. She returned to her hometown in Lancaster County as ‘Maria’ in The Sound of Music at The Fulton Theatre during the 2011 holiday season. She has appeared on the stage of The Maltz-Jupiter Theater in Florida as ‘Hope’ in Anything Goes as well as reprising her turn as ‘Maria’ in The Sound of Music , for which she received the prestigious Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a musical in 2011. She also played the title role in the musical, Gypsy, the premiere production of the new Northshore Music Theatre. Ms. Walker has appeared in leading roles in productions of Maury Yeston’s Phantom (‘Christine’), Carousel (‘Julie Jordan’), Show Boat (‘Magnolia’) and Brigadoon (‘Fiona’). She appeared with major symphony orchestras in tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz and has performed on the 2007 “Tony Awards,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon. Catherine received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ms. DeNise comes to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder directly from the Original Broadway cast of another Tony Award® winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots. She was also an original member of the 1st National Equity tours of Jersey Boys, Hairspray (‘Penny’), Shrek, Parade, and Saturday Night Fever.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way (each played by Tony winner Jefferson Mays in what The New York Times calls “the year’s greatest musical theater performance”). All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman’s Guide restores our faith in musical comedy” and The New York Times cheers, “It will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.”
Tickets, priced from $42-$152, are on sale via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200 / (800) 447-7400. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Walter Kerr Box Office (219 W. 48th Street).
The performance schedule for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM, with 2:00 PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak,. Darko Tresnjak directs and Peggy Hickey choreographs.
The design team for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projections Design), and Charles LaPointe (Wig Design). Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick and Vocal Arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak. Paul Staroba serves as Music Director.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick and Robert Greenblatt, in association with The Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre.