Playbill - 25 January 2007
By Ernio Hernandez
S-U-P-E-R-C-A-L-I-F-R...: Julie Andrews Will Guest at Spelling Bee for Kids' Night
Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton (the National Ambassadors for Kids' Night on Broadway) will appear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Jan. 30.
To celebrate the 2007 Kids' Night on Broadway — slated for Jan. 30 and 31 — Andrews and daughter will be onstage as guest spellers for the 7 PM performance.
Directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) and created by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman, Bee plays at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Spelling Bee was based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play created by Feldman and the comedy troupe The Farm. Composer-lyricist Finn provides the score to the musical incarnation with a book by librettist Sheinkin.
Original cast members Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana and Sarah Saltzberg are now joined by Barrett Foa, Josh Gad, Greg Stuhr and Jessica Snow Wilson in the current cast.
The musical earned six Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler) and Featured Actress (Celia Keenan Bolger) as well as a nomination for the top prize of Best Musical. Fogler and book writer Sheinkin took home awards for their work.
Spelling Bee, in its second year on the Broadway boards, has already played stints in San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta and currently enjoys an open-ended run at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place as well as a national tour.
For more information on the musical, visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com.
Kids' Night on Broadway takes place Jan. 30 and 31. On those days, kids age six to eighteen can attend a participating Broadway or Off-Broadway show for free if they come with a paying adult. For more information call 1-888-Broadway or visit www.KidsNightOnBroadway.com.