Casting and creative teams announced for 2022 season at Theatre Aspen

Theatre Aspen (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) announced today the complete casts and creative teams for the company’s 39th Season, which includes the Tony Award-winning musicals Gypsy and Jersey Boys on the mainstage, as well as the summer Cabaret Series at Hotel Jerome and additional programming and special events for the summer. This season, loaded with talent from Broadway, national tours, and training programs from across the country, promises to provide one not-to-be-missed event after another. The 2022 Theatre Aspen mainstage season runs June 27th through August 23rd at the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park.

A limited number of Season passes, which enable audience members to enjoy all summer mainstage productions with special benefits, are still available and on sale until June 20th or when they sell-out. Single tickets are now available for purchase online.

“2022 will be our most artistically ambitious season yet. The caliber of talent, both on stage and off, is higher than ever and with so many different productions and special events, we hope to engage more members of our community than ever before,” said Jed Bernstein, Producing Director of Theatre Aspen. 

The cast of Gypsy (June 27 – July 23) is led by Cassondra James (Broadway’s Once On This Island) as the fabled Momma Rose, Harry Bouvy (Wicked National Tour) as Herbie, and Shea Gomez (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, National/International Tour) as Louise, who are joined by Mike Backes (A Bronx Tale & Jersey Boys National Tours), Kayla Goins (NBC’s “Annie Live!”), Keith Lee Grant (Broadway’s Marie Christine), Marissa Medina (“Chicago Med”), Michael Rios (Newsies National Tour & Film), Abby C. Smith (Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants), Laura Stracko (Broadway & Netflix’s Diana), and Jayke Workman (Broadway’s Chicago).

The creative team for Gypsy features direction by Hannah Ryan (Resident director of Hamilton), music direction by Andy Einhorn (Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!), and choreography by Hollie Wright (Broadway’s Hot Feet & The Color Purple National Tour), who are joined by Drama Desk Award nominee Brittany Vasta (Scenic Design), Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design), Andrea Allmond (Sound Design), Dee Graham (Costume Design), and Brittany Hartman (Wig and Make-up Design).

The cast of Jersey Boys (August 1-23) is led by Trevor James (“WeCrashed” & “Prodigal Son”) as Frankie Valli, Nick Bernardi (“Chicago Fire”) as Tommy DeVito, Jason Michael Evans (Anastasia National Tour) as Nick Massi, and Alex Ross (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) as Bob Guadio, who are joined by Mike Backes (A Bronx Tale & Jersey Boys National Tours), Nicolas Fernandez (Jersey Boys National Tour), Shea Gomez (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, National/International Tour), Ana Marcu (90210! The Musical), Marissa Medina (“Chicago Med”), Alex Nicholson (We The People National Tour), and Jayke Workman (Broadway’s Chicago).

The creative team for Jersey Boys features direction by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors) in his fifth consecutive summer at Theatre Aspen, choreography by Ray Mercer (Broadway’s The Lion King) who returns after a stint as director of the 2021 Theatre Aspen Holiday Cabaret Series, and music direction by Eric Alsford who returns for his 8th year with Theatre Aspen, and are joined by Seth Howard (Scenic Design), Drama Desk Award nominee Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design), Jeff Sherwood (Sound Design), Lauren Roark (Costume Design), and Siobian Jones (Wig and Make-up Design).

Additionally, Theatre Aspen Education’s Summer student productions will include Twelfth Night (July 7 – July 9) directed by Vanessa Strahan with Assistant Director / Stage Manager Jess Mount, James and the Giant Peach Jr. (July 21 – 23) directed by Abbie O’Donnell with Music Director Christina Wenning, and Bright Star (August 4th – 6th) directed by Robbie Simpson, Music Director Christina Wenning, and choreographed by Jess Mount.

Complementing this year’s main-stage presentations, the season will also feature several special events throughout the summer, including a Season Sneak Peek on Monday, June 20 at the Hurst Theatre; the return of the popular Theatre Aspen Cabaret Series at Hotel Jerome, dates include July 10August 7, and August 14; in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival, a two-night-only presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music: In Concert on Monday, July 25 & Tuesday, July 26 in the Benedict Music Tent; and Solo Flights, 3rd annual new works festival September 10 – 15, on the Hurst Theatre stage.

All mainstage productions take place in the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park and will be underwritten with the generous support of season sponsors ANB Bank, The Sturm Family – Melanie Sturm and Marc Zachary, Altec/Styslinger Foundation, Darlynn and Tom Fellman, Jim and Brenda Grusecki, Soledad and Bob Hurst, Nancy Wall and Chuck Wall, and Anonymous. Jersey Boys will benefit from additional support from Jeff Grinspoon and Jon Foley, and Charlene and Michael Freedland.

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