Full casting announced for DCPA's 'The 12,' 'One Night in Miami'

From left: Richard Seyd, Terence Archie, Jeannette Bayardelle, Tony Vincent, Colin Hanlon and Anthony Fedorov.
From left: Richard Seyd, Terence Archie, Jeannette Bayardelle, Tony Vincent, Colin Hanlon and Anthony Fedorov.

The 12Today, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced full casting for the Theatre Company’s upcoming world premiere of The 12, a new rock musical with book and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer Award winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way), and music and lyrics by Neil Berg (Grumpy Old Men).

The cast includes Terence Archie (John), Mike Backes (Swing), Jeannette Bayardelle (Mother Mary), Anthony Fedorov (Andrew), Colby Foytik (Jimmy), Colin Hanlon (Pete), Jordan Leigh (Matt), Andrew Mayer (Bart), Christina Sajous (Mary Magdalene), Maximilian Sangerman (Thad), Heath Saunders (Swing), Jordan Barbour (James), Brad Standley (Phil), Gregory Treco (Simon), Tony Vincent (Tom), and Erin Willis (Swing). 

Archie appeared on Broadway in Rocky; Bayardelle in Hair and The Color Purple; Sajous appeared in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and American Idiot; Fedorov is an American Idol Season 4 finalist and appeared on Broadway in Rent;  Hanlon has appeared in Rent, Wicked, Modern Family and Submissions Only; and Vincent appeared on The Voice, American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar and We Will Rock You.

Leigh is currently appearing in the DCPA’s Forbidden Broadway through March 1 at the Garner Galleria Theatre. Erin Willis, a swing in The 12, appeared in the Theatre Company’s recent production of A Christmas Carol.

The director will be veteran Richard Seyd, joined by Connor Gallagher (Choreographer), Michael Mancini (Music Director), Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Music Supervisor), John Iacovelli (Scenic Designer), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Designer), Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Designer) and Zach Williamson (Sound Designer).

Seyd is a Los Angeles-based director whose most recent work includes Noises Off by Michael Frayn at La Mirada Theater, and By the Waters of Babylon, also written by The 12‘s Schenkkan, at the Geffen Playhouse.

The 12, set to an original, authentic classic rock music score, follows the disciples as they face the ultimate test of faith in the wake of their leader’s unthinkable death. The world premiere will begin performances on March 27 and run through April 26 in the Stage Theatre.

“The score of The 12, while totally original, is my open love letter to many of the great genres in the history of classic rock and roll, and can only be tackled by powerful, authentic voices,” said Berg, the composer. “We are thrilled with the cast we have assembled so far and cannot wait to bring this unique musical to Denver.”

The new musical is described as “thrilling, heart-pounding music – and one of the most influential stories of all time.” Broadwayworld.com calls the show “a powerful rock and roll experience that rises up from where Jesus Christ Superstar ends.”

“(DCPA Producing Artistic Director) Kent Thompson and I have long discussed working together and I am delighted to see that dream realized in this world premiere production of The 12,” said Schenkaan. “I’m a huge fan of the Theater Company. They do extraordinary work for an audience which is both sophisticated and enthusiastic, and Neil and I are thrilled to be joining them this season.”

The 12 Performance schedule:

  • Opens for previews March 27. Opening night April 3. Runs through April 26
  • Performances 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; plus 1:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.
  •  Tickets may be purchased online at www.denvercenter.org, by phone at 303-893-4100 or at Denver Center Ticket Services in the lobby of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex. No children under 4 admitted.

Our previous coverage of The 12:
Final offering of Theatre Company season: Rock musical ‘The 12’


One Night In Miami
 
One Night in Miami...The cast list was also released for the DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami. The director is Carl Cofield.

One Night in Miami is a slice-of-life dramedy that imagines what occurred the night boxer Cassius Clay spent with activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown after Clay’s historic win over heavyweight champ Sonny Liston in 1964. DCPA audiences will remember Wiliam Oliver Watkins from Ruined and Jackie & Me.

CAST (in order of appearance):
Sam Cooke: Nik Walker
Jamal: York Walker
Kareem: William Oliver Watkins
Malcolm X: Jason Delane
Cassius Clay: Colby Lewis
Jim Brown: Morocco Omari
 
SCENIC DESIGN: Lisa Orzolek
COSTUME DESIGN: Meghan Anderson Doyle
LIGHTING DESIGN: Charles R. MacLeod
SOUND DESIGN: Tyler Nelson
DRAMATURG: Douglas Langworthy
VOICE AND DIALECT COACH: Kathryn G. Maes Ph.D
CASTING: Elissa Myers Casting / Paul Foquet, CSA
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION: Jeff Gifford
STAGE MANAGER: Rachel Ducat

One Night in Miami performance schedule:

  • Opens for previews March 20. Opening night March 27. Runs through April 19
  • Performances 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; plus 1:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.
  •  Tickets may be purchased online at www.denvercenter.org, by phone at 303-893-4100 or at Denver Center Ticket Services in the lobby of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex. No children under 4 admitted.

Our previous coverage of One Night in Miami:
Video: Denver gets first look at upcoming ‘One Night in Miami’
New Denver Center season includes ‘One Night in Miami’