Saint Paul— The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the cast of Behind the Curtain: “Ever After” in Concert, Oct. 6-7.
This event will kick off the Ordway’s 2023-2024 season and give audiences an exclusive look at the latest songs from a musical in development, “Ever After,” based on the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore.
“It’s a rare opportunity for theater lovers to experience the songs of a musical in development, and the Ordway is thrilled to be able to present it,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “We believe that ‘Ever After’ will one day be a hit musical, and Ordway audiences will always be able to say they were among the first to be a part of it.”
The cast of singers includes stars of stages and screen. Erika Henningsen, who originated the starring role of Cady Heron in the hit musical, “Mean Girls,” will portray Danielle de Barbarac in the concert event. Jason Gotay, who starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” and Rafa Caparros in HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” reboot, will portray Henry. David Garrison, best known as Steve Rhoades on “Married With Children,” will portray Leonardo da Vinci.
During this special concert event, the music will take audiences through the story of Danielle de Barbarac as she risks everything to save a friend from an unjust fate, capturing the heart and imagination of a country along the way. With the help of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, Danielle must decide who she is, what she’ll fight for, and how far she’ll go for love.
The concert will include music by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, and direction by Marlo Hunter. The musical in development features a book by Kate Wetherhead. In addition to a cast of four Broadway singers, the show will also include comments from members of the creative team and music from a local 14-piece orchestra and the three-time Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness, a vocal and instrumental ensemble based in the Twin Cities. There will also be post-show talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team.