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News (Calgary): Beaches The Musical Casting Announcement – Theatre Calgary

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News (Calgary): Beaches The Musical Casting Announcement – Theatre Calgary

Theatre Calgary is thrilled to announce the casting of our two leads for the world premiere of Beaches The Musical. Kelli Barrett (FX TV’s “Fosse/Verdon”, Broadway’s Dr. Zhivago) and Jessica Vosk (Wicked), will take on the iconic roles of Bertie White and Cee Cee Bloom, respectively.

A new musical based on the best-selling novel by Iris Rainer Dart, which was made into the blockbuster film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter, sorrow, and love.

More about Beaches The Musical
Based on the NY Times best-seller by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches features music by Grammy Award-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mike Stoller, lyrics by Dart, book by Dart & Thom Thomas, developed in collaboration with David Austin. Joseph Thalken serves as Music Supervisor with Katie Coleman as Music Director and Charlie Rosen as Orchestrator. The show is directed by Emmy-winning and Tony Award Nominee Lonny Price (Broadway’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Theatre Calgary’s The Louder We Get) and co-directed by Matt Cowart (Theatre Calgary’s The Louder We Get) with choreography by Jennifer Rias. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, Peter Van Dam, CSA.

Produced by Theatre Calgary, with Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso, Douglas McJannet for Arden Entertainment, Alison Spiriti for Right Angle Entertainment and Broadway & Beyond (Tracey McFarland, Ryan Bogner, Victoria Lang).

This production is generously supported by the Al Osten & Buddy Victor Legacy Fund.

The full cast and the creative team for Beaches the Musical will be announced shortly.

Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.

Meet the two leads of Beaches: The Musical!

Kelli Barrett as ‘Bertie White’

KELLI BARRETT (Bertie) has had principal roles in six different Broadway shows including last year’s Tony-winning revival of Parade(Mrs. Phagan). Other Broadway credits include Wicked (Nessarose), Dr. Zhivago (Lara Guishar), The Royal Family (Gwen Cavendish), Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Dani Franco) and Baby It’s You (Mary-Jane Greenberg). She’s starred in over 30 major television shows and feature films including recurring roles on Netflix’s The Punisher (Maria Castle), FX’s Emmy/Golden Globe-winning series Fosse/Verdon (Liza Minnelli), CW’s Dynasty (Nadia), Paramount’s Younger (Kamila), the musical version of Emma (Emma), and NBC’s Chicago Fire (Reneé Whaley).

Off-Broadway she originated the leads in Rock of Ages (Sherrie Christian) and On Your Toes (Frankie Frayne). Her favorite role to date was playing “Eliza Doolittle” in the Michael Arden-directed Bay Street production of My Fair Lady. She’s also a published author, director, Master Certified Life Coach, and Partner/Creative Director for Full Circle Artists agency. When she’s not traveling the globe with her husband (Tony Nominee Jarrod Spector) performing their award-winning cabarets, building shows for Full Circle, or working with clients, you can find her at a poker table. Seventeen years ago Stafford Arima gave Kelli her Equity card and Beaches has always been Jarrod’s nickname for her so this whole thing feels truly kismet. For J, always.

Jessica Vosk as ‘Cee Cee Bloom’

JESSICA VOSK (Cee Cee) has newly created the character of ‘LUTE’ in the highly-anticipated animated series HAZBIN HOTEL, debuting on Amazon Prime Video at #2 globally. This summer, she will star as ‘JENNA’ in Sarah Bareilles’ Waitress at the MUNY, having captivated audiences there last summer as ‘FLORENCE VASSY’ in Chess. She was previously seen starring in the Atlantic Theatre’s production of The Bedwetter, based on the best-selling memoir by Sarah Silverman. She’s played the famed Carnegie Hall twice in one season, with Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration, after her sold-out solo concert debut there in 2021. You can also catch her back at the famed hall this December, as she headlines with the New York Pops for Christmas.

Jessica is an accomplished concert artist, having completed her first 20-city solo concert tour last year. Favorite roles of note: ‘THE NARRATOR’ in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center and at MUNY, creating the role of ‘AUNT VAL’ in the Broadway-bound world premiere of Becoming Nancy; and re-creating the role of ‘FRUMA SARAH’ in theFiddler on the Roof revival. Notably, Vosk had an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, including the 15th anniversary production. Other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. Vosk’s two albums, Wild and Free and A Very Coco Christmas, debuted on the Billboard and iTunes Charts; she also has a Grammy nod for her work with the San Francisco Symphony. Having started with a career in finance, her one-of-a-kind story has been covered by ABC’s 20/20 and NBC Nightly News, and she has begun recording two new albums this year. Follow along for upcoming news: @jessicavosk.

The timeless story of friendship.

Beaches: The Musical
Book by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas
Music by Mike Stoller
Lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart
Based on the novel Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
Developed in collaboration with David Austin
Directed by Lonny Price and Matt Cowart

May 18 – June 16, 2024
Max Bell Theatre (Arts Commons)

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