Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway musical Leap of Faith, starring the previously announced Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips, Kendra Kassebaum, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Krystal Joy Brown. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new musical begins performances April 3 at the St. James Theatre, with an opening night set for April 26.
The production will also feature Talon Ackerman as Jake Humes in addition to Hettie Barnhill, Kyle Brenn, Ta’Rea Campbell, Michelle Duffy, Lynorris Evans, Manoly Farrell, Dierdre Friel, Bob Gaynor, Lucia Giannetta, Angela Grovey, Louis Hobson, Tiffany Howard, Grasan Kingsberry, Maurice Murphy, Ian Paget, Terita Redd, Eliseo Roman, Bryce Ryness, Ann Sanders, C.E. Smith, Danny Stiles, Dennis Stowe, Betsy Struxness, Roberta Wall and Virginia Ann Woodruff.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Leap of Faith follows full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town. He quickly pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival. The town sheriff, Marla Humes (Phillips) is determined to stop him from separating the townspeople from their money.
Leap of Faith debuted at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre in 2010 with a production also starring Esparza and Kassebaum. The musical will feature choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) and music by Alan Menken (Sister Act, Newsies), lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid) and a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight.