Emily Skinner has been tapped to play diva mouse Adelaide in The Great American Mousical, a new musical at Goodspeed Musical’s Norma Terris Theatre. The production will be directed by Julie Andrews, who co-wrote the book the show is based on with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Andrews’ former husband Tony Walton will design the sets and costumes. The musical runs from November 8 through December 2 and will feature music and lyrics by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, choreography by Christopher Gattelli and a book by Hunter Bell.
In The Great American Mousical, a troupe of acting mice gather underneath the historic Sovereign Theatre to rehearse their new musical. When their theater is threatened by demolition and diva mouse Adelaide suddenly disappears, the mice band together to ensure that the show goes on.
Joining Skinner in the cast are Paul Carlin, Larry Cahn, Laura Jordan, Noah E. Galvin, Christian Delcroix, Alessa Neeck, Allie Schauer, Jeremiah James, Caesar Samayoa, David Beach, Matthew Bauman, Holly Ann Butler, Juliane Godfrey, Sean McGibbon and Richard Riaz Yoder.
Skinner is well-known to audiences for her performance alongside Alice Ripley as siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the musical Side Show, which earned both actresses Tony nominations. Skinner’s additional Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, Dinner at Eight, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead and Jekyll & Hyde.