The new musical adaptation of Sleepless in Seattle is coming to California’s Pasadena Playhouse, featuring a star-studded cast of Broadway vets! The previously announced production will be led by Tim Martin Gleason (The Phantom of the Opera) as Sam, Chandra Lee Schwartz (Wicked, Gypsy) as Annie and Joe West (A Christmas Story) as Jonah. Directed by Sheldon Epps, the world premiere musical will begin May 24, with an official opening on June 2. Sleepless in Seattle is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 23 at the Pasadena Playhouse.
In addition to Gleason, Schwartz and West, Sleepless in Seattle will star Sabrina Sloan (American Idol) as Becky, Todd Buonopane (30 Rock) as Rob, Robert Mammana (Les Miserables) as Walter, Cynthia Ferrer (General Hospital) as Eleanor/Ensemble, Katharine Leonard (Hairspray) as Victoria/Ensemble, Adam Silver (Californication) as Greg/Ensemble, Lowe Taylor (The Cradle Will Rock) as Suzy/Ensemble and Carter Thomas as the alternate for Jonah, as well as ensemble members Sachin Bhatt, Terron Brooks, Jay Donnell, Charissa Hogeland, Teye Patt and Yuka Takara.
Featuring a book by Jeff Arch, music by Ben Toth and lyrics by Sam Forman, Sleepless in Seattle is based on the 1993 film of the same name starring two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards nominee Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The musical tells the story of Sam (Gleason), a widower living in Seattle whose young son calls a radio talk show and convinces his father to talk about his grief. Women from all over the country are moved by his story, including a Baltimore newspaper reporter named Annie, who writes to Sam and suggests they meet at the top of the Empire State Building.
Sleepless in Seattle includes choreography by Spencer Liff, scenic design by John Iacovelli, lighting and projection design by Brian Gale, sound design by Carl Casella, costume design by Kate Bergh, music supervision by Larry Blank, musical direction by David O and orchestrations by Michael Starobin.
Can’t wait for the new musical to hit the stage? Click below to revisit the film’s iconic scene, when Sam (Hanks) and Annie (Ryan) meet for the first time!