Casting Complete for HERCULES at Paper Mill Playhouse With Tiffany Mann, Rashidra Scott, More


Tiffany Mann and Rashidra Scott | Photos: Rebecca J Michelson and Kayleen Bertrand

Dan Meyer
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January 12, 2023 9:37 AM

Hit us with a hallelu! Casting is now complete for Hercules at Paper Mill Playhouse, with several popular Broadway alums joining the ensemble. The popular quintet that comprise the Muses will be Charity Angél Dawson as Clio, Tiffany Mann as Calliope, Anastacia McCleskey as Thalia, Destinee Rea as Terpsichore, and Rashidra Scott as Melpomene.

The cast of Hercules will also feature Jeff Blumenkrantz as Panic opposite Reggie De Leon as Pain, alongside Kathryn Allison as Despina, Allyson Kaye Daniel as Aunt Tithesis/Lachesis, Lucia Giannetta as Atropos, Jesse Nager as Nessus, Kristen Faith Oei as Hera, Dennis Stowe as Zeus, and Anne Fraser Thomas as Clotho.

They join previously announced stars Bradley Gibson as Hercules and Isabelle McCalla as Meg, along with Tony winners James Monroe Iglehart as Phil and Shuler Hensley as Hades.

Rounding out the ensemble are Joshua Buscher, Marcus Cobb, Zachary Downer, Ryan Fitzgerald, Kendall LeShanti, Chani Maisonet, Skye Mattox, Jason W. McCollum, Erin Moore, JJ Niemann, Gabrielle Reid, Adam Roberts, Ben Roseberry, Christine Shepard, Chiara Trentalange, and Lamont Walker II.

Hercules begins performances February 16 ahead of an opening night on March 1 at the New Jersey venue. Lear deBessonet will again direct the musical, having led the 2019 world premiere by The Public Theater at the Delacorte in NYC’s Central Park. Based on the 1998 animated film, the show features an expanded score by Alan Menken and David Zippel, with a book by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Robert Horn.

The music is supervised by Michael Kosarin and choreography is by Chase Brock and Tanisha Scott. with orchestrations by Danny Troob and Joseph Joubert, dance music arrangements by Mark Hummel, and music direction by Ted Arthur.

Serving on the design team are scenic designer Dane Laffrey, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Kai Harada, puppet designer-director James Ortiz, hair and wig designer Mia M. Neal, and special effects designer Jeremy Chernick. Holly Coombs is the production stage manager and casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.

The 2022-2023 Paper Mill season kicked off with On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, starring Bad Cinderella’s Linedy Genao. It continued with The Sound of Music, and following Hercules will be Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Rent.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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