Julia Lester, John-Michael Lyles, More Join Sierra Boggess in THE SECRET GARDEN

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Julia Lester and John-Michael Lyles | Photos: Michaelah Reynolds and Rebecca J Michelson

Dan Meyer
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January 10, 2023 2:07 PM

Two of Broadway’s brightest emerging stars are heading to the West Coast. Into the Woods breakout Julia Lester and A Strange Loop Thought John-Michael Lyles have joined The Secret Garden in Los Angeles, starring Sierra Boggess as Lily Craven.

Lester will play the young and spunky housemaid of Misselthwaite Manor, Martha, while Lyles is Dickon, the imaginative and caring brother of Martha. The cast will also feature Sadie Brickman Reynolds as Mary Lennox, Derrick Davis as Archibald Craven, Ali Ewoldt as Rose Lennox, and Aaron Lazar as Dr. Neville Craven.

The Secret Garden will play at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, with previews staring February 19 ahead of a February 26 opening night.

Rounding out the cast are Terron Brooks, Mark Capri, Peyton Crim, Randi De Marco, Susan Denaker, Kelley Dorney, William Foon, Ava Madison Gray, John Krause, Reese Levine, Sam Linkowski, Yamuna Meleth, Cassandra Marie Murphy, Ariel Neydavoud, James Olivas, Kyla Jordan Stone, and Vishal Vaidya.

This Center Theatre Group production of the musical features an updated book by Marsha Norman to complement Lucy Simon’s beloved score, all inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s eponymous novel. The story follows the young and orphaned Mary Lennox as she's sent from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle on his haunted English country estate.

“When the creative team came to us with the opportunity to produce this long-awaited revival, we jumped at the chance,” says Center Theatre Group Producing Director Douglas C. Baker. “The Secret Garden is one of those shows that audiences have been longing to see again in a new production… [it] will bring a whole new generation to the theatre.”

Tony winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this new staging, with music supervision and additional orchestrations by Rob Berman, orchestrations by Danny Troob, music direction by Dan Redfeld, set design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Ken Billington and Brian Monahan, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, and wig and makeup design by Victoria Tinsman. Casting is by  Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris, and David Franklin is the production stage manager.

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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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