Kate Rockwell and Hunter Foster Will Star in THE GRISWOLDS’ BROADWAY VACATION

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Kate Rockwell and Hunter Foster | Photos: Kayleen Bertrand, Gary Gershoff/Getty

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July 12, 2022 2:06 PM
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Kate Rockwell and Hunter Foster are hitting the road this summer. The stage favorites will play Ellen and Clark Griswold in The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation when it has its world premiere at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Performances are set to begin September 10.

Rockwell was last seen on Broadway in another screen-to-stage adaptation: as Karen in Mean Girls. Hunter, who scored a Tony nomination for his work as Seymour in the 2003 Little Shop of Horrors revival, most recently played Bud in The Bridges of Madison County on the Main Stem.

The musical features a book, music, and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steven Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen) and is directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, who recently helmed Seattle Rep’s world premiere production of Bruce. It will follow the Griswolds on a trip to NYC,  presumably including a night out at a Broadway show. More details surrounding the plot have not been revealed, but suffice to say probably nothing will go as planned for this family of misfits.

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation will also feature Jay Klaitz as Cousin Eddie, Livvy Marcus as Audrey, Alan Green as Naked Commando, and Nathan Levy as Rusty. The ensemble includes Carol Angeli, Sydni Beaudoin, Sarah Bishop, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Jennifer Cody, Merritt David Janes, Julian DeGuzman, Rohit Gopal, Olivia Griffin, Garett Hawe, Jaygee Macapugay, Heather Makalani, Jennifer Noble, Michael Olaribigbe, Julio Rey, Jody Reynard, Matthew Sims, Jr., Jonathan Wagner, and Brandon Whitmore.

Serving on the production team are scenic designer Jason Sherwood, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Kai Harada, costume designer Tina McCartney, music supervisor Greg Anthony Rassen, music arranger Glen Kelly, and hair and wig designer Liz Printz. The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation is produced in association with Ken Davenport and Sandi Moran.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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