NINE At The Kennedy Center To Be Directed By Andy Blankenbuehler - Casting Announced

Washington D.C.

Carolee Carmello, Steven Pasquale, Lesli Margherita

Alex Mecklosky
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May 22, 2024 10:30 AM

9/9 casting! The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree and three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler will direct and choreograph the upcoming Broadway Center Stage production of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s landmark Tony Award–winning musical Nine. Running August 2nd–11th, 2024 in the Eisenhower Theater.

The production will star Steven Pasquale as Guido Contini, Shereen Ahmed as Claudia, three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Liliane La Fleur, Sasha Hutchings as Our Lady of the Spa, Lesli Margherita as Saraghina, Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Guido’s Mother, Jen Sese as Stephanie Necrophorus, Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Stanley  as Luisa Contini, and Michelle Veintimilla  as Carla Albanese.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Kennedy Center, where I’ve been blessed to have made so many amazing creative memories,” said Andy Blankenbuehler. “Working on Nine has long been a dream of mine. Theater lovers all know how glorious these songs will sound with this unbelievable cast of actors, but I’m also very excited to bring this deeply complicated and rich story of love, creativity, and acceptance to life through dance. With Maury Yeston’s unbelievable score, anything is possible.”

Based on the groundbreaking, Academy Award®–winning Federico Fellini film 8 ½, Nine takes it up (half) a notch by putting Fellini’s semi-autobiographical story to music. Famed director Guido Contini (Pasquale), suffering from “director’s block” on his latest film and from a strained marriage to the neglected Luisa (Stanley), retreats into his mind, where a parade of women—lovers past and present—bombard his senses and throw reality into question. Suffused with a haunting score by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, the Tony Award®–winning musical blends genres and styles to explore love, rejection, how we love, and why we reject.

Nine will include musical direction by Lily Ling, scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, lighting design by Cory Pattak, costume design by Alejo Vietti, sound design by Haley Parcher, and wig design by Tom Watson. The production stage manager is Matthew Lacey. Casting is by Geoff Josselson.

The Broadway Center Stage series, now in its fifth season, has been acclaimed by the Washington Post as “a raging success at the Kennedy Center reflecting a Broadway sheen.” Its hit production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT recently enjoyed critically-acclaimed Broadway engagement and will embark on a national tour in 2025.

The complete cast will be announced at a later date.

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!