(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Far From Heaven, a new musical based on the acclaimed, award-winning 2002 motion picture written and directed by Todd Haynes, begins a preview production on the Main Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival on Thursday, July 19, 2012, running through July 29, 2012. The musical features a book by Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg and an original score by the Tony-nominated team of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). The production stars four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific) as Cathy Whitaker, Steven Pasquale of FX’s Rescue Me and NBC’s upcoming series Do No Harm as Frank Whitaker, and Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Raymond Deagan.
The cast also includes JB Adams (Annie) as Morris Farnsworth, Nancy Anderson (A Class Act) as Eleanor Fine, Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Rachel Getting Married) as Sybil, , Sarah Jane Everman (Promises, Promises) as Doreen/Connie/Patti Page, Alison Fraser (Gypsy) as Mona Lauder, Kate Hamilton as Nancy, Chris Hoch (La Cage aux Folles) as Stan Fine, Crystal Lucas-Perry (WTF’s A Streetcar Named Desire) as Esther, Preston Martin as Blond Son, Alexa Niziak as Janice Whitaker, Charlie Plummer as David Whitaker, Michael James Shaw as Musician/Gus, Mary Stout (Jane Eyre) as Mrs. Leacock, and Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy) as Dick Dawson.
The show, directed by Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Rent), will receive a run at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in Spring 2013.
In Far From Heaven, the film version of which was a stylized nod to Douglas Sirk’s domestic dramas of the 1950s, Cathy Whitaker (O’Hara) seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel — with incendiary consequences. With a book by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg and a lush score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal, intolerance, and a woman grappling with her own identity in a society on the verge of great upheaval.