Aneesa Folds, Bryce Pinkham, Marc Kudisch and more lead TRADING PLACES
the Alliance Theater announced the cast and creative team for its world premiere musical, TRADING PLACES. Inspired by the iconic and beloved 1983 Paramount Pictures film, TRADING PLACES is a hilarious, contemporary musical reimagining of the fable of the prince and the pauper. Billie Rae Valentine, a savvy hustler, and Louis Winthorpe III, director of a commodities trading company, have their lives deliberately altered by the devious Duke brothers to settle a small bet in a scandalous debate between nature and nurture. Capturing the joyful charm and belly laughs of the original film while invigorating the story for 21st century audiences, TRADING PLACES will enjoy its world premiere on the Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theater May 25 – June 26, 2022.
The cast of TRADING PLACES is led by Broadway actors Anesa bends (Freestyle Love Supreme) as Billie Rae and Tony Award nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) as Louis, with the Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl from the North Country) and Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway) as Mortimer and Randolph Duke, and with McKenzie Kurtz (Frozen) as Penelope, Josh Lamon (Alliance & Broadway productions of THE PROM) as Beeks, Joe Montoya as Phil, and Don Stephenson (Trouble in Mind) as Coleman. The ensemble cast includes Benjamin Howe, Raymond J. Lee, Michael McCorry Roseand Nyla Watson. The other members of the ensemble have not yet been announced.
TRADING PLACES is directed by Tony Award-winning director, Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun) and an exciting writing and directing team including a TV and film writer Thomas Lenon (Book), Music Writing Team Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Music and lyrics), acclaimed choreographer for film, television and music videos fatima robinson (Choreography), Alliance Theater BOLD Associate Artistic Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (associate director), Tony Award-nominated orchestrator August Eriksmoenand musical director Rick Edinger. Creative team includes Tony Award-winning scenic designer Beowulf Borittlighting designer Adam Honoré, Tony Award-winning sound designer Jean Chillsand Tony Award-nominated costume designer Emilio Sosa.
“I’m so excited to come home to this world-class cast and creative team and a new musical that I know will resonate with and be embraced by the Atlanta community,” the manager said. Kenny Leon. “With TRADING PLACES, we explore the idea of what would happen if we all traded our places with someone else, even for a day, literally putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. “It’s relevant; it’s uplifting; everyone will feel heard and represented. And you’re going to have a lot of laughs! It’s the perfect piece for the moment.”
TRADING PLACES will make its world premiere on the Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theater From May 25 to June 26, 2022. The opening night will take place on Saturday June 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for TRADING PLACES are available now at www.alliancetheatre.org/tradingplaces.
The Coca-Cola scene at Alliance Theater
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