Frank Wildhorn, Robin Lerner and Rinne B. Groff’s 'The Song of Bernadette' Musical Announces All Star Cast
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Christopher Gattelli Directs The Musical Adaptation of the Novel by Franz Werfel With Book By Rinne B. Groff, Music By Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics By Robin Lerner, Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Jason Howland Casting by Mark Brandon, CSA/Binder Casting

New York, NY – Executive Producer, Indie Theatrical, has announced the complete cast for the modern musical adaptation of The Song of Bernadette developmental workshop from Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominated Composer, Frank Wildhorn, CMA winner and Grammy nominated lyricist, Robin Lerner and award winning playwright, Rinne B Groff.

Joining the previously announced stars, Sophia Anne Caruso and Lea Salonga, new cast members actor/activist Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In The Heights, The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical), Theatre World Award winner Colton Ryan (Girl From The North Country, Dear Evan Hansen, Alice By Heart), L. Steven Taylor (Mufasa in The Lion King, Godspell, Damn Yankees), and Katie Lee Hill (TVs Succession, New Amsterdam & Apple TV+ series Servant) will be featured alongside returning cast member and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Sideshow, Netflix's Inventing Anna) as Sister Vauzous, a role she originated in the show's first reading in 2018.

Also returning to the cast of the workshop are Drama Desk nominated Eric Anderson (Moulin Rouge!, The Last Ship, Soul Doctor); Drama Desk Award winner, Eliseo N. Roman (On Your Feet, Leap of Faith, In the Heights), and Emmy Award nominated Paul Anthony Stewart (Beautiful:The Carole King Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano) .

Earlier this month, it was announced that Sophia Anne Caruso (David Bowie's Lazarus, Beetlejuice, The Sound of Music, Live!), and upcoming star of The School for Good and Evil on Netflix (with Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Sofia Wylie) will play the title role of Bernadette Soubirous. Tony and multiple-award winning actress, singer/songwriter and Disney legend Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Aladdin, Mulan & most recently the highly popular; Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin for HBO Max which was recently picked up for season 2) joins as Mama Soubirous.

Rinne B. Groff, who wrote the book, notes, "At heart, this is a story of a young woman who has a profound personal experience, at which point everyone around her—her family, her community, the civic authorities—insists that it would be better if she would just shut up about it. But she doesn't shut up, she sings out, and her discovery of her voice leads to a transformation which impacts everyone around her, and beyond.

When I first came to this material, I thought I knew what it was going to be, but Werfel's novel continually surprised me with its radical turns. I strove to bring that radical energy to our telling. The source material bursts with humanity, cosmic mystery, and humor. Werfel's writing inspires me not only in terms of the magnificent story he told, but also in the compassionate but unsentimental tone he provides which makes space for believers and non-believers alike.

Sophia Caruso's performance is captivating and revolutionary. She's a powerhouse who provides the perfect Bernadette for our day: an unassuming girl who finds her strength in speaking the truth, and once she finds her strength, you better watch out because it will set the world on fire."

Frank Wildhorn adds, "After the desolate quiet of these last couple years, to hear these amazing beautiful soulful voices fill this rehearsal room, is like a miracle! The force of nature that is this cast is such a blessing and such an inspiration. Every day is a celebration."

Indie Theatrical's Executive Producer Louis Hobson says,"This precious time together with this literal cast of legends, and legends in the making, has been an embarrassment of riches, and one of the most thrilling rooms I have ever worked in."

The musical adaptation features a score by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award nominated Frank Wildhorn; lyrics by CMA Award winner and Grammy Award nominated, Robin Lerner; book by award winning playwright Rinne B Groff; music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by multiple Tony nominee and Emmy and Grammy winner, Jason Howland, with direction and musical staging by Tony winner and Emmy nominee, Christopher Gattelli. The Workshop of The Song of Bernadette is Executive Produced by Louis Hobson and Jake Groshong of Indie Theatrical in partnership with Van Dean, T.J. Berden, David Kang, John Pagliassotti, and Kevin Cheung, and by Special Arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical. Mark Brandon, CSA of Binder Casting assembled the cast.

The Cast of The Song of Bernadette Workshop
Colin Anderson as Dr. Dozous
Eric Anderson as Papa Soubirous
Max Bartos as Antoine Cover/Ensemble
Sharon Catherine Brown as Mme. Millet/Empress Eugenie
Sophia Anne Caruso as Bernadette Soubirous
Claire DeJean as Bernadette Cover/Ensemble
Ciara Alyse Harris as Toinette/Ensemble
Katie Lee Hill as Jeanne Abadie
Sean Jenness as Cobbler/Babou/Ensemble
Sid Kamat as Jean Soubirous/Sick Child
Madison Elizabeth Lagaras as Marie Soubirous
Javier Muñoz as Dean Peyramale
Alice Ripley as Sister Vauzous
Eliseo N. Roman as Bouriette/Emperor Napoleon III
Colton Ryan as Antoine Nicolau
Lea Salonga as Mama Soubirous
Lee Siegel as Jacomet/Ensemble
Paul Anthony Stewart as Imperial Prosecutor Dutour
Yasmeen Sulieman as Mme. Bouhouhorts/Ensemble
L. Steven Taylor as Mayor Lacade
Hailee Kaleem Wright as Catherine/Mlle. Bruart

The Song of Bernadette tells the true story of Bernadette Soubirous, an impoverished young girl living in the remote village of Lourdes, France in the mid-1800's. One day while collecting firewood with her sister she sees a vision that changes her life and the town of Lourdes forever. The musical is based on Franz Werfel's 1941 novel which would go on to be adapted for the 1943 Oscar and Golden Globe winning film starring Jennifer Jones. For over 150 years the story of Bernadette has inspired people all over the world, and the site of her vision continues to draw millions of pilgrims of all faiths every year. Earlier this year, Michael Unger, Skylight Music Theatre's Artistic Director, announced the world premiere developmental production coming to Milwaukee from May 19–June 11, 2023.

Book by Rinne B. Groff (The Woman's Party, The Ruby Sunrise, Fire In Dreamland)
Music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel)
Lyrics by Robin Lerner (Excalibur, Tears of Heaven, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Direction & Musical Staging by Christopher Gattelli (Disney's Newsies, My Fair Lady, Schmigadoon!)
Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Jason Howland (Paradise Square, Beautiful, Little Women, Jekyll & Hyde)
Based on the novel ‘The Song of Bernadette' by Franz Werfel
Executive Produced by Louis Hobson and Jake Groshong at Indie Theatrical with Van Dean, T.J. Berden, David Kang, John Pagliassotti, and Kevin Cheung and by Special Arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical
Stage Management: Bernadette Schoenborn
Casting by Mark Brandon , CSA/Binder Casting
Legal by Andrew Farber , Farber Law, LLC

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