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Top Five Breakups: More Casting Announced for High Fidelity Musical

By Ernio Hernandez
27 Jul 2006

Jenn Colella
photo by Ryan Jensen

Jenn Colella will play the love which will set Will Chase off on a journey through ex-girlfriends in the Broadway-bound musical version of High Fidelity.

As previously announced, the world premiere will play in Boston, Sept. 26-Oct. 22, at the Colonial Theatre. The show is then expected to begin previews on Broadway in late fall at a theatre to be announced.

High Fidelity follows the story of record store owner Rob (and constant Top 5 listmaker) who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find out where he went wrong.

Colella will play Laura to previously announced star Chase's Rob. Also joining the cast will be Christian Anderson (Avenue Q, Rent) and Jay Klaitz (The Notebook - Manhattan Theatre Source) as music buffs/record store employees Dick and Barry, respectively. Katy Mixon ("The Quiet") portrays gal pal Liz and Emily Swallow (Measure For Pleasure, Orange Lemon Egg Canary), Kirsten Wyatt (Urinetown) and Anne Warren (Hairspray) play women from Rob's many failed romances.

Jon Patrick Walker (White Liars and Black Comedy) is also featured in the ensemble with Justin Brill (All Shook Up), Andrew Call (Altar Boyz), Matt Caplan (Rent), Paul Castree, Rachel Stern and J.B. Wing.

Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity) will direct the new Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and David Lindsay-Abaire musical take on the Nick Hornby novel, which is slated to begin rehearsals in late August. Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum — the team behind the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q — will produce the new work.

Chase has starred on Broadway in Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. He was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.

Colella scooted her boots on Broadway in the musical version of Urban Cowboy. The actress — who starred in the world premiere of the upcoming Broadway Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan musical The Times They Are A-Changin' at San Diego's Old Globe — also appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Slut.

The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) and starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The musical will be set in New York's Brooklyn.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) pens the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyricist Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle ).

Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz) will choreograph the musical. The design team for High Fidelity features Anna Louizos (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

Tickets for High Fidelity at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street (near Tremont Street) in Boston, MA are available through Broadway Across America - Boston at (866) 523-7469. For more information, visit the website www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.



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