Norbert Butz and Kate Levering will join Craig Bierko in the new Susan Stroman/Harry Connick Jr. musical “Thou Shalt Not,” due to premiere on Broadway this fall under the auspices of the Lincoln Center Theatre.
With a book by Tommy Thompson, “Thou Shalt Not” is adapted from “Therese Raquin,” Emile Zola’s novel about two lovers who murder the woman’s husband. The tuner, which workshopped last fall at LCT, updates the Zola story to post World War II, New Orleans.
Levering, who will play Therese Raquin, is a Stroman favorite, having been directed by the “Producers” helmer in “A Christmas Carol” at Madison Square Garden and the current Broadway revival of “The Music Man” starring Bierko. The actress opened on Wednesday in “42nd Street” at the Ford Center.
Butz plays Camille, Therese’s feeble husband, who is murdered by the two lovers at the end of Act One, only to return to haunt them as a much stronger and virile version of himself in Act Two.
The actor understudied Adam Pascal in the original Broadway cast of “Rent,” eventually taking over the lead role of Roger. He also played the Emcee in the first national tour of the Roundabout’s “Cabaret,” and is currently in rehearsals for Jason Robert Brown’s latest, “The Last Five Years,” directed by Daisy Prince at the North Light Theatre Company in Skokie, Ill. New musical begins previews May 16.
Bierko completes the ill-fated triangle in the role of Laurent, Therese’s lover-turned-killer.
LCT has not announced other casting for “Thou Shalt Not.”