Rebecca Luker, Sebastian Arcelus, Howard McGillin and Jill Paice are among the thesps to be cast in the City Centers Encores! production of tuner “Where’s Charley?” — with little-known thesp Rob McClure nabbing the lead role.
McClure’s Broadway credits are limited to replacement stints in “Avenue Q” and an understudy gig for a revival of “I’m Not Rappaport.” Currently appearing in a Philadelphia production of “Amadeus,” the actor will play the cross-dressing central character in the 1948 musical based on the farce “Charley’s Aunt.”
Arcelus (“Elf”) has been tapped as the college pal who schemes with Charley to arrange a visit from their girlfriends, to be played by Paice (“Curtains”) and Lauren Worsham (“Candide” at City Opera).
Tuner is the first by Frank Loesser (“Guys and Dolls”), who penned the music and lyrics while George Abbott wrote the book. John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd,” “A Catered Affair”) directs.
The Encores! series of concert stagings of musical revivals has launched a string of shows that have gone on to Broadway, including the longrunning revival of “Chicago.”
“Where’s Charley?” runs March 17-20 at City Center.