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‘Anne of Green Gables’ musical will hold industry presentations

Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack and others will be featured in the adaptation of the novel by L.M. Montgomery.

Carmen Cusack (Credit: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

The new musical “Anne of Green Gables” will offer three industry presentations on Feb. 1 and 2 in New York City. Directed by Jenn Thompson, the musical is an adaptation of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery. 

Originally produced at Goodspeed Musicals in 2022, the Broadway-aimed musical features music by Matt Vinson and lyrics by Matte O’Brien. O’Brien also adapted the book for the stage. Ellenore Scott will serve as choreographer.

Featured in the cast are D.C. Anderson in the role of Matthew Cuthbert, Jarred Bedgood as Jude Andrews/Mr. Essenter, Tristen Buettel as Josie Pye, two-time Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack as Marilla Cuthbert, Ixchel Cuellar as Melody Maude Bombard, Hoke Faser as Charlie Sloan, Amanda Ferguson as Mrs. Barry/Miss Stacy, Josh Hoon Lee as Moody McPherson, Pierre Marais as Gilbert Blythe, Kevyn Morrow as Mr. Blythe/Mr. Phillips, Juliette Redden as Anne Shirley, Jenna Lea Rosen as Prissy Andrews, Drew Tanabe as Fred Wright, Michelle Veintimilla as Diana Barry, Aurelia Williams as Rachel Lynde and Maria Wirries as Ruby Gillis.

Set in the late 1800s, “Anne of Green Gables” chronicles the adventures of orphan Anne Shirley as she joins the community of the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

“O’Brien and Vinson’s pop score and contemporary storytelling realize the residents of Prince Edward Island for fans of the novel and devotees of new musical theater alike,” said producer Eric Cornell in a statement. “We are excited to introduce the passionate, headstrong and imaginative Anne Shirley to you all.”

Justin Goldner will provide orchestrations while Amanda Morton will serve as both music supervisor and music director. Additional members of the music team include associate music director Sasha Bartol, music assistant and rehearsal pianist Alex Greenberg, drummer Jesse-Ray Leich, guitarist Kevin Ramessar and bassist Michael Thurber.

The presentation will feature sound design by Ken Travis. Katherin Birenboim is assistant director and Logan Epstein is assistant choreographer. 

The stage management team will include Janelle Caso as production stage manager, Daniel Vaughn and Kayla Owen as assistant stage managers and Rico Froehlich as production assistant.

ShowTown Theatricals will provide general management services.

“Anne of Green Gables” is being produced by Cornell and Jack Sennott of Cornice Productions. Cornice Productions will be represented on Broadway this spring with “The Outsiders.” The company has been part of the producing teams for this season’s “The Cottage” as well as “Pass Over,” the 2019 revivals of “A Christmas Carol” and “Oklahoma!,” “What the Constitution Means to Me” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”