Alice Ripley, Javier Munoz and More Join Frank Wildhorn’s Musical THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

The full cast has been announced for the modern musical adaptation of the Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominated composer’s The Song of Bernadette development workshop. Frank WildhornCMA winner and Grammy-nominated lyricist, Robin Lerner and award-winning playwright, Rinne B Groff.

Joining previously announced stars, Sophie Anne Caruso and Lea Salonganew actor/activist Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In The Heights, The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical), winner of the Theater World Award colton ryan (North country girl, 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 actor and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (alongside Netflix’s Normal, Sideshow, Inventing Anna) as Sister Vauzous, a role she originated when the show first read in 2018.

Returning to the workshop cast are also named Drama Desk 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 nominee Paul-Antoine Stewart (Belle: The Carole King musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano).

Earlier this month it was announced that Sophie 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 multi-award winning actress, singer-songwriter and Disney legend Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Aladdin, Mulan and most recently the wildly 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 its core, it’s the story of a young woman who has a deep personal experience of how everyone around her – her family, her community, city authorities – insists that it would be better for her to be silent, but she is not silent, she sings, and her discovery of her voice leads to a transformation that impacts everyone around her, and beyond.

When I came to this material, I thought I knew what it was going to be, but Werfel’s novel continually surprised me with its sweeping twists. I tried to bring that radical energy to our storytelling. The source material bursts with humanity, cosmic mystery and humor. Werfel’s writing inspires me not only in terms of the wonderful story he told, but also in the compassionate yet unsentimental tone he provides that makes room for believers and non-believers alike.

Sophia Caruso’s performance is captivating and revolutionary. She’s a powerhouse that provides the perfect Bernadette for our times: an unassuming girl who finds her strength in telling the truth, and once she finds her strength, you better watch out because it’ll put the world in fire.”

Frank Wildhorn adds, “After the desolate calm of the past two years, hearing these beautiful, soulful voices fill this rehearsal room is like a miracle! The force of nature that is this cast is such a blessing and inspiration. Every day is a party.”

Indie Theatrical Executive Producer Louis Hobson says, “This precious time with this literal cast of legends and legends-in-the-making has been an embarrassment of riches and one of the most exciting rooms I’ve ever worked in.”

The musical adaptation includes a score by Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee Frank Wildhorn; words of the CMA Award winner and Grammy nominee, Robin Lerner; book by award-winning playwright Rinne B Groff; musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by several Tony nominees and Emmy and Grammy winners, Jason Howlandunder the direction and musical direction of the Tony winner and Emmy nominee, Christopher Gattelli. Bernadette’s L’Atelier du Chant is produced by Louis Hobson and Jake Groshong of Indie Theatrical in partnership with Van DeanTJ Berden, David Kang, John Pagliassotti and Kevin Cheung, and by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical. Mark BrandonCSA of Binder Casting mounted the cast.

The cast of the workshop La Chanson de Bernadette

colin anderson as Dr. Dozous

Eric Anderson like Papa Soubirous

Max Bartos as Antoine Cover/Ensemble

Sharon Catherine Brown as Mme. Millet/Empress Eugenie

Sophie Anne Caruso as Bernadette Soubirous

Claire DeJean as Bernadette cover/set

Ciara Alyse Harris as Toinette/Ensemble

Katie Lee Hill as Jeanne Abadie

Sean Jenness as Cobbler/Babou/Together

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 like Mama Soubirous

Lee Siegel as Jacomet/Ensemble

Paul-Antoine Stewart as Imperial Prosecutor Dutour

Yasmine Sulieman as Mrs. Bouhouhorts/Ensemble

L steven taylor as Mayor Lacade

Hailee Kaleem Wright as Catherine/Miss. Bruart