Kyra Kennedy, Krystina Alabado and Gianna Yanelli
(Photo: Jérémy Daniel)
The casting is scheduled for the previously announced theatrical adaptation of the 1988 film Mystical Pizza, which premieres at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine from September 1 to October 2. Sandy Rustin adapted Amy Holden Jones’ original screenplay for the stage. The production will be directed by Casey Hushion and will include arrangements and orchestrations by Carmel Dean.
Mystical Pizza will star Krystina Alabado as Daisy, Kyra Kennedy as Kat and Gianna Yanelli as Jojo, the roles played in the film by Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor, respectively. The cast will star Rayanne Gonzales as Leona, Joél Pérez as Tim, Garrett Marshall as Bill and Corey Mach as Charles. The company will also include Becca Petersen, Isabella De Souza Moore, Nicole Paloma Sarro, Jesse Swimm, Jake Swain, Graham Stevens and Forest VanDyke as well as Elaine Cotter and Joshua Bess swings.
Alabado was last seen on Broadway in Bad girls. His other Broadway credits include American psychopath and american idiot. Kennedy appeared on Sara Bareilles’ first nationwide tour Waitress. Yanelli appeared on Broadway in Bad girls.
Mystical Pizza follows the majority of three young women working as waitresses at a local pizzeria in Mystic, Connecticut. Struggling within a local class structure that separates the immigrant working class from the whole country club, women strive to define themselves beyond the shadows of their families and the men who pursue them.
The score will include hit songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s by artists such as John Mellencamp, Debbie Gibson, Robert Palmer, Berlin, Van Morrison, The Supremes / Phil Collins, Kim Wilde, Mike and the Mechanics, Fine Young Cannibals, Tiffany, Bryan Adams, and Starship.
The original announcement of Mystical Pizza featured a different creative team, including songwriter Melissa Etheridge, director Gordon Greenberg and writer Sas Goldberg.