Playbill has news about a new 101 Dalmatians musical – not an adaptation of the classic animated Disney film – that will be touring the US:
James Ludwig, Catia Ojeda and Julie Foldesi will join Rachel York in the new touring show The 101 Dalmatians Musical…. Based on the 1956 classic story written by Dodie Smith, the new musical will feature… York as previously announced, will play evil Cruella de Vil, who plots to kidnap puppies for their fur…. Ludwig will play Pongo, “the Dalmatian patriarch who must lead the charge in rescuing his puppies”…. Ojeda will play Missus, wife to Pongo and loving mother of the Dalmatian puppies that Cruella de Vil has dognapped….
The 101 Dalmatians Musical is led by four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks… bookwriter and co-lyricist BT McNicholl… and composer and co-lyricist Dennis DeYoung, best known as the founding member of the legendary rock band STYX…. According to production notes, the show “…also stars fifteen real Dalmatians, many of which were rescued from animal shelters across the country, in a surprise grand finale that will leave audiences cheering.”
There’s an official website for the show too. So who’s running to buy tickets and who’s running for the hills?