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Wesley Taylor, Akron Lanier Watson, Etai Benson, More Star in New Musical The 12 at Goodspeed Beginning September 8


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Wesley Taylor, Akron Lanier Watson, Etai Benson, More Star in New Musical The 12 at Goodspeed Beginning September 8

John Doyle directs the musical about the 12 disciples grappling with the loss of their leader.


Goodspeed Musicals' premiere of The 12a new musical following 12 of the most well-known characters of all time, the 12 disciples, begins September 28. Tony winner John Doyle directs the production, set to run through October 29 at the Connecticut venue.

The cast includes Akron Lanier Watson (Hamilton) as Pete, Wonzaā Johnson (MJ The Musical) as Andrew, Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical) as Tom, Etai Benson (Company, The Band’s Visit) as Jimmy, Gregory Treco (Hamilton) as Simon, Kyle Scatliffe (Hamilton, Les Misérables) as John, Kelvin Moon Loh (Beetlejuice The Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical) as James, Mel Johnson Jr. (Kiss Me, Kate; Jekyll and Hyde) as Tee, Brandon J. Ellis (Bandstand) as Phil, Rob Morrison (Off-Broadway: Assassins) as Bart, F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Matt, Adrienne Walker (The Lion King; Kiss Me, Kate) as Mags, and Rema Webb (Fat Ham) as Mother Mary.

Matt Caplan, Dion Simmons Grier, and Aurelia Williams serve as understudies.

The 12, which features a book and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and music and lyrics by Neil Berg, follows the death of the disciples' leader. The new musical spotlights the 12 ordinary individuals as they come together to create one of the most powerful movements ever known in one of the most devastating moments.

The production also features music supervision by Greg Jarrett, music direction by Adam Souza, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Jay Hilton. Chris Zaccardi is the production stage manager, and casting is by Craig Burns for The Telsey Office. The production is produced by special arrangement with Joe Grano and Cody Lassen.

Visit Goodspeed.org.





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