"The 101 Dalmatians Musical" Unveils Cast for Highly Anticipated National Production

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James Ludwig, Catia Ojeda and Julie Foldesi Join Broadway Starlet
Rachel York as Classic Story Takes to the National Stage for First Time
 
The 101 Dalmatians Musical” Plays Chicago’s 
Cadillac Palace Theatre February 16-28, 2010
 
CHICAGO (September 30, 2009) – The 101 Dalmatians Musical, based on the 1956 classic
story written by Dodie Smith, announced today the complete cast for the hugely buzzed about
national stage production.
Coming to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) for a
limited engagement February 16 to 28, 2010, The 101 Dalmatians Musical
features an impressive cast made-up of Broadway veterans and newcomers
that will bring to life this one-of- a-kind musical adventure for the
entire family.

Headlining the national tour includes:

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•Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York in the leading role as the sinister Cruella de Vil, notorious for kidnapping Dalmatian puppies for their distinctive spots. Best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables,
Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Dame Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, York also turned heads with her portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, Lucy. 

 

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•James Ludwig has been cast in the role of Pongo, the Dalmatian patriarch who must lead the charge in rescuing his puppies from the villainous Cruella de Vil. Ludwig previously starred on Broadway in Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors as well as the off-Broadway productions of the Blue Man Group and De La Guarda. Ludwig is also the co-producer/co-host of the popular Web series, The Happy Hour Guy.
 

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•Newcomer Catia Ojeda joins The 101 Dalmatians Musical in the role of Missus, wife to Pongo and loving mother of the Dalmatian puppies that Cruella de Vil has “dognapped.”Ojeda has quickly made her mark on the regional theatre circuit with featured roles at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Quark Victory), Engeman Theatre (Lend Me a Tenor) and Ogunquit Playhouse (Fiddler on the Roof).

 

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• Julie Foldesi has signed onto The 101 Dalmatians Musical in the role of Perdita, who helps care for the Dalmatian puppies as Pongo and Missus’ family nurse. A familiar face on Broadway, Foldesi’s credits include South Pacific, Little Women and The Full Monty. Foldesi also starred in the first national touring productions of Little Women in the lead role of Jo, The Full Monty and Jekyll and Hyde. 

The 101 Dalmatians Musical is rounded out by: 
 

• Sammy Borla (Lucky)
• Lydia Clemente (Cadpig) 
• Piper Curda (Roly-Poly) 
• Madeleine Doherty (Nanny Butler, Gypsy Wife;
u/s Cruella)
• Michael Thomas Holmes (Jasper, Gruff
Yorkie) 
• Robert Anthony Jones (Jinx)
• Erin Maguire (Nanny Cook, Collie Inn
Keeper; u/s Cruella)
• Mike Masters (Mr. Dearly, Horse)
• Catherine Missal (Patch) 
• Kristen Beth Williams (Mrs. Dearly, Tabby Cat;
u/s Missus). 
• Chuck Ragsdale (Prince) 
• Chip Abbott (Ensemble; u/s Perdita’s
Husband)
• Joel Blum (Ensemble, Harry De Vil, Gypsy
Impresario, Bloodhound Miner; u/s Jasper)
• Jeff Scot Carey (Ensemble; u/s Pongo, Prince,
Mr. Dearly)
• Kristy Cavanaugh (Ensemble; u/s Dream
Perdita) 
• Joseph  Dellger (Ensemble, Splendid Vet,
Nervous Setter, Tipsy St. Bernard; u/s Jinx)
• Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Ensemble, Dream
Perdita)
• Garett Hawe (Ensemble, Perdita’s Husband,
Beagle)
• Kevin C. Loomis (Ensemble, Sheepdog)
• Neal Mayer (Swing)
• Ah-Niyah Yonay Neal (Ensemble; u/s Patch)
• Clark Kelley Oliver (Ensemble; u/s Roly-Poly) 
• Gabriel Rush (Ensemble; u/s Lucky) 
• Molly Sorohan (Swing) 
• Kendra Tate (Ensemble; u/s Cadpig)
• Emma Zaks (Ensemble, Cruella’s Cat; u/s
Perdita)

 
In addition to a talented cast, The 101 Dalmatians Musical is led by an award-winning creative
team including four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (A Bronx Tale, Smokey Joe’s
Café, Guys and Dolls), acclaimed bookwriter and co-lyricist BT
McNicholl (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, The IT Girl), and composer and
co-lyricist Dennis DeYoung, best known as the founding member of the
legendary rock band STYX. Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix
Corporation, Troika Entertainment, and international producer Luis
Alvarez have produced the musical. 
 
“We have really put together a great group of talented actors and are
proud to have them apart of The 101 Dalmatians Musical,” said Lee D.
Marshall, Co-Founder of Magic Arts &
Entertainment/Tix Corporation.  “Since the original book has remained a part of people’s lives
for over 50 years, it was very important to the producers and creative
team that we were able to find just the right mix of actors that could
bring the look and feel of the story to life.”
 
The production follows Dalmatians spouses Pongo and Missis Pongo who are living the good
life in London with their “pets” Charles and Catherine Dearly. When their 10 puppies are
suddenly “dognapped” by the villainous Cruella de Vil, they summon the help of a vast network
of dogs and set off to rescue their pups. There’s a happy ending for all with laughter, mayhem
and music along the way. The 101 Dalmatians Musical 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. 

 
Individual tickets for the Chicago engagement of The 101 Dalmatians Musical range in price
from $22 – $85 and will go on sale at a later date.  Tickets are
currently available to groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. 
The 101 Dalmatians Musical is a part of the Broadway In Chicago 2009-10 Fall/Winter Season Series.  
 
For more information on The 101 Dalmatians Musical, visit www.The101DalmatiansMusical.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com
 
For approved images, email akletzker@korshak.com or mwilmoth@korshak.com 
 
 
About Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Corporation 
Magic Arts & Entertainment has been bringing hundreds of thousands of people to their feet
each year throughout their 25 years in the entertainment industry. Led
by business partners Lee D. Marshall and Joe Marsh, the duo began by
producing David Copperfield’s first-ever tour in 1983. The partnership
then grew to produce, manage, book and promote a versatile roster of
live entertainment events that expanded to include such high-grossing
concerts such as the North American tours for Janet Jackson, Cher, N
Sync, Britney Spears, Barry Manilow, The Backstreet Boys and many
others. Current tours include The Magic of David Copperfield,
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Mannheim Steamroller, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,
Jesus Christ Superstar staring Ted Neeley and Jim Brickman: Beautiful World.
 
In 2008, Magic Arts & Entertainment was acquired by the Tix
Corporation (Nasdaq: TIXC), with Marshall and Marsh assuming the roles
of Co-CEO of Tix Productions, a newly-formed
subsidiary of Tix Corporation.
 
About Troika General Management Troika General Management has over two
decades experience producing shows of all types and sizes throughout
North America and the world.  International venues include Russia,
Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Korea and Japan. Troika was most
recently involved in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China with
productions of The Sound of Music, 42nd Street and Chicago. Current and
upcoming productions in North America include Fiddler on the Roof
starring Topol, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar,
starring Ted Neeley and Cats, running “now and forever.”
 
About Luis Alvarez
Luis Alvarez, the youngest theatrical producer and director in Madrid, is responsible for one of
the most successful shows in Spain. 101 Dalmatians: The Musical
premiered at the Wonderland Theatre in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Alvarez
received an award for Best Theatrical Producer in Spain.

Mr. Alvarez and 101 Dalmatians: The Musical broke all records for sponsorship deals in Spain.
Kellogg’s, Kodak, Iberia, Haagen Dazs and many other well known companies sponsored the
World Premier of 101 Dalmatians: The Musical. 

Press Contact:  Anne Kletzker / Michelle Wilmoth
 Margie Korshak, Inc.
 (312) 559 -5513 / 5559

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