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Goodspeed Casts 'Oliver!'; Hartford Stage Receives Edgerton Grant

Goodspeed Casts 'Oliver!'; Hartford Stage Receives Edgerton Grant

Goodspeed Musicals has announced the cast of its new production of “Oliver!,” scheduled for June 19 through Sept. 8. The show is directed by frequent Goodspeed director Rob Ruggiero, who also happens to be the producing artistic director of TheaterWorks.

Elijah Rayman will star as Oliver Twist, with Donald Corren (one of Harvey Fierstein’s successors as Arnold Beckoff in the original mid-‘80s production of “Torch Song Trilogy”) as Fagin, Brandon Andrus (“Annie Get Your Gun” and “Camelot” at Goodspeed) as Bill Sikes, EJ Zimmerman as Nancy, and Gavin Swartz (Nigel in “Matilda” on Broadway) as the Artful Dodger.

Considering themselves in the ensemble: Miranda Gelch (as Bet and...

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