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“Idaho! The Comedy Musical” Celebrates Opening Night at The Smith Center

"Idaho! The Comedy Musical" Celebrates Opening Night at The Smith Center
In celebration of the opening night performance of Idaho! The Comedy Musical on Saturday, July 9, Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed July 9, 2016 “Idaho! The Comedy Musical DAY” in Las Vegas (Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com)

Alex Ellis as Ida Dunham with townspeople. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Alex Ellis as Ida Dunham with townspeople. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Opening night featured the cast of 18 led by eight featured players including ALEX ELLIS as Ida Dunham, CARMEN RUBY FLOYD as Mavis White Eagle, JESSICA FONTANA as Cassie Purdy, NATHANIEL HACKMANN as Whip Masters, MATT LOEHR as Slim Johnson, JEN PERRY as Aunt Pearlie, JAY ROGERS as Uncle Fate and PAUL VOGT as Jed Strunk.

Jay Rogers as Uncle Fate. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Jay Rogers as Uncle Fate. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

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The cast includes an acclaimed ensemble featuring ALYSSA BRIZZI as Belle and Dream Cassie, BLAKE HAMMOND as Doc Generic and Exposition Jack, HOLLY HOLCOMB as Crazy Betty Felter, CHRISTINE HUDMAN as Anita Polk, ALLISON BLAIR MCDOWELL as Amanda Ride, ALEX PUETTE as Hank and Dream Whip, DESTINEE REA as Shenequa, ROBBIE ROBY as George Meany and Dance Captain, CONNOR RUSSELL as Yank Daley and JAMES TABEEK as Manny Meany.

Jennifer Perry as Aunt Pearlie and Jay Rogers as Uncle Fate. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Jennifer Perry as Aunt Pearlie and Jay Rogers as Uncle Fate. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

IDAHO! also boasts an extraordinary creative team with book and music by Buddy Sheffield (IN LIVING COLOR), music co-written by musical director Keith Thompson (JERSEY BOYS, HAIRSPRAY, LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, THE PRODUCERS, WHEN PIGS FLY) and casting by casting director and partner at Stewart/Whitley, Benton Whitley (CSA).

Jessica Fontana as Cassie Purdy and Nathaniel Hackmann as Whip Masters. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Jessica Fontana as Cassie Purdy and Nathaniel Hackmann as Whip Masters. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

The team also includes celebrated theater director Matt Lenz (PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL, HAIRSPRAY, A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL, THE IRISH CURSE AT SOHO REP, WICKED’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD NOT TAKEN), choreographer Michele Lynch (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, DIRTY DANCING, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, JOYFUL NOISE, CABARET, EMPIRE, EVERYDAY RAPTURE, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE) and Emmy Award-winning production designer Andy Walmsley (AMERICAN IDOL, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE). Sixteen Las Vegas musicians led by Thompson appear on stage.

Jennifer Perry as Aunt Pearlie. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Jennifer Perry as Aunt Pearlie. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Paul Vogt as Jed Strunk. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Paul Vogt as Jed Strunk. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Carmen Ruby Floyd as Mavis White Eagle. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Carmen Ruby Floyd as Mavis White Eagle. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Matt Loehr as Slim Johnson and Nathaniel Hackmann as Whip Masters. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!
Matt Loehr as Slim Johnson and Nathaniel Hackmann as Whip Masters. Original Las Vegas Cast of Idaho!

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at The Smith Center box office, by phone at 702-749-2000 or online at TheSmithCenter.com.