Press and Media

February 17, 2015

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has announced the full casting for the Theatre Company's world premiere of The 12, a brand new rock musical with book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way) and music and lyrics by Neil Berg (Grumpy Old Men).

The full cast of The 12 includes Terence Archie (John), Mike Backes (Swing), Jeannette Bayardelle (Mother Mary), Anthony Fedorov (Andrew), Colby Foytik (Jimmy), Colin Hanlon (Pete), Jordan Leigh (Matt), Andrew Mayer (Bart), Christina Sajous (Mary Magdalene), Maximilian Sangerman (Thad), Heath Saunders (Swing), Chaz Lamar Shepherd (James), Brad Standley (Phil), Gregory Treco (Simon), Tony Vincent (Tom), and Erin Willis (Swing).

Thrilling, heart-pounding music and one of the most influential stories of all time unite in The 12, for what calls "a powerful rock and roll experience that rises up from where Jesus Christ Superstar ends." The 12, set to an original, authentic classic rock music score, follows the disciples as they face the ultimate test of faith in the wake of their leader's unthinkable death.

"The 12 is the perfect show to close out the Theatre Company's 2014/15 season," said Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director for the Theatre Company. "We are thrilled to present this compelling musical, which has the added bonus of being the third world premiere of the season."

The creative team is led by Richard Seyd (Director) and includes theatre veterans Connor Gallagher (Choreographer), Michael Mancini (Music Director), Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Music Supervisor), John Iacovelli (Scenic Designer), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Designer), Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Designer), and Zach Williamson (Sound Designer).

"The score of The 12, while totally original, is my open love letter to many of the great genres in the history of classic rock and roll, and can only be tackled by powerful, authentic voices," said composer Neil Berg. "We are thrilled with the cast and creative team we have assembled and cannot wait to bring this unique musical to Denver."

"Kent Thompson and I have long discussed working together and I am delighted to see that dream realized in this world premiere production of The 12," said Robert Schenkkan (book and lyrics). "I'm a huge fan of the Theater Company. They do extraordinary work for an audience which is both sophisticated and enthusiastic, and Neil and I are thrilled to be joining them this season."

The 12 will close the 2014/15 Theatre Company season, running March 27-April 26, 2015 (opening April 3) in the Stage Theatre.

The 12 with book and lyrics by Robert Schenkkann. Music and lyrics by Neil Berg.