Landmark Musical Theater Announces Cast for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Contest


The Landmark Musical Theater in San Francisco (Jon Rosen, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the entire cast and creative team for the company’s upcoming 2021-2022 in-person opening production , the public favorite winner of the Tony Award® PUTNAM COUNTY 25TH ANNUAL SPEAKER BEE. The production will run from October 9 to November 7, 2021 at the Children’s Creativity Museum Theater (221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103). THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will be conducted by Jon Rosen, with choreography by Meredith Fox, and with musical and vocal direction by Christophe hewitt. Tickets range from $ 20 to $ 50 and are available now on

“Ever since I saw this show on Broadway, I was hoping to have the opportunity to direct it,” said director Jon Rosen. “SPELLING BEE is a theatrical force field that advocates for eccentric young people facing the trials and tribulations of adolescence. With a lot of humor, it tackles the challenges almost all children face while feeling slightly different from others. Most importantly, it lets us understand that winning is NOT everything and that sometimes even losers are winners. Guillaume Finn (who composed the FALSETTO and A NEW BRAIN trilogy) provides a delicious score with amazing lyrics and Rachel SheinkinThe book gives six adult actors the chance to reconnect with their inner youth! “

The Landmark Musical Theater‘s 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE production will feature two different actors (the Alpha Cast and the Betta Cast) performing in specific performances. The complete program of performances for each casting is available on

The Alpha Cast will feature Elana Cowen as “Rona Lisa Peretti“, Edward Pieczenik as” Doug Panch “, William Rhea as” William Barfee “, Vanity Olaires as” Olive Ostrovsky “, Eriette Atanante as” Marcy Park “, Johann Santos as” Chip Tolentino “, Libby Oberlin as” Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre “, Jean Charles Quimpo as “Leaf Coneybear”, Marla Cox as “Midge Mahoney” and Curtis Pollard as “Carl ‘Dad’ Grubenierre”.

The cast of Betta will feature Rebecca Fox as “Rona Lisa Peretti“, John-Thomas Hanson as” Doug Panch “, William Rhea as” William Barfee “, Bekah Broas as” Olive Ostrovsky “, Saira Grewal as” Marcy Park “, Jamari McGee in the role of “Chip Tolentino”, Tosca Maltzman as “Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre”, Alicia Hurtado as “Leaf Coneybear”, Jepoy ramos as “Mitch Mahoney” and Curtis Pollard as “Carl ‘Dad’ Grubenierre.”

In addition to Mr. Rosen, Ms. Fox and Mr. Hewitt, the creative team will include Kathryn Gubler (lighting design) and Lish Lesh (sound design). Mr. Rosen designed the sets, based on the school gymnasium design created by Tony Award-winning designer Beowolf Boritt for the original Broadway production.

Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, designed by Rebecca Feldman, charmed audiences across the country with her effortless wit and humor. With a fast, insanely funny and touching book of Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by Guillaume Finn (Composer of FALSETTOS), this bee is an unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent pubescent (all played by adult actors) compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly revealing hilarious and touching stories from their family life, the tweens weave their way through a series of (potentially invented) words, hoping to never hear the overwhelming, pout-inducing and unassertive ‘ding’. the bell that indicates a spelling error.

Six spellings come in … one spell comes out victorious! Losers get a hug and a box of juice.

The production also includes a novelty not often seen in a Broadway musical, as four members of the audience each night get the chance to shine when invited on stage to compete as a spelling during the first act of the show!

The show would be rated PG-13 for its strong language and some sexual content (dealing with “complications” of male puberty) and is recommended for ages 13 and older. To allow the show to be accessible to a wider audience, four morning performances on October 23, 24, 30 and 31 will be presented with most of the linguistic and sexual content adjusted to be acceptable for young children aged 8 and under. more.

Landmark Musical Theater‘s 2021-2022 season will continue with ALL TOGETHER NOW from Music Theater International! A GLOBAL EVENT CELEBRATING LOCAL THEATER (12 – 15 November 2021), STEEL PIER (15 January – 19 February 2022), RUTHLES! THE MUSICAL (March 26 – April 30, 2022), and YOU ARE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (May 14 – June 19, 2022). Tickets for all of the following 2021-2022 productions will be available for purchase on Landmark’s website from Friday October 1, 2021.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE will perform at the Children’s Creativity Museum Theater (221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, between Mission and Howard). All other productions for the 2021-22 season will perform at Landmark’s new permanent home, Theater 33 (533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94012, between Mason and Powell).

Landmark Musical Theater plans to track all city, state, and federal health mandates throughout the season to reduce risk and protect the health of performers and audiences. Currently, members of the public must either provide proof of vaccination or a recent test (within 72 hours) without Covid when attending a performance, and all members of the public must be masked from the outside. indoors, especially when they are seated in their seat, except they are drinking or eating. All regulations will be closely monitored and policies will be updated as the situation with the virus evolves.


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