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Back on Broadway!

June 30, 2011 - Phyllis Sigal
I love to report good news ... and this is double good news.

Two actors I've written stories about and blogged about are heading back to Broadway..

Ashley Yeater, of Moundsville, who toured with "Footloose," "Cats," "The Producers" and "Chicago" and was in "The Producers" on Broadway, will be performing in "Follies," which was on the Kennedy Center stage in Washington, D.C., for six weeks, starring Bernadette Peters.

She's quite a busy woman right now!

"I'm currently working on a remount of 'Oklahoma!' at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.," she told me. She is assistant choreographer on the project. "We originally set the show last fall. The show was so well received breaking box office records, Arena felt it was right to remount the show. ... Arena Stage is one of the prestigious regional theaters in the country. The theater host tons of original works as well as reviving huge musicals."

Ashley has been in Washington since April when she started with "Follies." "The day we closed 'Follies,' I moved to the other side of D.C. to start on 'Oklahoma!' the next day. I am so thrilled the timing for both shows worked out so I could do both. 'Follies' was a fantastic experience and I am so excited to be a part of the Broadway revival. To work amongst such theater royalty is AMAZING. Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein and Ron Raines lead our show. They were remarkable in every way. We start rehearsals in a couple of weeks."

It will play a limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre in Manhattan. Previews will begin Aug. 7, and the show opens Sept. 12.

"I feel so blessed to do what I love to do every day," Ashley said. "I told my parents I was going to be on Broadway when I was a young kid. The hard work and their guidance led me to my dreams."

Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Wheeling Park High class of 1998, who has been on Broadway in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Ragtime," will join the cast of "The Phantom of the Opera" — the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Coincidentally, he's taking over the role of his father-in-law, George Lee Andrews, who has been a cast member of the show for 23 years. Aaron noted in a recent newsletter that Andrews holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running actor in a single Broadway show.

Aaron will play Monsieur Andre, the role his father-in-law has played for the last 13 years.

Aaron also has another new role to play soon — that of "Dad." He and his wife, Shannon, are expecting their first child in November!


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