Adorable Dalmatian puppies take note: Broadway and Hollywood actress Rachel York has been cast as Cruella de Vil in the upcoming touring production of 101 Dalmatians – The Musical. Based on the same book by Dodie Smith as the Disney animated movie from 1961, and subsequent live action version from 1996, the musical will follow the adventures of Dalmatian Pongo, his canine spouse, and their 10 Dalmatian puppies in London. Those 10 plus the other 91 dognapped Dalmatians add up to the number in the title. Like some encountering the story as a child, it took me a while to catch on to the fact that all 101 weren’t all from the same mother.
When not on Broadway or doing guest star roles, Miss York has done some voice over work in both animation and video games, including a guest stint as Wonder Woman nemesis Circe in the recent Justice League series and some minor roles in the game Neverwinter Nights 2. Yes, I’m the only person who would think to mention either one of those roles. Circe is notable primarily because it would make Cruella the second character Rachel York has played with very unique hair color.
The touring production of 101 Dalmatians – The Musical starts up this coming October at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Directed by Tony-award winner Jerry Zaks, the production is said be from a “dog’s eye view” of the world, with humans as larger than life figures on stage. It will also feature actual Dalmatians, many of which were rescue dogs, as “extras”. The principle pups will be played by actors of the human variety, though. Tickets are listed for the tour on our 101 Dalmatians – The Musical tickets page.