Zachary Levi, aka TV’s brainiac computer geek Chuck, aka the voice of swashbuckling Flynn Rider in Disney’s “Tangled,” is arguably the biggest name in Friday’s final round of announcements of guests coming to Big Slick Celebrity Weekend June 23-24.
This will be Levi’s first time participating in the softball game, bowling tournament and auction to raise money for the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center.
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▪ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Kansas City’s own son and mother folk duo who have found a national spotlight.
▪ Beth Dover, who on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” plays the warden’s partner in crime — and in bed. She also appeared on Fox’s “Son of Zorn,” which starred Big Slick host Jason Sudeikis.
The other two guests announced Friday are Big Slick alums:
▪ Kevin Rahm has been all over TV, co-starring in the new “Lethal Weapon” series, “Mad Men,” “Madam Secretary,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Judging Amy.”
▪ Seth Herzog appeared with Big Slick host Paul Rudd in “Role Models,” directed by David Wain, another Big Slick guest this year.
Levi has some important roles ahead. Following the success of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” he’ll star with Anna Paquin in a Netflix adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace.” And he’ll play the big bad villain “Thin White Duke” in the holiday-themed “Psych: The Movie,” a two-hour revival of the series set to air on USA Network in December.
The guests will join hometown hosts Rudd, Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner.
Big Slick had been revealing three new names from its guest list every day the last couple of weeks. But on Thursday, the organization said that three of those guests had sudden conflicts and had to cancel: actors James Marsden and Jermaine Fowler and TV host Aisha Tyler.
Another semi-regular who can’t come this year: Sudeikis’ fiancee, Olivia Wilde. Last year, Wilde strolled the Big Slick red carpet while she was pregnant with their second child, Daisy. But this year, as she told Stephen Colbert earlier this week, she is immersed in her leading role in “1984” on Broadway, set to officially open June 22.
With Friday’s announcement of five new names, the total number of guests is now 26.
The others: Weird Al Yankovic, stunt guy Johnny Knoxville, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Fox sportscaster Curt Menefee, “Today” show personality Jill Martin, magician Blake Vogt, Blue Springs native and “American Idol” winner David Cook, actresses Sarah Chalke and Laura Marano and actors Kevin Pollak, Will Forte, Overland Park’s David Dastmalchian, George Wendt (who is also Sudeikis’ uncle), James van der Beek, Joe Lo Truglio, Samm Levine, Martin Starr, Randy Flagler, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins and Wain.
The celebrity softball game starts at 5 p.m. June 23 at Kauffman Stadium. On June 24: a red carpet event, block party and bowling tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Pinstripes in Prairiefire and a sold-out silent auction and party at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland that night.
Learn more at bigslickkc.org.