A Cellist Discovers Superpowers From His Bow in Premiere of Rock Musical Lizard Boy, Opening Tonight

News   A Cellist Discovers Superpowers From His Bow in Premiere of Rock Musical Lizard Boy, Opening Tonight
 
Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of Lizard Boy, a world-premiere rock musical written and performed by Seattle native Justin Huertas, officially opens April 1 on the Leo K. Theatre Stage.

Brandon Ivie, who directed Off-Broadway's Jasper in Deadland, directs this Seattle Rep commission. Previews began March 27 for a run through May 2.

William A. Williams, Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland
William A. Williams, Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland

Here's how it's billed: "From the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers — powers that changed one boy's life forever. Freak or hero? Trevor is about to find out with a little help from Mr. Right. Join triple-threat Seattle artist Justin Huertas and friends for one fateful night of adventure, music and love set on the streets of Seattle. Equal parts comic book lore, coming-of-age love story and irrepressible tunes, audiences can expect the unexpected in this indie rock musical."

Huertas serves as writer, librettist, composer and lead actor/cellist in Lizard Boy. His acting credits include Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O) as well as regional premiere productions of Avenue Q, Spring Awakening (both at Balagan Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Contemporary Classics), Speech & Debate (Seattle Rep) and The History Boys (ArtsWest). As a cellist, Huertas has played for Contemporary Classics' New Voices concert series, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival and productions of Cloaked, Sweeney Todd, Children of Eden and The Last Five Years.

He is joined onstage by frequent collaborators Kirsten deLohr Helland and William A. Williams, who lend their vocals and play a variety of acoustic instruments, including guitar, ukulele, piano and tambourine.

The creative team also includes set designer L.B. Morse, costume designer Erik Andor, lighting designer Robert J. Aguilar and sound designer Matt Starritt. Front-row seats to every performance are only $5 each. Tickets are available one hour prior to each performance at the Seattle Rep Box Office (in person only). There is an American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performance April 18 at 2 PM. Post-play discussions with cast members will be held after the performances on April 4 at 2 PM, April 12 at 2 PM, April 15 at 2 PM and April 19 at 2 PM. There will be a special late-night performance of Lizard Boy May 1 at 9 PM.

Tickets are available through the Seattle Rep box office at (206) 443-2222 or online at SeattleRep.org.

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