Presented by Jaradoa Theater, the original musical will co-star In the Heights' Joshua Henry and Xanadu's Anika Larsen. Directed by April Nickell, the company will also boast Sara Andreas, Anton Briones, Michael Fielder, Chris Harbur, Amanda Hunt, Nicole Lewis, Mario Martinez, Kelly McCreary, Eileen Rivera, Alison Solomon, Cara Scherker and Courtni Arlene Wilson. The creative team also features Luis Salgado (choreographer), Jared Stein (musical director), Tobin Ost (scenic designer), Andrea Varga (costume designer), Herrick Goldman (lighting designer) and Mike Farfalla (sound designer).
Serenade features book and lyrics by Spelling Bee Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin and music by Nils Olaf Dolven. The collaborators created the musical at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.
The new musical, according to press notes, "follows a young silhouette maker on his odyssey of discovery after arriving in the big city. The musical journey propels him through all the adventures, struggles, and the first flush of love he experiences in this new and strange metropolis."
Serenade is the first production of Jaradoa (Just A Roomful of Artists Doing Outreach And) Theater, a new company whose members — including actors, directors, writers and designers — have come together to "promote mercy, beauty, and truth through performance and service."
Show times are Dec. 1 at 7 PM, Dec. 3 at 8 PM, Dec. 5 at noon and 8 PM, Dec. 9 at 7 PM, Dec. 10 at 8 PM, Dec. 12 at noon and 8 PM, Dec. 13 at 8 PM, Dec. 14 at 8 PM and Dec. 15 at 2 and 8 PM.
Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. Teatro La Tea is located in Manhattan at 107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.
For more information visit www.jaradoatheater.org.