Arcelus, Foster, Gleason and More Find Happiness at Lincoln Center Starting Feb. 27

News   Arcelus, Foster, Gleason and More Find Happiness at Lincoln Center Starting Feb. 27 The new Lincoln Center Theater musical Happiness, featuring a score by Grey Gardens Tony nominees Michael Korie and Scott Frankel, begins performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater Feb. 27.
Alessa Neeck, Phyllis Somerville and Susan Stroman in rehearsal
Alessa Neeck, Phyllis Somerville and Susan Stroman in rehearsal Photo by Paul Kolnik

Lincoln Center Theater commissioned the Off-Broadway musical, which reunites collaborators Susan Stroman and John Weidman, who delivered the Tony Award-winning Contact in 2000.

Stroman directs and choreographs Happiness, which has a book by Weidman (Road Show, Assassins) and a score by writers Korie and Frankel. The work, which officially opens March 30, is scheduled for a 14-week engagement at Lincoln Center.

The starry cast of the Manhattan-set Happiness comprises Fred Applegate (Young Frankenstein, The Producers), Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Wicked), Miguel Cervantes (Spelling Bee, The Nightingale) Hunter Foster (Dust, Urinetown), Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Ken Page (It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues), Robert Petkoff (Spamalot), Jenny Powers (Dangerous Beauty, Little Women), Phyllis Somerville (Over Here, 'Night Mother), Pearl Sun (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Ana Maria Andricain, Holly Ann Butler, Patrick Cummings, Janet Dickinson (Forbidden Broadway), Alan H. Green (Play On!), Samantha Maza, James Moye (Tale of Two Cities), Alessa Neeck (White Christmas), Eric Santagata (The Apple Tree), Rob Sapp (Zanna, Don't!), Alexander Scheitinger (Damn Yankees), Lina Silver (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Idara Victor (Show Boat) and Matt Wall (The Drowsy Chaperone).

According to Lincoln Center Theater, "Happiness unfolds the stories of a dozen or so New Yorkers stuck in the morning rush of a stalled subway car and required by the spectral trainman to recall and re-enact the happiest moment in their lives before they can continue their travels... and travails. Happiness celebrates those fleeting moments in everyday lives — typically unanticipated, largely overlooked, always ephemeral — that upon reflection become people's fondest memories."

The design team includes Thomas Lynch (set design), William Ivey Long (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design) and Scott Lehrer (sound design). For tickets and more information visit LCT.org.

Hunter Foster and Joanna Gleason in rehearsal for <i>Happiness</i>
Hunter Foster and Joanna Gleason in rehearsal for Happiness Photo by Paul Kolnik