The new musical Baghdaddy, which returned to Manhattan April 6 prior to an official opening May 1, will close June 25 at Off-Broadway's St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street). At the time of closing, the show will have played 16 previews and 38 regular performances.
Based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen, Baghdaddy is created by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo, with direction by Pailet.
The cast includes Brennan Caldwell (Urinetown), Jason Collins (Signs of Life), Bob D'Haene (The Three Times She Knocked), Brandon Espinoza (Tuck Everlasting), Joe Joseph (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Claire Neumann (Triassic Parq), Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men), and Ethan Slater (SpongeBob Musical).
The production features musical direction by Rona Siddiqui, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, and choreography by Misha Shields.
Here’s how production notes bill Baghdaddy: “The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.”
The creative team includes Caite Hevner (set design), Jennifer Schriever (lighting design), Summer Lee Jack (costume design), Courteney Leggett (production stage manager), Daryl Eisenberg (casting), Edmund Gaynes (general manager), and Sean Springle (company manager).
Baghdaddy is produced by Charlie Fink and co-produced by Jan Brandt, Abigail E. Disney, and Tim Disney.