Broadway Will Welcome Glory Days Musical

News   Broadway Will Welcome Glory Days Musical The plan to move the well-reviewed coming-of-age pop musical Glory Days to Broadway is now official: The show about four young men reuniting a year after high school will begin previews at Circle in the Square April 22, toward a May 6 opening.

Glory Days stars Andrew C. Call and Jesse JP Johnson.
Glory Days stars Andrew C. Call and Jesse JP Johnson. Photo by Scott Suchman

Producers confirmed the booking March 26, though dates had been revealed and tickets sold in an internet pre-sale in recent days. The ink is now dry to announce Eric Schaeffer (Putting It Together) will again direct the show he shepherded earlier this year in a world premiere at his Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. The Washington Post raved about the fresh-faced intimate musical written by the team of 23-year-old newcomers Nick Blaemire (music and lyrics) and James Gardiner (book).

The Signature premiere featured actors Steven Booth, Andrew C. Call, Adam Halpin and Jesse JP Johnson, who will repeat their work on Broadway.

The 90-minute intermissionless musical will be produced by John O'Boyle, Ricky Stevens, Richard E. Leopold and Lizzie Leopold, and Max Productions in association with Signature Theatre.

It is the Helen Hayes Award-winning Signature's first transfer to Broadway.

"Glory Days is the story of four best friends who reunite a year after high school graduation, only to find how much they have grown apart," according to the producers. "As they attempt to understand each other’s differences, they soon realize that nothing can compare to the glory days of high school when life was simpler. Set to a vibrant score, Glory Days is a witty, unflinching look at four guys who refuse to be defined by generational stereotypes as they struggle to find their place in the world." The creative team also includes James Kronzer (scenic design), Sasha Ludwig-Siegel (costume design), Mark Lanks (lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (sound design). Vocal arrangements are by Nick Blaemire and Jesse Vargas. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Jesse Vargas.

Blaemire is an actor, currently appearing in Broadway's Cry-Baby.

Circle in the Square Theatre has been vacant since The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ended its award-winning run in January.

Glory Days will be ineligible for 2007-08 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards since the April 22 first preview is after the respective organizations' nominating deadlines. The show's May 6 opening night date meets the Tony Award eligibility requirement for this season.

Tickets are $97.50 (includes $1.50 facilities fee) and are available from Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com, or in-person at the Circle in the Square Theatre box office, 235 W. 50th Street, between Broadway & Eighth Avenues). Box office opens March 30.

Subject to availability, a limited quantity of $26.50 student rush tickets will be sold on the day of the performance, in-person at the box office only (limit of two tickets per person, with valid student ID).

For more information, visit http://www.GloryDaysBroadway.com.

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Here is the upcoming performance schedule:

  • April 22-27: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM; Saturday matinee at 2 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM and Sunday early evening at 7 PM.
  • April 28-May 4: Monday at 8 PM; Tuesday-no performance; Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM; Saturday matinee at 2 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM and Sunday early evening at 7 PM.
  • May 5-11: Monday at 8 PM; Tuesday-Opening Night at 6:45PM; Wednesday-no performance; Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM; Saturday matinee at 2 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM and Sunday early evening at 7 PM.
  • Beginning May 12: Monday at 8 PM; Tuesday-no performance; Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM; Saturday matinee at 2 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM and Sunday early evening at 7 PM. There will be no performance Memorial Day Monday. May 26. A performance has been added on Tuesday, May 27 at 8 PM.

  • The cast of <i>Glory Days</i> at the Signature Theatre.
    The cast of Glory Days at the Signature Theatre. Photo by Scott Suchman