Cast Set for American Premiere of New Musical Maybe Happy Ending, Directed by Michael Arden

Regional News   Cast Set for American Premiere of New Musical Maybe Happy Ending, Directed by Michael Arden
Performances will begin at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in January 2020.
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Casting has been announced for The Alliance Theatre’s American premiere of the new musical Maybe Happy Ending, which will play the Coca-Cola Stage January 21–February 16, 2020.

Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening), the Atlanta cast will feature Kenny Tran (Vietgone, Men with Money) as Oliver, Cathy Ang (We are the Tigers, KPOP) as Claire, Dez Duron (The Voice) as Gil Brentley, and John D. Haggerty (You Never Touched the Dirt, Henry VI) as Man.

Kenny Tran
Kenny Tran

Maybe Happy Ending, which has a book and music by Will Aronson and a book and lyrics by Hue Park, is set in the not-too-distant future in Seoul, Korea, where two obsolete helper-bots are living an isolated existence in a robots-only housing complex on the edge of the city. When the two discover each other in the hall, they have a surprising connection that challenges what they believe is possible for themselves, relationships, and love.

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“I am so thrilled to be working with these incredible artists to bring the work of Park and Aronson to audiences,” said director Arden. “It’s a beautiful and human story that reflects how when you sign up to love someone, you in turn must sign up to lose them. I can’t wait for audiences to experience this incredible piece, led by this sensational company of actors.”

The production will also have scenic design by Dane Laffrey (Once On this Island), costume design by Clint Ramos (The Rose Tattoo, Eclipsed), lighting design by Travis Hagenbuch, projections design by Sven Ortel (Newsies the Musical), sound design by Peter Hylenski (Beetlejuice, Once On This Island), and music direction by Deborah K. Abramson.

Written in two versions—English-language and Korean-language—the Korean-language version had its world premiere in Seoul, Korea, in 2016, where it won six Korean Musical Awards including Best Book, Lyrics, and Music. The English-language version was awarded the 2017 Richard Rodgers Production Award.

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