The world premiere of Folk Wandering celebrates its official opening March 4 at A.R.T./New York Theatres Off-Broadway. The new musical, produced by Pipeline Theatre Company, is conceived by Men on Boats playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and Andrew Neisler (Clown Bar) with the collaboration of nine NYC-based composers and lyricists.
The show began performances February 22 and has been extended through March 25. Watch the trailer for the production in the video above.
An exploration of the making and breaking of the American dream across three generations, Folk Wandering weaves tales from tenement Manhattan, the deserts of Utah, and small-town Indiana. The show is billed as “an awakening of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.”
In addition to book and lyrics by Backhaus, the new musical features music by Blake Allen, Mike Brun (music director for Mr. Burns), Andrew R. Butler (Finn the Fearless), Joel Esher (PharmaBro: an American Douchical!), Alex Fast (The Drawer Boy), Jo Lampert (Joan of Arc: Into The Fire), Barrie McLain (you’ll still call me by name), Annie Tippe (director, Ghost Quartet), and Dominique Toney (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
Neisler directs a cast made up of Kim Blanck (Little Match Girl Passion), Butler, who is also one of the composers, Seth Clayton (The Madrid), DeMone (Ragtime), Adrian Blake Enscoe (Billy and the Killers), Morgan Siobhan Green (Sweetee), Lena Hudson (You on the Moors Now), Kate Loprest (First Date), Dan Tracy (Once national tour), Jordan Tyson (Sweetee), and Nicole Weiss (The Imbible).
Folk Wandering features arrangements by Brun and Esher, with orchestrations by Brun, and additional orchestrations by Allen. The production has music direction by Ellen Winter (36 Questions), set design by Carolyn Mraz (Thomas Paine in Violence), lighting design by Christopher Bowser (Secret Supper: The Musical), costume design by Heather McDevitt Barton (Of Government), sound design by Jim Petty of Five OHM Productions (Noise), prop design by Emmie Finckel (KPOP), production management by Jenny Beth Snyder (Beardo), and stage management by Kristy Bodall (Ghost Quartet). Casting is by Telsey + Company/Lauren Harris.
A.R.T/New York Theatres is located at 502 W. 53rd Street, Manhattan. Click here for tickets.