The new romantic musical comedy begins previews on Broadway Nov. 20 at the Imperial Theatre with an official opening slated for Dec. 7. Tickets can currently be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or online at through topfivebreakups.com.
Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity) directs the new musical based on the Nick Hornby novel which played a pre-Broadway tryout at Boston's Colonial Theatre Sept. 26-Oct. 22.
High Fidelity follows the story of record store owner Rob (and constant Top 5 listmaker) who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find out where he went wrong.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) penned the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyrics by Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle).
Colella plays the recently estranged girlfriend Laura to Chase's Rob. The cast also includes Christian Anderson (Avenue Q, Rent) and Jay Klaitz (The Notebook at Manhattan Theatre Source) as music buffs/record store employees Dick and Barry, respectively. Rachel Stern (Tarzan) portrays gal pal Liz while Emily Swallow (Measure For Pleasure, Orange Lemon Egg Canary), Kirsten Wyatt (Urinetown) and Anne Warren (Hairspray) play women from Rob's many failed romances. Jeb Brown (Ring of Fire, Aida) appears as neighbor Ian. Jon Patrick Walker (White Liars and Black Comedy) is also featured in the ensemble with Justin Brill (All Shook Up), Andrew C. Call (Altar Boyz), Matt Caplan (Rent), Paul Castree, George Merrick, Tom Plotkin and J.B. Wing.
Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz) choreographs the musical. The design team for High Fidelity features Anna Louizos (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).
The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) and starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The Broadway musical is set in New York's Brooklyn.
Chase has starred on Broadway in Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. He was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.
Colella scooted her boots on Broadway in the musical version of Urban Cowboy. The actress — who starred in the world premiere of the upcoming Broadway Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan musical The Times They Are A-Changin' at San Diego's Old Globe — also appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Slut.
High Fidelity will play at the Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Ave.).