Himself and Nora, a new musical that chronicles the love story between celebrated writer James Joyce and his muse, Nora Barnacle, officially opens June 6 Off-Broadway. Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) and Jersey Boys’ Matt Bogart star as the literary lovers.
The show, which began performances May 14 and is directed by Michael Bush, features a book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle.
The cast also includes Michael McCormick (Chaplin), Zachary Prince (Honeymoon In Vegas), Lianne Marie Dobbs (A Tree Grows In Brooklyn), Gary Troy and Victoria Huston-Elem (The Addams Family). Performances take place at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
“It was one of the world's great romances. She was the country girl from Galway whose burning sexuality and acerbic wit inspired the genius of James Joyce,” state production notes. “Himself and Nora is a passionate musical that reveals the private life of one of modern literature's most controversial figures and illustrates the untold story of Joyce's lifelong love and muse, Nora.”
The production features musical direction by James Sampliner, choreography by Kelli Barclay, set design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Keith Caggiano. Casting is by Geoff Josselson, general management by DR Theatrical Management, production management by Production Core and production stage management by CJ LaRoche.
Himself and Nora is produced by Cherie King and executive-produced by R. Erin Craig.
(Updated June 6)