Previews begin February 1 at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre for the New York premiere of Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Gregory Pierce.
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, a veteran of Kander’s musicals, stars in the role of Eileen. The cast also includes Ann Arvia (Mary Poppins), Joel Blum (Steel Pier), Brandon Flynn (Thirteen Reasons Why), Daniel Jenkins (Big River), Dee Roscioli (Wicked) and Blake Zolfo (The Lightning Thief), as well as Laura Darrell (Frozen Live), and Jeffry Denman (White Christmas), who performed in the Signature staging.
Kid Victory features a story by Kander and Pierce, music by Kander, and book and lyrics by Pierce. The story follows 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his small Kansas town following a one-year absence. Liesl Tommy returns to direct.
A co-production with Arlington’s Signature Theatre, where it had its world premiere last year, Kid Victory is scheduled to open February 22. Kander is known for his longtime collaboration with the late lyricist Fred Ebb, with whom he wrote Cabaret, Chicago, and many other musicals. Ebb died in 2004 and Kander has spent most of the last decade completing shows they were working on, including Curtains, The Visit, and The Scottsboro Boys, all of which were done on Broadway.
Ziemba, who won the 2000 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Contact, previously starred in Kander musicals Curtains, Steel Pier, Chicago and The World Goes ’Round. She was seen on Broadway most recently in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway.
The production features choreography by Christopher Windom, scenic design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed), costumes by Jacob Climer (Informed Consent), lighting by David Weiner (Vineyard’s This Beautiful City), and sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (After Midnight). David Loud (The Scottsboro Boys) serves as music supervisor, Michael Starobin (Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George) as orchestrator, and Jesse Kissel (The Visit) as music director.
See highlights from the Virginia world premiere of Kid Victory below.
(Updated February 1. 2017)