Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre has set dates for the previously announced New York premiere of Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Gregory Pierce.
A co-production with Arlington’s Signature Theatre, where it had its world premiere last year, Kid Victory will begin previews February 1, 2017, and open February 22. Kander is known for his longtime collaboration with the late lyricist Fred Ebb, with whom he wrote Cabaret, Chicago, and 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.
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. No casting has been announced.
The production will feature 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.
The Vineyard season will continue with new plays This Day Forward by Nicky Silver and Can You Forgive Her? by Gina Gionfriddo.
In 2017 the Vineyard will stage Silver’s This Day Forward, a new comedy about love, marriage, and the secrets of one’s past, directed by Mark Brokaw. The production will be followed by a staging of Can You Forgive Her? by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Gionfriddo. Directed by Peter DuBois, the play is billed as a “timely story of complicated lost souls grappling with the costs of love, money and the American Dream.”
See highlights from the world premiere of Kid Victory below.