"Like a Rolling Stone": Tharp's Dylan Musical Opens on Broadway

News   "Like a Rolling Stone": Tharp's Dylan Musical Opens on Broadway The songs of Bob Dylan fill Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre as Twyla Tharp's new musical The Times They Are A-Changin’ officially opens Oct. 26. Following a world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe, the musical began previews Sept. 25.
Michael Arden and Thom Sesma in The Times They are A-Changin'
Michael Arden and Thom Sesma in The Times They are A-Changin' Photo by Bruce Glikas

James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig/Warren Trepp, Debra Black, East of Doheny, Rick Steiner/ Mayerson Bell Group, Terry Allen Kramer, Patrick Catullo and Jon B. Platt/ Roland Sturm produce.

Original Old Globe stars Michael Arden (Big River, Swimming in the Shallows, Bare) and Thom Sesma (Man of La Mancha, Nick & Nora, La Cage Aux Folles) have been joined on Broadway by Lisa Brescia (The Woman in White, Aida).

Movin' Out veteran John Selya appears in the ensemble with Lisa Gajda (Spamalot, Movin' Out), Neil Haskell, Jason McDole, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges (Movin' Out), Jonathan Nosan and Ron Todorowski. Alex Brady, Lisa Brescia, John Herrera, Alaine Kashian, Keith Kuhl, Marty Lawson, Joseph Putignano, Cary Tedder and Jason Wooten complete the company.

Billed as "a fresh exploration of the timeless tale of a young man's coming of age," The Times They Are A-Changin' is "set within a low-rent traveling circus run by Capt. Ahrab (Sesma), whose wagon hasn't moved from its location in some time — though not by lack of effort from his ragtag band of clowns and performers," according to previous production notes. "One such circus performer is Cleo (Brescia), a young woman exploited by Capt. Ahrab and loved by his son, Coyote (Arden). Coyote longs for a world outside the confines of the family business, and as the circus show plays out, he must decide whether to flee or stay, and if he does stay, how to inspire change within the troupe."

The song list includes "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Just Like a Woman," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Everything Is Broken," "Desolation Row," "Rainy Day Women," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," "Masters of War," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Please, Mrs. Henry," "On a Night Like This," "Lay Lady Lay," "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Summer Days," "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Not Dark Yet," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Maggie's Farm," "I Believe in You," "Dignity," and "Forever Young." The design team for The Times They Are A-Changin' comprises Santo Loquasto (scenic and costume), Donald Holder (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound). Musical direction is by Henry Aronson. Orchestrations are by Dylan and Michael Dansicker — who also provides musical adaptation and supervision.

Tickets for The Times They Are A-Changin' at the Brooks Atkinson, 256 West 47 Street are available by calling (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit the show's website at www.timestheyareachangin.com.

Michael Arden, Lisa Gajda and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges in <i>The Times They are A-Changin'</i>.
Michael Arden, Lisa Gajda and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges in The Times They are A-Changin'. Photo by Bruce Glikas