Nevermore is written, composed and directed by Catalyst Theatre artistic director Jonathan Christenson. Opening night is set for Jan. 25, 2015.
Originally produced by Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton, Canada, in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe's birth (Jan. 19, 1809), Nevermore has toured extensively, including sold-out engagements at London's Barbican Center and New York's New Victory Theatre in 2010. It has been expanded since its first New York appearance in 2010, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script.
Six of the seven original Nevermore cast members will return for this engagement, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker, Garett Ross and Scott Shpeley. Casting for the seventh and final role will be announced at a later date.
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, according to press notes, "is a whimsical and chilling musical play about the enigmatic writer who has fascinated the world for more than a century. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world's most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe's character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe's words 'all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'"
The physical world of Nevermore, including sets, costumes and lighting, is designed by Bretta Gerecke. The production features choreography by Laura Krewski and sound design is by Wade Staples. Nevermore is produced by Radio Mouse Entertainment (M. Kilburg Reedy and Jason E. Grossman), Martin Hummel, Caiola Productions, Terry Schnuck, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Hernreich-Horvath Productions in association with Catalyst Theatre. The associate producers include Fireboat Productions, Carol L. Bixler, and Deepa Desai.
New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. For tickets, priced $75-$95, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. A limited number of $30 rush tickets for each performance will be available for purchase by audience members under 30 years old two hours prior to each performance while supplies last.