October Sky Musical Sets Cast for World Premiere

News   October Sky Musical Sets Cast for World Premiere The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, and Universal Stage Productions have announced the cast of the world premiere of October Sky, a musical adaptation of the 1999 film about boys, rockets, and big dreams. Among them are Broadway actors David Hess (Sweeney Todd, Annie Get Your Gun) as John Hickam and Susan Moniz (Grease) as Elsie Hickam.

From the producers that brought Wicked, Billy Elliot and Bring It On to Broadway, the new musical will be staged Aug. 19-Oct. 11 and opening on Aug. 26.

Based on the film, as well as the book "Rocket Boys" by Homer H. Hickam, Jr, October Sky is written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler. It follows a teenage boy living in a small, coal-mining town and his determination to not end up like the generations before him. With his friends, they build home-made rockets and release them, along with their dreams and aspirations, into the sky.

Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell directs and choreographs a cast that is led by Nate Lewellyn as Homer Hickam (Godspell at The Marriott Theatre) along with Johanna McKenzie Miller as Miss Riley (The Marriott Theatre’s On the Town), Alex Weisman as Quentin (The History Boys at TimeLine Theatre), Ben Barker as O’Dell (Les Misérables at Paramount Theatre) and Patrick Rooney as Roy Lee (Les Misérables at Paramount Theatre).

The cast also features Jameson Cooper, Neil Friedman, Terry Hamilton, Derek Hasenstab, David Lively, Liam Quealy, Caleb Baze, Dara Cameron, J Michael Finley, Jess Grider, Joan Hess, James Earl Jones II, Patrick Lane, Eliza Palasz, Jonny Stein, Betsy Stewart and Elizabeth Telford.

"This is a story set in a town that lives and dies by the coal mine, with real struggles and real triumphs,” Rockwell said in a press statement. “These boys were intrigued by something that most people in America had no experience with and somewhat feared – rockets going into space.  We want to make audiences feel like they are part of this community as they experience this volatile time in small town America. It is a really inspirational story.” The production will feature set design by Tom Ryan, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Bob Gilmartin, properties design by Mealah Heidenreich, dialect coaching by Jill Walmsley Zager, musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood and orchestrations by David Siegel.

To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634-0200 or go to TicketMaster. Visit MarriottTheatre for more information.

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