This is a rare case of a resident Equity theatre staging two new musicals in full productions in rep. The Tony Award-honored Signature bills the Signature commission initiative as the American Musical Voices Project: Next Generation "World Premiere Repertory Series." The eight-week schedule plays in the Signature's MAX space.
Heading the cast of The Boy Detective Fails by librettist Joe Meno and composer-lyricist Adam Gwon are Helen Hayes Award winner Stephen Gregory Smith (Signature's Les Miserables, 110 in the Shade) as the Boy Detective and Anika Larsen (Broadway's Avenue Q and Xanadu on Broadway) as Penny.
Here's a first look at the show:
The Boy Detective Fails, With Anika Larsen and Stephen Gregory Smith, Premieres at the Signature
Performances of both shows will play every Saturday and Sunday "to provide audience members the opportunity to see both in one day."
The Hollow (Aug. 23-Oct.16) is directed by Signature Theatre's associate artistic director Matthew Gardiner. The Boy Detective Fails (Aug. 25-Oct. 16) is directed by Signature Theatre artistic associate Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J, Signature's Urinetown and Assassins).
The Boy Detective Fails is based on the Joe Meno novel of the same name. According to Signature, "In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, 'boy detective,' is brokenhearted to discover his young sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age 30, returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover a world full of unimaginable strangeness."
The Signature's 22nd season includes five world premieres. For more information, visit signature-theatre.org.