See Who Will Play Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in Broadway Musical Nerds

News   See Who Will Play Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in Broadway Musical Nerds
 
Tony nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Bryan Fenkart (Memphis) have been tapped to play tech giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, respectively, in the forthcoming Broadway musical Nerds, which begins Broadway previews April 1 at the Longacre Theatre.

The cast will also feature Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) as Sally, Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Wicked) as Myrtle, Benny Elledge (Chicago national tour) as Steve Wozniak, Rob Morrison (Avenue Q) as Paul Allen, and Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde) as Tom Watson; plus Tracee Beazer (Honeymoon in Vegas), Pierce Cassedy (Kinky Boots), Luther Creek (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Joshua Franklin (Ghost the Musical), Katie Lee Hill, Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes) and Bethany Moore (Pippin). 

The official opening night will be April 21. Casey Hushion will direct the show, subtitled A Musical Dot-Comedy, with choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Josh Bergasse.

Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.com. The show's website is NERDSBroadway.com.

The musical, which received 2007 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Original Music, features book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (co-creators of The Bomb-itty of Errors, "Robot Chicken") and music by Hal Goldberg (The Children, Ma Vie En Rosewood).

Rory O'Malley
Rory O'Malley

Here's how it's billed: "Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were Nerds. Join America's favorite geeks—from garage inventors to Silicon Valley mega-billionaires—on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon." According to production notes, "Fittingly, the production will feature the most progressive technology seen on Broadway, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show’s ending, and more special features soon to be announced."

Nerds features scenic design by Lee Savage (Ordinary Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), costume design by Jennifer Caprio (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages, Hand to God) and sound design by Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Bright Star). Orchestrations are by Adam Blau (“Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street”), Matt Doebler is music director, and Nadia DiGiallonardo (Waitress, Pippin) is the music supervisor and arranger. Casting is by Bethany Knox (Hamilton, Something Rotten!), CSA of Telsey + Co.

Nerds will be produced on Broadway by Carl Levin, Vicki Halmos, Elizabeth Williams, Greenleaf Productions and Clear Channel Spectacolor.

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