Casting has been announced for the Delaware Theatre Company's musical adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, the tale of a traveling carnival that mysteriously arrives in a small town will be presented September 13–October 8.
Something Wicked features music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and a book by Brian Hill—the team behind Broadway's The Story of My Life.
The cast is led by Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos, Love! Valour! Compassion!) and includes John Francis Babbo, Rob Riddle, Steve Pacek, Jake Blouch, Chase Byrd, Melissa Joy Hart, Cambria Klein, Marian Murphy, Meghan Murphy, Sawyer Nunes, Rajeer Alford, Christopher Sapienza, Joelle Teeter, Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton, Karen Peakes, and Clare O'Malley.
The production will also feature set design by Scott Davis, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Greg Hofmann, sound design by Garth Helm, and projection design by Freckled Sky and Shawn Sagady.
“We were first intrigued by the thriller aspects of Ray Bradbury's novel,” explained librettist Hill in a statement, “but what really attracted us was the deep heart at the center of the wild roller coaster of a story. The mending of a damaged father and son relationship is the emotional glue that holds the whole thing together.”
“Developing a sound for the score of Something Wicked This Way Comes has been a fascinating challenge,” added composer and lyricist Bartram. “Ray Bradbury's text is a goldmine of imagery and poetry, so for the lyrics of the songs it's been a blast to weave his voice into the musical. His writing has a very specific tone that we've tried to maintain as we transition this iconic novel to the stage.”
Tickets, starting at $20, are available at DelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302) 594-1100.