MCC Theater has announced complete casting for its New York premiere of the new musical Ride the Cyclone, which debuted in the U.S. last year at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Rachel Rockwell returns to direct the Off-Broadway staging.
The new musical, billed as “part tragedy, part comedy,” tells the story of a high school choir that boards a faulty roller coaster with tragic results. Performances are set to begin November 9 with an official opening night set for December 1. The show will continue through December 18 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Ride the Cyclone features a book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell. The cast will feature original Chicago cast members Lillian Castillo, Karl Hamilton, Emily Rohm and Kholby Wardell, joined by Peter Pan Live’s Taylor Louderman, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening star Alex Wyse, Gus Halper, The Last Ship’s Johnny Newcomb and Peter and the Starcatcher’s Emily Walton.
“The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17 PM. At 8:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise,“ read MCC production notes. “A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted - with the promise of a prize like no other. Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical - part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected.“
Ride the Cyclone will feature scenic design by Scott Davis, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting by Greg Hofmann, sound by Garth Helm and projections by Mike Tutaj. Musical supervision is by Doug Peck with musical direction by Remy Kurs.
Tickets are now on sale. For more information visit mcctheater.org.