Rehearsals began April 8 toward a May 9 world premiere by Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. Opening on the Mainstage at Playwrights Horizons is June 3. Performances continue to June 22.
Directed by Gary Griffin (Dancing in the Dark, The Color Purple), Saved has music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (The Civilians' Gone Missing and upcoming Paris Commune) and book and lyrics by two-time Olivier Award nominee John Dempsey (The Witches of Eastwick) and Obie Award winner Rinne Groff (The Ruby Sunrise, Showtime's "Weeds"). Choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). It's based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban.
According to Playwrights Horizons, "In Saved, good girl Mary (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and her domineering best friend Hilary Faye (Mary Faber) are starting their senior year at the top of the social food chain at American Eagle Christian High School — that is, until Mary's boyfriend (Aaron Tveit) tells her he thinks he's gay. When Jesus appears in a vision, and Mary heeds his message 'to do everything she can to help him,' her good deeds are met with dire consequences, and Mary is forced to question everything she's ever believed. Through it all, she finds faith in unexpected places and learns what it truly means to be saved."
Saved is being produced by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, with an eye toward a wider life if it finds salvation with critics and audiences. As previously announced, the cast of Saved features Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Misérables), Tony Award nominee John Dossett (Gypsy, Mamma Mia!), Drama Desk Award nominee Julia Murney (The Wild Party, Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and national tour), Mary Faber (Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at Playwrights Horizons, Avenue Q), Josh Breckenridge (The Ritz), Juliana Ashley Hansen (national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie), Curtis Holbrook (Xanadu), Van Hughes (Hairspray), Jason Michael Snow (Fredric in Pirates of Penzance at Goodspeed), Caitlin Summer (Off-Broadway debut, national tour of Urban Cowboy), Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal), Emily Walton (national tour of A Christmas Carol) and Daniel Zaitchik (Kimberly Akimbo).
The Saved design team includes scenic designer Scott Pask (The Coast of Utopia, The Pillowman), costume designer Jess Goldstein (The Rivals) and lighting designer Donald Holder (The Lion King). All three are Tony Award winners. Sound design is by three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Brian Ronan (Grey Gardens, Spring Awakening).
Orchestrations are by Curtis Moore (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin), musical director is Jesse Vargas and music coordinator is John Miller. Production stage manager is Judith Schoenfeld, and stage manager is Michael McGoff.
The performance schedule for Saved will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $70.
A new ticketing initiative created this season, "LIVEforFIVE," makes available a limited number of $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website. The lottery for Saved will be for the first preview on May 9 at 8 PM. Entries for the lottery will be accepted beginning April 30 at 10 AM, with theatergoers filling out an entry form at www.playwrightshorizons.org.
Entries will be accepted until May 6 at noon. Winners of the lottery will be notified via email by May 7 at noon with instructions on how to book their $5 tickets. One or two tickets may be purchased for $5 each. At least 50 tickets will be available for Mainstage shows via the lottery.
For ticket information, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. Playwrights Horizons is at 416 W. 42nd Street in Manhattan.