Don Stephenson will direct the musical about American exploration that has a folk-tinged score by Wann (Pump Boys & Dinettes) and a book by Hauptman (Big River). The Great Unknown will run Oct. 5-16.
Hewitt (Dracula, Rocky Horror), who will return to Broadway's Chicago Sept. 13 for a limited run, is cast as Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell. The cast will also include Dan Amboyer as Walter, Kristin Maloney as Emma and Bobby Daye (Shrek) as Somers.
Here's how NYMF describes the musical: "Hoping to inspire and revive a fractured nation, one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell leads a daring expedition of veterans down the Colorado River to the Grand Canyon, in the spring of 1869. Aware of the physical dangers, Major Powell barely anticipates the emotional and spiritual challenges of the trip, leading back to the War. The guide of the expedition is Somers, who escaped from slavery and embraced the new world of the West. Major Powell’s wife Emma Dean, a noted environmentalist of the day, is present in the minds and hearts of both Major Powell and his brother Walter, a survivor of Andersonville prison; as they are in hers."
Liza Gennaro will choreograph The Great Unknown, which will have scenic/prop design by Edward K. Ross, costume design by Martin T. Lopez, lighting design by Christopher E. Edwards and sound design by Daryl Bornstein.
Associate musical director Ritt Henn will lead an on-stage band including Liz Queler, Spiff Wiegand and Robin Daniels. For tickets, priced $20, visit NYMF. The Theatre at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street.