From the producers who brought Wicked, Billy Elliot and Bring It On to Broadway, October Sky, a musical adaptation of the 1999 film about boys, rockets, and big dreams, will be staged Aug. 19-Oct. 11 and opening on Aug. 26.
Based on the film, as well as the book "Rocket Boys" by Homer H. Hickam, Jr, October Sky is written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler. It follows a teenage boy living in a small, coal-mining town and his determination to not end up like the generations before him. With his friends, they build home-made rockets and release them, along with their dreams and aspirations, into the sky.
Watch the below clips featuring extracts of brand new songs
"Big Creek Missile Agency"
"If We Get It Right"
"Look to the Stars"
"Make a Little Money"
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Rockwell directs and choreographs a cast led by Nate Lewellyn as Homer Hickam along with Johanna McKenzie Miller as Miss Riley, Alex Weisman as Quentin, Ben Barker as O’Dell and Patrick Rooney as Roy Lee.
The cast also features Jameson Cooper, Neil Friedman, Terry Hamilton, Derek Hasenstab, David Lively, Liam Quealy, Caleb Baze, Dara Cameron, J Michael Finley, Jess Grider, Joan Hess, James Earl Jones II, Patrick Lane, Eliza Palasz, Jonny Stein, Betsy Stewart and Elizabeth Telford.
"This is a story set in a town that lives and dies by the coal mine, with real struggles and real triumphs,” Rockwell said in an earlier press statement. “These boys were intrigued by something that most people in America had no experience with and somewhat feared – rockets going into space. We want to make audiences feel like they are part of this community as they experience this volatile time in small town America. It is a really inspirational story.”
The production will feature set design by Tom Ryan, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Bob Gilmartin, properties design by Mealah Heidenreich, dialect coaching by Jill Walmsley Zager, musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood and orchestrations by David Siegel.
To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634-0200 or visit MarriottTheatre for more information.