The work began previews Jan. 25 and opened Feb. 12 at the downtown venue for a run originally scheduled through March 2. The production now extends two weeks "due to strong ticket sales and on the strength of reviews that praise the musical," according to an announcement. Bob McGrath directs and John Carrafa choreographs.
Following the successes of previous musicals (Avenue Q and [title of show]), the Vineyard presents this new stage work featuring music by Mulcahy with a libretto and drawings by Katchor.
"Set in and around Manhattan and on a tropical factory-island of exploited workers," as press notes reveal, The Slug Bearers... was "inspired by the tradition of the "picture reciter, a form of live entertainment from 17th-century India." Katchor's drawings form the animated background for the unique new musical with Mulcahy's indie-rock score. The work was first presented in New York City at The Kitchen in March 2004.
Tony Award-nominated actor Peter Friedman (Ragtime, Twelve Angry Men, "The Savages") stars as Dr. Rushower in an ensemble that also features Bobby Steggert (110 in the Shade), Stephen Lee Anderson (Floyd Collins) and Tom Riis Farrell (Coram Boy). Jody Flader and Will Swensen round out the cast.
The design team features Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg (set and projections), Mattie Ullrich (costumes), Russell H. Champa (lighting) and David Arnold and Brett Jarvis (sound). Erik James handles musical direction.
For tickets to The Slug Bearers... at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street, call (212) 353-0303 or visit vineyardtheatre.org.