The West Coast premiere of October Sky, a musical about American teens in the early days of space flight, will play San Diego’s Old Globe beginning September 10. Watch the cast in rehearsals above.
Inspired by the 1999 Universal Pictures film and Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., October Sky features a book by Drama Desk nominee Brian Hill (The Story of My Life) and Aaron Thielen (Hero) and a score by Michael Mahler (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). The musical is directed and choreographed by Joseph Jefferson Award winner Rachel Rockwell and produced in association with Universal Stage Productions.
Kyle Selig, seen on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, will star as Homer Hickam; here he sings the song “Look to the Stars.”
Performances will continue through October 23, and opening night is set for September 22. Read more about the cast here.
“In the sleepy town of Coalwood, West Virginia, school is just something you do until you’re old enough to work in the coal mines,” according to press notes. “After the Soviets launch the Sputnik rocket, a local high schooler named Homer decides to enter a rocketry competition against the wishes of his domineering, practical-minded dad. With the help of his friends and the local community, he just might light up the night. October Sky is a musical slice of small-town Americana packed with youthful exuberance that will send your heart soaring and inspire you to reach for the stars.”
For more information and tickets, visit TheOldGlobe.org.