World Premiere of Brave New World: The Musical Begins Today

News   World Premiere of Brave New World: The Musical Begins Today Justin Matthew Sargent stars in the North Carolina production.
Justin Matthew Sargent
Justin Matthew Sargent Joseph Marzullo/WENN

North Carolina Stage Company (NC Stage) presents the world premiere of Brave New World: The Musical May 11-June 5.

Justin Matthew Sargent (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages) leads a cast that includes Robby Haltiwanger (Ghost: The Musical national tour), Marissa O’Donnell (Shrek The Musical), Jason Edward Cook (Drop Dead Perfect) and Robin Skye (Parade). They are joined by Tyler McKenzie, Billy Steeves, Kaylor Otwell, Blake Logan, Alice Eacho, Maria Buchanan, Marthaluz Valez and Sean Michael Jaenicke.

In Brave New World, according to press notes, "World Controller Thomas Mond (Justin Sargent) must maintain order when two of his genetically superior citizens, Lenina and Bernard (Marisa O'Donnell and Jason Edward Cook) leave their chemically engineered utopia to explore a savage reservation. The two return with a mysterious savage, John (Robby Haltiwanger), and his even more mysterious mother, Linda (Robin Skye), in tow. Unbeknownst to them, the very existence of John and Linda will rock the foundations of Controller Mond's World State."

The musical, which is being developed for future commercial productions, has a book by Ben Andron (White’s Lies, Broken Snow, Breaking Bobby Stone); music by Jonnie Rockwell (The Anthem Off-Broadway) and Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel (Broadway music director and supervisor credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn); and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show).

The production also has direction by Thomas Caruso (Southern Comfort), original choreography by Ryan Kasprzak (Southern Comfort; So You Think You Can Dance) and musical direction by Brad Simmons (Lysistrata Jones). Joining this creative team are a crew of local designers, including Andrew Manion (set), CJ Barnwell (lights), George Martinat (costumes), Matt Nielson (sound), Jessica Tandy Kammerud (props) and Aaron Price (assistant to music department).

Tickets are available by calling (828) 239-0263 or visiting ncstage.org.

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