Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new children's musical The Civil War as the 25th anniversary production of its annual Free Summer Theatre Program. Opening is July 18 at 6:30 PM following previews that began July 15.
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, performances will continue at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) through Aug. 16.
The Civil War features book and additional lyrics by Arthur Perlman with arrangements and additional music by Jeff Lunden.
The cast includes Adam Fontana as Will, Max Kumangai as Zac, Alyse Alan Louis as Jackie, Jim Stanek as Johnny and Michael Thomas Walker as Sarge. Understudies are Zach Bencal, Sara Glancy and Aaron Wright.
The musical, according to press notes, "is the story of people from different backgrounds fighting for the future of the nation - both sides believing they are fighting for freedom. Incorporating traditional songs from the period and many different character perspectives, this historical musical brings to life for the next generation of young people a major event in the history of our country."
The production has choreography by Tracy Bersley, scenic design by Kevin Judge, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander and sound design by Carl Casella. Logan Culwell serves as music director, and the production stage manager is Byron F. Abens.
Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA's Free Summer Theatre Program is "to provide New York City youth with their own theatre tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive values and an appreciation for theatre." This summer 15,000 free tickets will be distributed.
New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn serves as the Honorary Chair of this year's Free Summer Theatre Program.
Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day's performances are distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four tickets per adult per day.
Show times are Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM and 1 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.
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