Bobby Steggert, Eisa Davis, Jonathan Hammond, Charlayne Woodard Cast in Premiere of The Nightingale Musical

Complete cast and creative team have been announced for the La Jolla Playhouse's upcoming production of the new Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical The Nightingale.

Bobby Steggert
Bobby Steggert (Photo by Christian Coulson)

Directed by Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman, the production runs July 10-Aug. 5 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

The musical from the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening features book and lyrics by Sater and music by Sheik.

The cast includes Serra Mesa resident Nikki Castillo as “Nightingale,” Obie Award winner Eisa Davis as “Fisherwoman,” Matthew Patrick Davis as “Lieutenant Eunuch,” Kimiko Glenn as “Princess Ssu-Ming,” Steve Gunderson as “Chief Eunuch,” Jonathan Hammond as the “Emperor,” Corbin Reid as “Feiyan,” Aaron Serotsky as “Minister of State,” Bobby Steggert as “Young Emperor,” Tony Award nominee Charlayne Woodard as “Empress Dowager,” and ensemble members Chelsea Diggs-Smith and Zach Martens.

The creative team also includes choreographer Dan Knechtges, music director Lon Hoyt, scenic designer Derek McLane, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer David Lander, sound designer Cricket S. Myers, puppet designer Chris Green and dramaturg Gabriel Greene.

A contemporary musical based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Nightingale, according to press notes, tells the story of "a young emperor in ancient China, whose luxurious but constricted life inside the walls of the Forbidden City is upended by the song of an extraordinary bird that lives beyond his reach."

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