Complete Casting Announced for World Premiere of New Musical Fortress of Solitude, Beginning in September at Public Theater

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18 Aug 2014

Adam Chanler-Berat
Adam Chanler-Berat

Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical The Fortress of Solitude, which will begin previews Sept. 30 prior to an official opening Oct. 22 at The Public Theater.

Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, the production will continue through Nov. 2.

The cast will feature Ken Barnett (Abraham Ebdus); Kyle Beltran (Mingus); Adam Chanler-Berat (Dylan); André de Shields (Senior); Carla Duren (Marilla); Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lala, Abby); Jahi Kearse (Raf, Henry, Desmond, Jared); Kevin Mambo (Junior); Malaiyka Reid (Swing); Noah Ricketts (Swing); David Rossmer (Arthur); Conor Ryan (Radio Guy, Mike, Gabe); Kristen Sieh (Rachel Ebdus); Britton Smith (Subtle Distinction); Brian Tyree Henry (Robert) Akron Watson (Subtle Distinction); Alison Whitehurst (Skater Girl, Liza); and Juson Williams (Subtle Distinction).

The Fortress of Solitude has a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, the new musical is described as "the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly."

It is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center.

The production will also have scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz, projection design by Jeff Sugg and hair and wig design by Leah Loukas.

Single tickets, starting at $80, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.