The Adventures of Tom Sawyer's director Scott Ellis (center) poses with some friends at the new musical's opening night party April 26. They are (left to right) director-choreographer Rob Marshall, Victor Garber, Ellis' brother Bruce, Debra Monk and John DeLuca.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, based on the Mark Twain novel of the same name, features Joshua Park as the boy on the brink of manhood in pre-Civil War Missouri, who lives with his Aunt Polly (Linda Purl), finds love and adventure with Becky (Kristen Bell) and generally gets in and out of trouble with his gang of friends, including Huckleberry Finn (Jim Poulos). Grammy winner Don Schlitz crafted the score with a book by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). Scott Ellis directs the new musical, currently playing at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.