Broadway-Aimed Nerds, With Darren Ritchie, Stanley Bahorek, Leslie Kritzer, Diana DeGarmo, Premieres in NC Jan. 18

By Adam Hetrick
January 18, 2013

Darren Ritchie, Stanley Bahorek, Leslie Kritzer and Diana DeGarmo star in the North Carolina Theatre production of Nerds, the new musical about technology giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, which boots-up Jan. 18 at the North Carolina Theatre. 



Marc Bruni (Old Jews Telling Jokes) directs the production that runs through Feb. 3. Nerds received a New York workshop in June 2012. The production is billed as a pre-Broadway engagement, although an official announcement and target season for a Broadway run have not been made.

Nerds has music by Hal Goldberg and book and lyrics by two-time Emmy Award nominees Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (The Bomb-itty of Errors, "Robot Chicken").

Ritchie (Wonderland, Thoroughly Modern Millie) plays Steve Jobs, with Bahorek (Spelling Bee, And Away We Go) as Bill Gates, Kritzer (Elf, Legally Blonde) as Myrtle and DeGarmo (Hair, Hairspray) as Sally.

The cast is completed by Benny Elledge (Chicago) as Steve Wozniak, Rob Morrison (Avenue Q) as Paul Allen, James Moye (Ragtime, The Full Monty) as Tom Watson, Matt Wilson ("Cyberchase") as Herbert and Cole Escola (Jukebox Jackie) as Dustin.

Stanley Bahorek

Here's how it's billed: "Nerds is a cheeky original musical that celebrates the birth of computer technology and the two pop-culture icons, Bill Gates & Steve Jobs, who made it possible. The show follows the lives of the founding fathers of personal computing as they rise from nerds to billionaires, making a mark on history, and defining the golden age of technology."

Nerds has choreography by Denis Jones and music direction by Matt Doebler. The production has scenic design by Lee Savage, lighting design by Jason Lyons, costume design by Alejo Vietti, projection design by Zak Borovay and sound design by Eric Alexander Collins and Brian Hunt. Nadia DiGiallonardo is music supervisor. Orchestrations are by Adam Blau.

Earlier incarnations of Nerds were presented at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival and by the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2007, where it earned Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding New Play.

Carolee Baxter and Lisa Grele Barrie produce the pre-Broadway production in a special arrangement with Vicki Halmos and Carl Levin.

For tickets phone (800) 745-3000 or visit nctheatre.com.