Brave New World Musical Will Make World Premiere in May | Playbill

News Brave New World Musical Will Make World Premiere in May John McDaniel and Bill Russell are among the musical's creators.
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North Carolina Stage Company (NC Stage) will present the world premiere of Brave New World, the new musical based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley.

Performances at the Asheville venue are scheduled for May 11-June 15. Southern Comfort's Thomas Caruso will direct with choreography by Ryan Kasprzak.

The musical, which is being developed for future commercial productions, has a book by Ben Andron (White’s Lies, Broken Snow, Breaking Bobby Stone); music by Jonnie Rockwell (The Anthem Off-Broadway) and Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel (Broadway music director and supervisor credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn); and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show).

Charlie Flynn-McIver, artistic director and co-founder of NC Stage stated, “We’re really lucky to have a local theatre scene that has created the kind of confidence that New York producers have now tapped into several times to help birth their creative projects. NC Stage is thrilled to help bring this musical to life for the first time on a stage!”

Brave New World, according to press notes, is described as such: "Enter the World State, where the population is chemically engineered, technologies control emotions, and perpetual happiness is just a small pill away. There are reservations beyond these borders where savages still live according to the ‘old’ ways, fenced-in with no knowledge of this perfect new world. One man is given special permission to leave and experience the wonders of civilization. Two worlds collide in Huxley's provocative story about love, humanity, and loss, set against the backdrop of a place where the most dangerous offense is an original thought."

Tickets are available by calling (828) 239-0263 or visiting

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