Casting is complete for the new musical Trevor, which will begin previews October 25 prior to an official opening November 10 at Off-Broadway's Stage 42.
The company will be led by 13-year-old Holden William Hagelberger from Sugarland, Texas, in the title role. His casting follows a national virtual casting call with over 1,300 submissions.
Trevor casting director Merri Sugarman said, “Between the virtual open call, agent and manager submissions, extensive outreach, and casting's vast files that have been expanding since the very first Trevor: The Musical workshop six years ago, we probably saw close to 2,000 kids for the show, and hundreds strictly for the title role. We knew we were looking for a purple unicorn. That somehow this beautiful, extraordinarily talented boy found his way to us against all odds is beyond thrilling.”
Hagelberger will be joined by Mark Aguirre, Aaron Alcaraz, Ava Briglia, Sammy Dell, Ellie Kim, Colin Konstanty, Diego Lucano, Alyssa Emily Marvin, Isabel A. Medina, Echo Deva Picone, Brandi Porter, Dan Rosales, Aryan Simhadri, Yasmeen Sulieman, Sally Wilfert, and Jarrod Zimmerman.
Based on an original story by Celeste Lecesne and Peggy Rajski's Oscar-winning short film, Trevor features a book and lyrics by Dan Collins (Southern Comfort) and music by Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort) with direction by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and choreography by Josh Prince (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).
The musical, which premiered in Chicago at Writers Theatre, concerns the highly imaginative 13-year-old Trevor, who struggles to navigate his own identity and determine how he fits in a challenging world as he deals with becoming a teenager. The musical was in rehearsals ahead of its New York premiere when theatres shut down last spring.
The creative team also includes scenic designer Donyale Werle, costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, sound designers Brian Ronan and Cody Spencer, music director Matt Deitchman, and orchestrator Greg Pliska with casting by Tara Rubin Casting. Producers are Roy Furman, John Ambrosino, Josie Bray, and Mark Woods.
The Trevor Project, founded by Rajski, Randy Stone, and Lecesne, was created as a result of the Trevor film and is not affiliated with the musical.