Dave Malloy's Preludes Opens Tonight Off-Broadway | Playbill

News Dave Malloy's Preludes Opens Tonight Off-Broadway Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 production of Preludes, the new musical by Dave Malloy, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, officially opens June 15, following previews that began May 23. The world premiere features Tony winners Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) and Gabriel Ebert (Matilda).

Performances of Preludes are set to continue through July 19 at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater.

From the creators of the acclaimed Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the show is inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. The story follows the Russian composer's struggle to overcome writer's block following a disastrous first premiere. Played by Ebert, the young Rachmaninov begins daily sessions with a hypnotist.

Or Matias, Nikki M. James and Gabriel Ebert
Or Matias, Nikki M. James and Gabriel Ebert Photo by Kyle Froman

The cast also features Eisa Davis (Passing Strange), Joseph Keckler (I am an Opera) and Chris Sarandon (Cyrano De Bergerac) as well as Or Matias on the piano, who returns to the team after collaborating on Great Comet of 1812.

The production has a set by Mimi Lien, costumes by Paloma Young, lights by Bradley King, sound by Matt Hubbs, musical direction by Matias and casting by Caparelliotis Casting/Henry Russell Bergstein.

Obie winner Malloy, who recently starred in the acclaimed Ghost Quartet at the McKittrick Hotel, has previous shows that include Three Pianos, Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage, All Hands, Beardo, The Sewers, Sandwich, Clown Bible and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. Fellow Obie winner Chavkin is artistic director at the Brooklyn-based ensemble The TEAM and has directed such Off-Broadway hits as Small Mouth Sounds, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls and The Hatmaker’s Wife.

For more information visit lct.org. The Claire Tow Theater is located at 150 West 65th St.

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