Are you ready to be the best you you can be? Playbill has a 1st look at the new musical Lizard Boy, which began performances Off-Broadway June 1.
If you followed our coverage of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you'll remember Lizard Boy: the inventive, comic book inspired coming of age musical that received an honorable mention for our favorite shows of the festival.
With book, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas, the production features original stars Huertas, Kiki deLohr, and William A. Williams. Understudies include Kai An Chee (Mr. Holland’s Opus), Milo J. Marami (A Chorus Line), and Jacob Ryan Smith (Hamster & Gretel).
Following Trevor, a man who has lizard skin due to an unusual childhood incident, the musical takes audiences on his journey of finding acceptance and empowerment as he goes on a Grindr date, encounters an old classmate, and is pushed to be a hero—for himself and the world. Playing Theatre Row, opening night is set for June 14. The strictly limited engagement will run through July 1.
Brandon Ivie, responsible for the cult hit Jasper in Deadland, leads the creative team, which also includes music director Steven Tran. The design team includes scenic adaptor/environmental designer Suzu Sakai, costume designer Erik Andor, lighting designer Brian Tovar, sound designer Kevin Heard, and projection designer Katherine Freer with original production design by L.B. Morse. The production stage manager is Victoria Whooper, the assistant stage manager is Josh-Andrew Wisdom, the associate director is Cara Hinh, and the assistant music director is Keiji Ishiguri.
Lizard Boy is the winner of six 2021 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Entire Production, Best Stage Direction, and Best Ensemble. The original cast recording is available online.
The Off-Broadway production is produced by Prospect Theatre Company, with special arrangement from Creative Endeavor Office (Carolyn D. Miller & Matthew J. Schneider), Blair Russell, Dawn Smalberg, and Bev Ragovoy.
For more information, visit ProspectTheater.org/LizardBoy.