The new Broadway musical Head Over Heels, which officially opened July 26 at the Hudson Theatre, ends its run January 6, 2019, having played 188 regular performances and 37 previews.
Directed by Michael Mayer and featuring a score by the all-female 80s rock band The Go-Go’s, Head Over Heels began Broadway previews June 23, following a San Francisco out-of-town try-out earlier this year.
The cast features Jeremy Kushnier (Paramour), Rachel York (Disaster!), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Peppermint (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Bonnie Milligan (the national tour of Kinky Boots), and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King).
Head Over Heels tells an updated take on Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, rife with dramatic irony, comical courtship, and mistaken identity. James Magruder is the writer of the Broadway adaptation, which is based on an original book written by Avenue Q Tony winner Jeff Whitty for the musical's 2015 premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Head Over Heels includes 18 hits by The Go Go’s (Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin), including “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels,” as well as Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
Broadway Licensing has acquired the amateur and professional licensing rights to the musical, with plans to release the title for production in 2019.
Rounding out the company are ensemble members Amber Ardolino, Yurel Echezarreta, Ari Groover, Tanya Haglund, Gregory Liles, Samantha Pollino, Justin Prescott, and Ricardo A. Zayas.
Gwyneth Paltow produces, having spearheaded a series of revisions and workshops following the 2015 world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Producing alongside her are Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch, Christine Russell, Louise Gund, Scott Sigman, Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdahy, and Jordan Roth.