Hartung Cast in 2006 World Premiere Musical, Hearts Are Wild, in Pittsburgh

News   Hartung Cast in 2006 World Premiere Musical, Hearts Are Wild, in Pittsburgh
The world premiere of the rock musical Hearts Are Wild at City Theatre in Pittsburgh will feature real-life married couple Ben Evans and Julie Dingman Evans, in the roles of the lovers, and Broadway's Billy Hartung playing multiple characters.

City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden will direct the show, which has original music and lyrics by George Griggs and book by Darrah Cloud.

Hearts Are Wild plays Jan. 26-Feb. 19, 2006, on City Theatre's 272-seat mainstage.

Developed at City Theatre and workshopped at the theatre's festival, "Momentum 05: New Plays at Different Stages," Hearts Are Wild will feature a cast of four singer-actors and a three-piece band comprised of electric guitar, bass and drums.

According to City Theatre, "In Hearts Are Wild, Steve is an average guy with a wife (Sharon), a house, a job, and an obsession with Elvis. As the show begins, his ordinary life is rocked when a dream warns of a dangerous crossroads. Steve wakes to find a band in his bedroom, urging him to follow the music in his heart. How he goes from predictable boring husband to hunk of burnin' love is the story told in this wild new musical."

Billy Hartung's credits include Footloose and Side Show on Broadway and the Academy Award-winning movie, "Chicago." "With cameo appearances by a psychic hairdresser, a skater dude from Vassar and a Starbucks barista, Hearts Are Wild is smart and funny and parodies suburban preoccupations, office politics, and relationship dilemmas," according to City Theatre. "At its center, though, Hearts Are Wild is a raucous musical inspired by a half-century of popular music that started when Elvis checked into the Heartbreak Hotel."

The married Evanses play married couple Steve and Sharon. Additional casting will be announced.

The design team is Michael Olich (scenic), Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting), Pei-Chi Su (costumes) and Keith Bates (sound). Douglas Levine is the music director, Tommy Russo is the music arranger, Carlyn Aquiline is the dramaturg, and Kellee Van Aken is the assistant director.

For more information about City Theatre, visit www.citytheatrecompany.org.

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