John Simpkins directs the limited engagement, which will officially open July 24 and play through Aug. 22. Jennifer Werner choreographs. Jason Williams and Lance Rubin co-star as, respectively, Michael and Norman. The cast also features Lorinda Lisitza as Mom, Lauren Marcus as nosey cheerleader Patty Jenkins, Jeffrey Omura as Jason/Mackenzie and Kilty Reidy as Dad.
Based on Nancy McArthur's children's book of the same title, The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks features book, music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (The Black Suits). The family-friendly musical follows two young brothers named Norman and Michael, who share a very messy room that is covered in piles of dirty socks. When the boys send away for some "Amazing Beans" that sprout into very large plants, they suddenly realize all of their smelly socks are disappearing.
The production also features scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Chris Dallos, sound design by Eric Shim, puppet design by Eric Wright and music direction by Jana Zielonka.
NBC Today Show co-host Matt Lauer serves as the honorary chair for the 20th Annual Free Summer Theatre Program, which provides New York City youth the opportunity to seee educational and entertaining theatre.
The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street. For more information visit www.twusa.org.
Free tickets are not available for the July 24 opening-night benefit performance. To purchase tickets for the benefit, phone (212) 647-1100 ext 126.