The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ world premiere of Invincible—The Musical, which features the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, begins previews November 26.
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene with a book by Bradley Bredeweg (Good Trouble), the musical reimagining of Romeo and Juliet will officially open December 2 and continue through December 18 in The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills.
The cast features Khamary Rose (Next to Normal at the Kennedy Center) as Romeo, Kay Sibal as Juliet, Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls) as Madame Capulet , Dionne Gipson as Madame Montague, Brennin Hunt (Pretty Woman: The Musical) as Paris, Ari Notartomaso (Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin) as Benvolio, Julia Harriman (The Voice) as Nura, Jon Patrick Walker (Peter and The Starcatcher) as Friar, Aaron Alcaraz (Rent tour) as Mercutio, and Josh Strobl (Dear Evan Hansen) as Tybalt.
The ensemble includes Steven Agdeppa, Gillian Bozajian, Cameron Field, Sophia Hall, Nadja Hayes, Eric Myrick, Ian Joseph Paget, Lyric Rachae, Krystle Rose Simmons, Kelsey Lee Smith, Ian Ward, and Kendyl Sayuri Yokoyama.
Invincible—The Musical, featuring songs from Benatar and Giraldo's catalog and new tunes penned by the duo, is set in the modern, war-torn metropolis of Verona where the newly elected Chancellor Paris vows to destroy the progressive resistance and return the city to its traditional roots. The star-crossed lovers’ story envisions peace in a divided world.
The production also has music direction and vocal arrangements by Jesse Vargas, arrangements by Vargas and Giraldo, orchestrations by Giraldo and Vargas, casting by The Telsey Office's Ryan Bernard Tymensky, and choreography by Galen Hooks.
The creative team also includes scenic designer Arnel Sanciano, projection designer Yee Eun Nam, costume designer Lena Sands, lighting designer Elizabeth Harper, sound designer Cricket Meyers, production stage manager Christine Catti, fight director Steve Rankin, assistant stage managers Morgan Zupanski and Ben Shipley, associate music director David Saul Lee, associate sound designer Andrea Allmond, associate choreographer Macy Swaim, casting associate Dana Gaier, wardrobe supervisor Deborah Hartwell, props specialist Joshua Sheldon, and sound supervisor Leslie Chow.
Singer-songwriter Benatar and producer-musician Giraldo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month. Their partnership includes such rock hits as “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Promises in the Dark,” “We Live For Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Hell is for Children.”