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The musical previously enjoyed a successful West End run at at London's Lyric Theatre.

The New York Theatre Festival will present the American premiere of Maddie, a new musical that completed a successful West End run at London's Lyric Theatre. Running November 22, 25, and 26, the presentation will be a part of NYTF WinterFest. Maddie is based on the Jack Finney novel Marion's Wall (previously adapted as the film Maxie). 

Set in the late 1970s, the work centers on Nick and Jan Cheyney, who have recently moved into a dilapidated attic apartment in downtown New York City. Beneath the peeling wallpaper, they are amazed to uncover a message scrawled in lipstick by 1920s dancer Madeline Marsh. Fascinated by the discovery, they are unprepared for the return of its ghostly author, still desperate to become a movie star.

Maddie is directed and choreographed by Andrew Winans, and features a score by Stephen Keeling, lyrics by Shaun McKenna, and book by McKenna and Steven Dexter. The West End team developed the material as a part of a Stephen Sondheim writer’s workshop, later featured on his BBC radio show about new works. Recent development in New York City has included a concert at 54 Below and staged reading. The show will enjoy an Off-Broadway run in Spring 2025.

Leading the company is Sydney Borchers as Jan Cheyney/Maddie, who will be joined by Sam Hoffman as Nick Cheyney, Carrie Baker as Cordelia Van Arc/Maddie, Andy Meyers as Al Turner, Jahlaynia Winters as Sally, and Amin Fuson as Morton Dupree. The ensemble features Ethan Yaheen-Moy Chan, Carly Caviglia, Ryan Mulvaney, and Destyni Williams, withswings Danny Durr and Hannah Gundermann rounding out the company.

Additional members of the Maddie creative team include music director, arranger, and orchestrator Joshua Gregg Fried, assistant director and choreographer Hannah Gundermann, dramaturg Ryan Henry, and costume and prop designer Danny Durr.

New York Theatre Festival will present Maddie at Teatro Latea, executive produced by Bennett Theatricals under the artistic direction of Andrew Winans and Andy Crosten. 

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