The complete cast and creative team has been revealed for Swept Away at Arena Stage, featuring music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Avett Brothers. The new musical will play the D.C. company's Kreeger Theater November 25-December 30, with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer.
As previously announced, Swept Away will star Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening), Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (Kinky Boots), Adrian Blake Enscoe (Apple TV+’s Dickinson), and Wayne Duvall (1984), each reprising their performances from the musical's 2022 world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The ensemble will include Hunter Brown (The Sound of Music), Matt DeAngelis (Waitress), Taurean Everett (Moulin Rouge!), Cameron Johnson (Into the Woods), Brandon Kalm (Waitress), Michael Mainwaring, Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tyrone L. Robinson (Frozen), John Sygar (Look Both Ways), and Jamari Johnson Williams (Ain’t Too Proud).
Joining Mayer on the creative team are Tony Award-nominated choreographer David Neumann, music supervisor Brian Usifer (arrangements and orchestrations are by Chris Miller and Usifer), music director Will Van Dyke, Tony Award-winning set designer Rachel Hauck, Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty, four-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, Tony Award-winning sound designer John Shivers, New York casting director Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini, and Alexandre Bleau, CSA, D.C. casting director Joseph Pinzon, stage manager Matthew Leiner, and assistant stage managers Alice M. Pollitt, Marne Anderson, and Jalon Payton.
Swept Away follows four survivors of an 1888 shipwreck off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts. As they struggle to stay alive, they must question whether or not they can live with the consequences of their actions, and discover how tragedy can lead to forgiveness
“We’re thankful to the many talented artists who’ve been a part of this show’s life since our world premiere at Berkeley Rep,” says Scott Avett, “and we’re thrilled to welcome new shipmates for the D.C. leg of our voyage.”