Will Ride the Cyclone Transfer to Another Theatre?

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MCC and Kevin McCollum are behind the Off-Broadway staging of Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell’s new musical.
Alex Wyse and the cast Joan Marcus

Ride the Cyclone may transfer to another theatre, according to an interview with the show’s co-creator, Jacob Richmond, in The Globe and Mail. As per Richmond, Kevin McCollum, the co-producer behind the Off-Broadway run with MCC Theater, is currently putting a group of investors together, though no official announcement has been made.

Gus Halper, Lillian Castillo, Emily Rohm, Kholby Wardell, Alex Wyse, and Tiffany Tatreau
Gus Halper, Lillian Castillo, Emily Rohm, Kholby Wardell, Alex Wyse, and Tiffany Tatreau Joan Marcus

McCollum is behind such Broadway hits as Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Something Rotten!, and is known for taking risks on original works. Billed as “part tragedy, part comedy,” Ride the Cyclone tells the story of a high school choir that boards a faulty roller coaster with tragic results. The original musical by Canadian writers Richmond and Brooke Maxwell generated strong buzz in Chicago, including positive reviews from The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times—which reiterated its praise with the Off-Broadway debut.

Richmond tells The Globe that he isn’t sure whether the show will transfer to another theatre, but that a discussion regarding the future of the production is scheduled for the coming weeks.

MCC, which opened the show November 30, was reached for comment but was not able to provide further information. The show is currently scheduled to play its extended engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre through December 29. The theatre will welcome Anna Jordan’s Yen in the space beginning January 12, 2017.

Ride the Cyclone arrives in New York following a U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in fall 2015. Rachel Rockwell, who directed the Chicago run, returns to direct the New York premiere

The cast features original Chicago cast members Tiffany Tatreau, Lillian Castillo, Karl Hamilton, Emily Rohm, and Kholby Wardell, joined by Deaf West’s Spring Awakening star Alex Wyse, Gus Halper, The Last Ship’s Johnny Newcomb, and Peter and the Starcatcher’s Emily Walton.

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For tickets and more information visit mcctheater.org.

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