John McDaniel and Bill Russell Join Creative Team of Brave New World Musical | Playbill

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News John McDaniel and Bill Russell Join Creative Team of Brave New World Musical Grammy and Emmy winner John McDaniel and Tony nominee Bill Russell have joined the creative team of Brave New World: The Musical, currently in development, as co-composer and lyricist, respectively.

Bill Russell
Bill Russell

McDaniel (Bonnie & Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, Brooklyn) and Russell (Side Show; Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; Pageant) join a team that includes Ben Andron (White's Lies, "Harry Potter" films) as book writer, Jonnie Rockwell as co-composer and Tony-nominated director Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons).

McDaniel will also music direct.

"I'm excited to explore song possibilities for this musical adaptation of Aldous Huxley's brilliant Brave New World," said Russell in a statement. "And especially happy to be working with long-time associates Sheryl Kaller and John McDaniel and new collaborators Jonnie Rockwell and Ben Andron. Huxley was eerily prescient in imagining the future and I am honored to help bring his vision to the stage."

Adapted from the classic Aldous Huxley novel of the same name, Brave New World: The Musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of a future in which everybody is happy…because anything that could cause pain has been eliminated. True love (and its inevitable heartbreak) has been replaced with free sex, religion and artistic expression have been replaced with mindless sport and distraction, and citizens are brainwashed & drugged into a perpetual state of happiness. Humans don't even reproduce anymore; they are hatched in test tubes to avoid the dangers of family. But there are reservations where savages still live according to the 'old' ways. They are fenced in & know nothing of this perfect new world... until one such savage — John — is given special permission to leave and experience the wonders of civilization. Two worlds collide in Huxley's provocative story about love, humanity & loss, set against the backdrop of a world where the most dangerous thing you can do, is to have an original thought."

A reading of the musical, featuring Colin Hanlon, Kyle Dean Massey, Nick Blaemire, Josh Segarra, Darren Ritchie, Emma Hunton and Jennifer Simard, was held in May 2013. For more information about the upcoming musical, visit or e-mail [email protected].

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