Breaking: Broadway's NERDS Announces its Gates & Jobs; Plus Full Cast - O'Malley, Fenkart, Murin, Mendez & More!
The producers of NERDS, a new musical dot-comedy about the rise and rivalry of tech trailblazers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, have announced that Tony Award Nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) will play Bill Gates and Bryan Fenkart (Memphis) will play Steve Jobs. The cast will also star many musical theater Nerds' favorite performers including Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones, Holiday Inn) as Sally, Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Wicked) as Myrtle, Benny Elledge (Chicago National Tour) as Steve Wozniak, Rob Morrison (Avenue Q) as Paul Allen, and Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde) as Tom Watson. NERDS will open on Broadway Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), following preview performances from Friday, April 1.
NERDS is the new musical dot comedy that plugs into the epic rivalry between two of our culture's biggest icons, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Our story begins long before we all had computers in our pockets and Al Gore "invented" the Internet, when the founding fathers of technology were tinkering in garages with the beginnings of the computer revolution. Steve, the clairvoyant rock star with swagger, and Bill, the brilliant underdog with a computer chip on his shoulder, competed to change the world, and in the process reprogrammed the way we communicate, create, listen to music, follow our exes, watch videos of kittens, and share photos of the burger we had for lunch.
Compatible for audiences of all generations, this user-friendly show features technology never before seen on Broadway, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations, accessible pre- & post-show and during intermission, that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show's ending, and more soon to be announced.
The cast will also feature Tracee Beazer (Honeymoon in Vegas), Pierce Cassedy (Kinky Boots), Luther Creek (Spiderman), Joshua Franklin(Ghost the Musical), Katie Lee Hill (Film Chinois), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes) and Bethany Moore (Pippin).
NERDS features book & lyrics by multiple Emmy Award nominees Jordan Allen-Duttonand Erik Weiner (Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken", Bomb-itty of Errors), music by Hal Goldberg (The Children), direction by Casey Hushion (Aladdin - Associate Resident Director) and choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (On The Town, "Smash") with additional choreography by Denis Jones(Honeymoon in Vegas).
NERDS features scenic design by Lee Savage (Ordinary Boys), costume design by Jennifer Caprio (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages, Hand to God), sound design by Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Bright Star) and projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin). Orchestrations and Additional Arrangements are by Adam Blau ("Funny or Die's Billy on the Street"), Music Direction and Additional Arrangements are by Matt Doebler and Nadia DiGiallonardo (Waitress, Pippin) is the Music Supervisor and Arranger. Casting is by Bethany Knox (Hamilton, Something Rotten!), CSA of Telsey + Co.
NERDS was first presented in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and later at Philadelphia Theatre Company, where it received Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding New Play. In 2013, the show played limited engagements at North Carolina Theatre and again at Philadelphia Theatre Company where it received seven Barrymore Award Nominations. The Philadelphia Inquirer called Nerds "generation defining," "visually hot and musically adept filled with one knockout, high-velocity number after another" and "with surgical precision [like] How to Succeed meets Urinetown, NERDSnails such themes as the cost of dreams and the emptiness of revenge. And, is full of class, insight and wit."
Tickets are on sale via Telecharge.com/ 212-239-6200. The preview performance schedule is: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.* Beginning Friday, April 22, the performance schedule is: Mondayat 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.
*There is no matinee on Saturday, April 2 and no performance on Monday, April 18. A performance has been added on Wednesday, April 20 at 8pm. www.NERDSBroadway.com