STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of the World Premiere of FLY
Dallas Theater Center announced the complete cast and creative team for the world premiere of Fly, a new musical based on J.M. Barrie's novel, Peter Pan. Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Jeffrey Seller (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights) makes his directorial debut with this production. Check out some highlights of the show below!
Fly opens with previews on Tuesday, July 2 and runs through Sunday, August 18 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Tickets to Fly are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.
Seller's vision will come to life on stage in Dallas with a 30-person company of children and adults. Broadway veteran Bradley Dean (Spamalot, Evita) makes his DTC debut as the infamous villain Captain Hook. Eleven-year-olds Isabela Moner and Grant Venable, also first-timers to DTC, star as Wendy and Peter Pan. Austin Karkowsky will appear as John and Morgan Weed as Tink. DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company members include Hassan El-Amin (The Odd Couple, King Lear) and Chamblee Ferguson (A Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as pirates. Additional company members include Jacob Barnes, Hettie Barnhill, Tracee Beazer, Mallory Bechtel, Jace Duncan, Benjamin Errig, Campbell Walker Fields, Kayah Franklin, Brian Gonzales, Paula Green, Sasha Hollinger, Stephanie Klemons, Eddie Korbich, Denis Labmert, Jenny Laroche, Randy Pearlman, Victoria Pence, Sam Poon, Patrick Richwood, Lauren Santana, Jake Bennett Siegfried, Tanairi Vazquez and Kyra Wharton.
With a book by Rajiv Joseph, music by Bill Sherman and lyrics by Rajiv Joseph and Kirsten Childs, Fly employs a wholly new musical style. "The drum is the heartbeat of the island," said Seller. "The aural landscape is driven by rhythm and percussion. We try to use only instruments that could be handmade on an island - drums, strings and the like."
Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights) and aerial designer Pichon Baldinu will move members of the cast across, and over, Anna Louizos' bamboo set. Additional members of the design team include Tony Award-winning music supervisor Alex Lacamoire, Tony Award-winning costume designer Marina Draghici, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, sound designer Nevin Steinberg, fight director Ron Piretti and percussion supervisor Tim Keiper.
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