Works by Hunter Foster, Adam Gwon, et al. Featured in Signature's 2011-12 Season!
Signature Theatre's 22nd season kicks off by making musical theatre history with its American Musical Voices Project: Next Generation "World Premiere Repertory Series" - the first time in the history of the American theatre that two world premiere musicals will be presented in rotating repertory, in full production. The eight-week series, beginning previews on August 23rd, will produce The Hollow (book by Hunter Foster; music and lyrics by Matt Conner), to be directed by Signature Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner; and The Boy Detective Fails (book by Joe Meno; music and lyrics by Adam Gwon), directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Associate Joe Calarco. Both musicals have been commissioned by Signature Theatre as part of its groundbreaking American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation.
"It is essential for Signature to continue to break new ground in the production of new musicals for the American theatre," Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer said. "Producing this Repertory Series is a significant step forward in the work we are doing with some of the best writers working in musical theater today. It is a tremendous challenge that is both exciting and important for the future of the American musical."
Signature Theatre has assembled an award-winning design team to work on The Hollow and The Boy Detective Fails, which includes choreography by Helen Hayes Award-winner Karma Camp (Urinetown and more than 35 productions at Signature); set designs by Derek McLane (Tony Award®-winner, 33 Variations); lighting by Helen Hayes Award-winner Chris Lee (Kiss of the Spider Woman, among his 17 Signature Productions); costume design by Helen Hayes Award-nominee Kathleen Geldard (The Neverending Story; 13+ productions at Signature) and sound design by Matt Rowe (20+ productions at Signature). Each production will run in rotating repertory, with performances of both shows on every Saturday and Sunday to provide audience members the opportunity to see both in one day.
Heading the cast for The Boy Detective Fails will be Helen Hayes Award-winner Stephen Gregory Smith (Les Miserables, 110 in the Shade at Signature) as the Boy Detective and Anika Larsen (Avenue Q and Xanadu on Broadway) as Penny. Sam Ludwig (Signature's [title of show] and Show Boat) will be playing the infamous Ichabod Crane in The Hollow opposite Whitney Bashor as Katrina. The Repertory cast starring in both musicals includes Evan Casey, Sherri Edelen, James Gardiner, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Margo Seibert, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Russell Sunday, and Harry A. Winter.
"With our extensive history of developing new musicals, we are proud that this first-time repertory will have its home at Signature," Schaeffer continued. "This is sure to be a major theatrical event in Washington this Fall." Managing Director Maggie Boland added, "With more than $780,000 in direct support having been awarded to musical theater artists through our American Musical Voices Project to date, Signature is very proud to extend our commitment to these Next Generation composers to include full production of their extraordinary new works."