THE BURNT PART BOYS Announces Complete Off Broadway Casting, Previews 4/30
Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director, Tim Sanford; Managing Director, Leslie Marcus) and Vineyard Theatre (Artistic Director, Douglas Aibel; Executive Director, Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell) have announced complete casting for their co-production of the New York premiere of the new musical THE BURNT PART BOYS by Mariana Elder (book), Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics). With direction and musical staging by four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J), the production will begin previews on Friday, April 30 at 8PM with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, May 25. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, June 13 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre (416 West 42nd Street).
The cast of THE BURNT PART BOYS will feature Charlie Brady (South Pacific), Al Calderon (13), Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening, Yank!), Steve French (Manifesto at Second Stage), Noah Galvin (Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk), Michael Park (Smokey Joe's Café, the recent Applause for Encores!, three-time Daytime Emmy nominee as Jack Snyder on "As the World Turns"), Molly Ranson (August: Osage County), Randy Redd (Some Men, Parade, Ring of Fire) and Asa Somers (Grey Gardens, Next to Normal).
Coal country, West Virginia, 1962. Fourteen year-old Pete's fighting to claim his past. His older brother Jake's hoping to forge a future. With their friends, they've embarked on a life-altering journey to the mine that took their father's life. Featuring a vibrant, haunting bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this gripping new musical from an acclaimed new team will capture your heart as it finds the streaks of light within the darkness.
The production will feature scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto, lighting design by Chris Lee and sound design by Lindsay Jones. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin (The Light in the Piazza) and Musical Direction is by Vadim Feichtner. Production Stage Manager is Lori Lundquist.
After an initial developmental production at Barrington Stage Company in 2006, THE BURNT PART BOYS has had an innovative production and development schedule on the way to its Off-Broadway premiere. Following a developmental Lab Production at Vineyard Theatre in spring 2009, the musical was presented last summer at New York Stage and Film (Artistic Director, Johanna Pfaelzer; Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang) at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The Off-Broadway premiere is a co-production between Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre.
The unique developmental track of THE BURNT PART BOYS comes in part under the aegis of the Playwrights Horizons MUSICALS IN PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE. This program is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new musicals in partnership with regional theaters, wholly within the non-profit system from start to finish. For THE BURNT PART BOYS, this partnership is between Playwrights Horizons and New York Stage and Film.