Photos: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Cast and Creative Team Celebrates Opening Night

How to Dance in Ohio is now running on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre.

By: Dec. 11, 2023
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The Belasco Theatre was the place to be last night and Broadway celebrated the opening of the final musical of 2023. How to Dance in Ohio – inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name – is now offically open on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos of the company arrivals below!

With book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik (she/her), music by Jacob Yandura (he/him), choreography by Mayte Natalio (she/her), and direction by Sammi Cannold (she/her) – all making their Broadway debuts - How to Dance in Ohio began previews on November 15, 2023.
 
Reprising their roles on Broadway from the world premiere engagement at Syracuse Stage, the cast was heralded by The Syracuse Post Standard as, “both reflecting and respecting neurodivergence, with every single actor onstage delivering a distinguished, joyous, jaw-dropping performance.” In the parts of the real-life autistic young adults featured in the HBO documentary, are a cast of seven autistic actors, all making their Broadway debuts: Desmond Edwards (he/they) as Remy, Amelia Fei [Yi-Hsuan Fei] (she/her) as Caroline, Madison Kopec (they/she) as Marideth, Liam Pearce (he/him) as Drew, Imani Russell (they/them) as Mel, Conor Tague (he/him) as Tommy, and Ashley Wool (she/her) as Jessica.
 
Broadway veteran Caesar Samayoa (he/him; Come from Away, Sister Act) stars as renown psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo and Cristina Sastre (she/her; Legally Blonde at The Muny) plays his daughter Ashley Amigo. Also featured in the cast are Broadway veterans Haven Burton (she/her; Shrek the Musical, Violet) as Terry, Darlesia Cearcy (she/her; Shuffle Along, Once On This Island) as Johanna, Carlos L Encinias (he/him; Les Miserables), Nick Gaswirth (he/him; …The Great Comet of 1812), and Melina Kalomas (she/her; Young Frankenstein). Completing the cast are Jean Christian Barry (they/them; Stranger Sings), Collin Hancock (he/him), Hunter Hollingsworth (he/him), Marina Jansen (they/them), Martín Solá (he/him; On Your Feet!). Ayanna Nicole Thomas (she/her), and Marina Pires (she/her; Aladdin, On Your Feet!). 
 
How to Dance in Ohio is a heartfelt and poignant new musical about the desire to connect and the courage it takes to put yourself out into the world. As a group of seven autistic young adults prepare for their first ever formal dance—they face a challenge that breaks open their routines as they experience love, stress, excitement, and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing down hopes and fears, ready to take a momentous first step…and dance.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski 

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Jacob Yandura, Rebekah Greer Melocik

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Hunter Hollingsworth

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Caesar Samayoa

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Amelia Fei

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Desmond Luis Edwards

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Liam Pearce

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Imani Russell

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Madison Kopec

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Ashley Wool

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Cristina Sastre

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Amelia Fei, Desmond Luis Edwards, Caesar Samayoa, Liam Pearce, Imani Russell, Conor Tague, Ashley Wool, Madison Kopec

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Liam Pearce, Drew Swanson

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Remmington Goudy, Desmond Luis Edwards

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Remmington Goudy, Desmond Luis Edwards

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Conor Tague, Tommy Van Atta

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Madison Kopec, Marideth Bridges

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Madison Kopec, Marideth Bridges

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Ashley Wool, Jessica Sullivan

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Ashley Wool, Jessica Sullivan

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Lily Ling, Mayte Natalio, Sammi Cannold

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Haven Burton

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Darlesia Cearcy

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Caesar Samayoa, Emilio Amigo

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Caesar Samayoa, Emilio Amigo

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Imani Russell

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Ashley Amigo, Christina Satstre

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Marina Pires

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Ayanna Nicole Thomas

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Amelia Fei, Caroline McKenzie

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Nick Gaswirth

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Melina Kalomas, Carlos L. Encinias

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Melina Kalomas, Carlos L. Encinias

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Martin Sola, Hunter Hollingsworth, Marina Jansen, Collin Hancock, Jean Christian Barry, Ayanna Nicole Thomas

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Alexandra Shiva, Jonathan Marc Sherman

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Alexandra Shiva, Jonathan Marc Sherman

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Bradley King, Danielle Long King

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Connor Wang and guest

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Connor Wang and guest

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Sammy Lopez, Fiona Howe Rudin, Ben Holtzman

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