Photos: Inside HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO's Reunion Concert

For this one night only event, the original on-stage cast performed selections from the show backed by the musical’s Broadway band.

By: May. 22, 2024
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How to Dance in Ohio, inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, presented a special reunion concert of the show’s original Broadway cast on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Palladium Times Square.

See photos below! 

For this one night only event, the original on-stage cast performed selections from the show backed by the musical’s Broadway band. The evening also included special appearances by production team members and fans who have contributed to the production’s legacy. 

In the parts of the real-life autistic young adults featured in the HBO documentary, a cast of seven autistic actors made their Broadway debuts in How To Dance in Ohio, all of whom appeared at the special reunion concert: Desmond Luis Edwards as Remy, Amelia Fei [Yi-Hsuan Fei] as Caroline, Madison Kopec as Marideth, Liam Pearce as Drew, Imani Russell as Mel, Conor Tague as Tommy, and Ashley Wool as Jessica.  They will perform alongside fellow Original Broadway Cast members Caesar Samayoa (Come from Away, Sister Act), Cristina Sastre (Legally Blonde at The Muny), Haven Burton (Shrek the Musical, Violet), Darlesia Cearcy (Shuffle Along, Once On This Island), Carlos L Encinias (Les Miserables), Nick Gaswirth (…The Great Comet of 1812), and Melina Kalomas (Young Frankenstein). Musicians participating in the concert include Patrick Fanning, Adda Kridler, Melissa Westgate, Stephanie Fritz, Alex Hamlin, Rob Jost, Matt Brown, and Derek Stoltenberg.

How to Dance in Ohio features book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik, music by Jacob Yandura, choreography by Mayte Natalio, music direction by Lily Ling, and direction by Sammi Cannold – all of whom made their Broadway debuts this season with the production. How to Dance in Ohio was hailed by Time Out as a “joyful and uplifting new musical” exploring the universal need to connect and the courage it takes to step out into the world. The musical features a group of young autistic adults and their families prepare for their first-ever formal dance—facing challenges that break open their routines, as they experience love, stress, excitement, and independence.  The musical began previews on November 15, 2023, officially opened on Sunday, December 10, and played through February 11, 2024 at the Belasco Theatre (111 W. 44th St).  








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