Photos: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Company Celebrates Opening Night

Water for Elephants is running on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre.

By: Mar. 22, 2024
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BroadwayWorld's Opening Night Coverage is being presented by THE GREAT GATSBY — a new musical roaring onto Broadway March 29! Starring Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) as Jay Gatsby and Eva Noblezada (Hadestown) as Daisy Buchanan, this "lush, bewitching, and dazzling" (The New York Times) production is a party you do not want to miss! 


The circus is back in town and on Broadway! The stars aligned on 45th Street last night as the new musical Water for Elephants celebrated opening night. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special occasion and we are taking you inside the festivities with the cast and creative team below.

Based on the critically acclaimed and New York Times Bestselling novel by Sara Gruen, the new musical has a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, a score by the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. and is directed by Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone.

The cast is led by Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla, four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominee Paul Alexander Nolan, Stan Brown, Joe De Paul, Sara Gettelfinger and Wade McCollum, and features Brandon Block, Antoine Boissereau, Rachael Boyd, Paul Castree, Ken Wulf Clark, Taylor Colleton, Gabriel Olivera de Paula Costa, Isabella Luisa Diaz, Samantha Gershman, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Nicolas Jelmoni, Caroline Kane, Harley Ross Beckwith McLeish, Michael Mendez, Samuel Renaud, Marissa Rosen, Alexandra Gaelle Royer, Asa Somers, Charles South, Sean Stack, Matthew Varvar and Michelle West.

After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus, and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age.  

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas 

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Isabelle McCalla and Grant Gustin

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Isabelle McCalla and Grant Gustin

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Isabelle McCalla and Grant Gustin

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Paul Alexander Nolan, Wade McCollum, Joe De Paul, Isabelle McCalla, Grant Gustin, Gregg Edelman, Sara Gettelfinger and Stan Brown

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Paul Alexander Nolan, Wade McCollum, Joe De Paul, Isabelle McCalla, Grant Gustin, Gregg Edelman, Sara Gettelfinger and Stan Brown

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Isabelle McCalla

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Isabelle McCalla

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Grant Gustin

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Grant Gustin

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Paul Alexander Nolan

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Paul Alexander Nolan

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Gregg Edelman

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Gregg Edelman

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Sara Gettelfinger

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Sara Gettelfinger

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Stan Brown

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Stan Brown

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Wade McCollum

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Wade McCollum

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Joe De Paul

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Joe De Paul

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Director Jessica Stone

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Associate Director Ryan Emmons and Associate Choreographer Paige Parkhill

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Director Jessica Stone and Associate Director Ryan Emmons

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Director Jessica Stone and Music & Lyrics PigPen Theatre Co.

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Music & Lyrics PigPen Theatre Co.

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Props & Puppetry Designers Ray Wetmore & JR Goodman

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Co-Choreographer/Circus Designer Shana Carroll and Co-Choreographer Jesse Robb

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Lighting Designer Bradley King and Guest

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Book Writer Rick Elice

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Director Jessica Stone, Christopher Fitzgerald and kids

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Isabelle McCalla and Grant Gustin

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Signage at The Imperial Theatre

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Signage at The Imperial Theatre




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