Photo Flash: OCTOBER SKY Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, running through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association with Universal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. The show opened on August 26, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below!
It was 1957, and Sputnik lit up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
The cast is led by Nate Lewellyn as "Homer Hickam" (Godspell at The Marriott Theatre; Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Jeff Award-winner David Hess as "John Hickam" (The Marriott Theatre's La Cage aux Folles and Shenandoah; Broadway: Sweeney Todd and Annie Get your Gun), Jeff Award-winner Susan Moniz as "Elsie Hickam" (The Marriott Theatre's La Cage aux Folles, Mary Poppins and 9 to 5; Greaseon Broadway), Johanna McKenzie Miller as "Miss Riley" (The Marriott Theatre's On the Town and Cats; World Premiere of Shining Lives: A Musical at Northlight Theatre), Jeff Award-winner Alex Weisman as "Quentin" (The History Boys at TimeLine Theatre), Ben Barker as "O'Dell" (LES MISERABLES at Paramount Theatre) and Patrick Rooney as "Roy Lee" (LES MISERABLES at Paramount Theatre; Camelot at Drury Lane Theatre). The cast also includes Jameson Cooper, Neil Friedman, Terry Hamilton, Derek Hasenstab, David Lively, Liam Quealy, Caleb Baze, Dara Cameron, J Michael Finley, Jess Grider, Joan Hess, James Earl Jones II, Patrick Lane, Eliza Palasz, Jonny Stein, Betsy Stewart and Elizabeth Telford.
The production features set design by Tom Ryan, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Bob Gilmartin, properties design by Mealah Heidenreich, dialect coaching by Jill Walmsley Zager, musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood and orchestrations by David Siegel.
Joan and David Hess