A musical adaptation of Water for Elephants is slated to return to Broadway this spring.
The musical, based mostly on the novel by Sara Gruen, is scheduled to play the Imperial Theatre beginning Feb. 24, with a gap evening set for March 21. Rick Elice, who wrote the ebook to Jersey Boys in addition to Peter and the Starcatcher, penned the ebook for the musical, which encompasses a rating by the band PigPen Theatre Co.
Jessica Stone, who was nominated for the 2023 Tony Award for finest course of a musical for her work on Kimberly Akimbo, directs the musical.
The story follows an previous man reminiscing on his youthful adventures, when he jumped onto a shifting prepare after which grew to become a part of a touring circus, the place he labored as a veterinarian and fell in love with the married star performer. The novel was additionally tailored into a movie in 2011, starring Robert Patinson and Reese Witherspoon.
The musical involves Broadway after making its world premiere at The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in June, with Ryan Vasquez (Hamilton) and Isabelle McCalla (The Promenade) within the lead roles. Casting for the Broadway run has not but been introduced.
The manufacturing pulls in lots of parts of the circus, with a inventive group together with circus design by Shana Carroll, choreography by Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by David Israel Reynoso, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Walter Trarbach and puppetry design by Camille Labarre.
“What excites me most about Water for Elephants is working with our monumental design and artistic group, an unbelievable group of artists from totally different avenues of storytelling. From Broadway veterans to puppeteers to circus artists- now we have an eclectic assortment of internationally acclaimed and revolutionary creators,” Stone mentioned. “What’s wonderful in regards to the tradition of the circus is that you simply’re dependent upon each other to do a trick safely, in order a group we actually all should lean on each other. If we do our jobs effectively and join with our viewers we are going to, fairly actually, get the story off the web page and into the air.”
The musical is produced by Peter Schneider, Jennifer Costello, Grove Leisure, Frank Marshall, Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein.