Cast and Creative Team Announced for IN TRANSIT - Broadway's First A Cappella Musical
COMPLETE CASTING AND DESIGN TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BROADWAY’S FIRST A CAPPELLA MUSICAL
Starring DAVID ABELES, MOYA ANGELA, STEVEN CANTOR, JUSTIN GUARINI, TELLY LEUNG,
ERIN MACKEY, GERIANNE PEREZ, MARGO SEIBERT, CHESNEY SNOW,
JAMES SNYDER, MARIAND TORRES, NICHOLAS WARD, ADAM BASHIAN, LAUREL HARRIS
AND AURELIA WILLIAMS
Scenic Design by
Tony Award Winner DONYALE WERLE
Costume Design by
Tony Award Winner CLINT RAMOS
Lighting Design by
Tony Award Winner DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design by
BINDER CASTING, INC.
Vocal Arrangements by
Music Supervision by
Book, Music and Lyrics by
KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ, JAMES-ALLEN FORD, RUSS KAPLAN and SARA WORDSWORTH
Directed and Choreographed by
Three-Time Tony Award Winner KATHLEEN MARSHALL
PERFORMANCES BEGIN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016
OPENING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE
(New York, NY) Producer Janet B. Rosen announced today that Broadway’s first a cappella musical In Transit will star David Abeles (Once), 2016 “America’s Got Talent” contestant Moya Angela (Ghost The Musical), 2012 American Beatbox Vice Champion Steven “HeaveN” Cantor (Broadway Debut), Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; “American Idol”), Telly Leung (Allegiance), Erin Mackey (Amazing Grace), Gerianne Pérez (Broadway Debut), Margo Seibert (Rocky), Chesney Snow (Broadway Debut), James Snyder (If/Then), Mariand Torres (Broadway Debut), Nicholas Ward (On the Town), Adam Bashian (Broadway Debut), Laurel Harris (Beautiful) and Aurelia Williams (Broadway Debut).
Featuring scenic design by Tony Award winner Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher), costume design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed), lighting design by Tony Award winner Donald Holder (She Loves Me), sound design by Ken Travis (Aladdin), vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, “The Sing-Off”), music supervision by Rick Hip-Flores (Rocky) and casting by Binder Casting, Inc., In Transit begins performances on Thursday, November 10, 2016 and officially opens on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street).
With a book, music and lyrics by Academy Award winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, In Transit is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It).
Featuring an a cappella score from Broadway’s freshest creators including musical minds behind Frozen and Pitch Perfect, In Transit is a new, modern musical, bringing to life a vivid tapestry of characters and music in the city that never sleeps…or stands still. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, In Transit follows the intertwining lives of eleven New Yorkers, all hoping to catch the express train to success, love and happiness—and the stops they make along the way.
In Transit is produced by Janet B. Rosen for Six Train Productions. Scott Landis serves as Executive Producer.
The playing schedule for In Transit is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016, the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Please note: There will be no performances on Thursday, November 24, 2016, Saturday, December 24, 2016 and Saturday, December 31, 2016. There will be additional performances on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 2pm, Monday, December 26 at 2pm and 8pm, and Thursday, December 29 at 2pm and 8pm. There is a performance on Sunday, December 25 at 7pm.
Tickets for In Transit range from $89 - $159.
Please visit www.InTransitBroadway.com.
Follow In Transit on:
Twitter and Instagram: @InTransitBway
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DAVID ABELES (Dave) Broadway: Once (Eamon / Original Cast), Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis) Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy (Signature), Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Pierre), Once (NYTW), MDQ (NWS), Atomic (Acorn), Burnt Part Boys (Vineyard), Hell House (St. Ann's) National Tour: Matilda (Miss Trunchbull), My Fair Lady. Film/TV: Begin Again, Son of Morning, "Submissions Only", “Law & Order, SVU.” Training: LAMDA. @iamdavidabeles
MOYA ANGELA (Momma, Mrs. Williams, Booth Lady) is an international Broadway singer and actress. She got her Broadway start In The Lion King. Other shows include Effie in Dreamgirls National Broadway Tour and the Apollo as well as Ghost the Musical on Broadway. TV credits include Portia in “30 Rock.”
STEVEN "HEAVEN" CANTOR (Boxman), known as Heaven Beatbox, grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. This visionary artist began beatboxing, creating and mimicking sounds at the age of fourteen. A vocal creative artist, he uses his vocal abilities in commercial entertainment as a voice-over talent and actor, and regularly performs live at music festivals, clubs and corporate events worldwide.
JUSTIN GUARINI (Trent). Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Regional: Moonshine (Gordy, world premiere), Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Drake, world premiere), Mamma Mia (Sam), Cake Off (Jack), Rent (Roger), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph), It's a Wonderful Life (Jake). Solo Albums: JG - EP, Revolutionary Records; Justin Guarini - RCA Records. http://www.justinguarini.com/
TELLY LEUNG (Steven). Broadway credits include Sam Kimura in Allegiance, Godspell, Rent, Pacific Overtures, & Flower Drum Song. TV audiences will remember Telly as “Wes, the Warbler” on Glee. He’s heard on many Broadway cast recordings and two solo albums - I'll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016).
ERIN MACKEY (Ali). Broadway: Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked. Regional/Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd (with the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center), Lady Be Good (Encores!), South Pacific (Paper Mill and Guthrie), The Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory). Film/TV: The Intern, The Parent Trap, Blue Bloods.
GERIANNE PÉREZ (Kathy). Broadway Debut! Past credits include: Vanessa in In the Heights (Hangar Theatre), Rizzo in Grease (North Shore Music Theatre) and Vocalosity (First National). Much love to the In Transit team, Binder, BRS/Gage and her wonderful family and friends, without whom this would not be possible. Proud graduate of NYU! @gerianne.perez
MARGO SEIBERT (Jane). Broadway: Rocky (Drama League Award nomination). Off-Broadway: Tamar and the River (2014 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical), Undeniable Sound of Right Now. Regional (select credits): Ever After, Last Five Years, Candide. TV: “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire.”
CHESNEY SNOW (Boxman Alternate). Drama Desk award-winning Brooklyn based performer and one of NYC’s premiere beatbox/vocal percussionists and pioneering figure in American beatbox culture. Off-Broadway: In Transit (Primary Stages), Burn This, Back From the Front (dir. Giovanna Sardelli) National tour: Vocalosity. Exec. Producer American Beatboxer (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Time Warner).
JAMES SNYDER (Nate) was recently seen opposite Idina Menzel in Broadway’s If/Then. He received a Drama League Award Nomination for the titular role in Cry-Baby and recently played Jonathon/Miranda in Casa Valentina at Pasadena Playhouse. Additional theatre credits include Carousel at Goodspeed Opera House, Fanny at New York City Center, and Broadway: Three Generations at The Kennedy Center.
MARIAND TORRES (Nina). Selected Credits: Prince of Broadway (dir Harold Prince, Susan Stroman), Wicked (Elphaba Standby). Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, School of Rock (Gramercy Theatre), Evita (KC Rep), Spamalot (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Giant (Signature Theatre), Murder Ballad (Actors’ Playhouse). Workshops with Yale Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Stage and Film, LAByrinth Theatre Company, among others. TV: Madam Secretary.
NICHOLAS WARD (Chris). Broadway: On the Town. Lincoln Center: I Am Harvey Milk. City Center Encores!: 1776, Cabin In The Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba!, Paint Your Wagon, Pipe Dream. National tour: Show Boat. European tour: Porgy and Bess. Regional: Big River, Big Fish, Once on This Island, Ragtime, Little Shop, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. For Nana and Mother. Thank You Deke.
ADAM BASHIAN (Chris & Dave Understudy). Broadway debut! National tour: The Phantom of the Opera. Select NYC/Regional: Edwin (St. Clements), On Your Toes (Encores!), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater, OCR), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Caldwell Theatre). Readings: In Transit (since 2012), Zhivago. TV: House of Cards.BFA: Montclair State. Thanks to DSM, Jay, and my family. www.AdamBashian.com @AdamBashian
LAUREL HARRIS (Jane, Ali & Kathy Understudy) is overjoyed to begin this journey with In Transit. Broadway: Beautiful (Carole King u/s), Evita (Evita u/s), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (featured singer). National Tour: Wicked (Elphaba). NC Theatre: INTO THE WOODS (Baker's Wife). UMichigan graduate. Thanks to sweet Rob, Nicolosi, and my high school a cappella group, "Ladies in Red!" For my aunties!
AURELIA WILLIAMS (Momma, Mrs. Williams & Booth Lady Understudy). Broadway debut! Favorite past roles include: “Effie” in Dreamgirls, “Motormouth Mabelle” in Hairspray, "The Radio" in Caroline or Change, "Hattie" in Kiss Me Kate, "Earth Mother" in Menopause the Musical and "Asaka" in Once on This Island. Aurelia also currently records with the True Groove record label.
DONYALE WERLE (Scenic Design). Broadway: Peter & the Starcatcher (Tony), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Tony nom.), Allegiance. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Daphne’s Dive (Signature), The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC), Runaways, God Bless You Mr. Goldwater, The New Brain, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Party, Tick, Tick, Boom!, Faust, Pump Boys & the Dinettes (Encores Off-Center, City Center), Brooklynite, Too Much Sun, The North Pool (Vineyard), The Explorer’s Club (MTC), Broke-olgy (Lincoln Center). Awards: Tony, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Hewes and Ruth Morley Design Award. Affiliations: Broadway Green Alliance, USA 829, Wingspace.
CLINT RAMOS (Costume Design) Broadway: Eclipsed (Tony), The Elephant Man (also West End), Violet. Recent: Here Lies Love (NY and London), Little Shop of Horrors (Encores! Off-Center), Barbecue (Public), Appropriate (Signature), Dry Powder (Public). More than 100 NY, regional and international credits. Principal designer for Encores! Off-Center under Jeanine Tesori’s leadership. Awards: Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards, Helen Hayes Award. www.ClintRamos.com.
DONALD HOLDER (Lighting Design). Broadway: 50 productions and eleven Tony award nominations, winning the Tony for Best Lighting Design for The Lion King (1998) and the 2008 revival of South Pacific. Recent projects include: The Bridges Of Madison County, Spiderman and the revivals of Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me, and The King and I. Television: “Smash” Seasons One and Two.
KEN TRAVIS (Sound Design). Broadway: Aladdin, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Story the Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, Memphis, The ThreePenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias. Numerous theaters and companies across the US, Canada and Europe and Australia.
DEKE SHARON (Vocal Arrangements). Heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella," (Entertainment Weekly), Deke Sharon is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. Deke produces "The Sing-Off" worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa) and served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's Pitch Perfect & Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson. Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs. He is also contemporary cappella's most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. His books include "Acappella Arranging" (2012), “A Cappella” (2015), and the upcoming “The Heart of Vocal Harmony." As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, the original "Rock Band Without Instruments," Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. He has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including "Just Dance Kids 2.” He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and received CASA's lifetime achievement award in 2016. You can see him on television on Lifetime’s “Pitch Slapped” (aka “Pitch Battle” in the Philippines, and “A Cappella Battle” in Israel).
RICK HIP-FLORES (Musical Supervisor) has recently conducted Fun Home, Beautiful, and Rocky on Broadway, and was Associate Conductor and Arranger at the Radio City Spectacular, directed by Mia Michaels. As keyboardist, credits include School of Rock, Aladdin, Billy Elliot, and Into the Woods (Delacorte); Musical Director of We Will Rock You (First National Tour), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… (Zipper Theater), and numerous regional productions at the MUNY and Northshore Music Theatre; Music Supervisor of Heatwave: The Jack Cole Project at Queens Theatre in the Park, and ’Swonderful at Pittsburgh CLO. Richard graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and Music. He is a published and award-winning composer/lyricist.
KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ (Book, Music, Lyrics) is an Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter. Kristen and her husband, Robert Lopez, wrote the songs for Disney's Frozen including the quadruple-platinum hit song "Let it Go." She and her husband also wrote and produced all songs for the Disney film Winnie the Pooh (2011) and Finding Nemo, The Musical, currently in its 10th year at Disney's Animal Kingdom. She has done numerous short and full-length musical adaptations for Theatreworks USA, and she’s the co-creator of In Transit, which opened to critical acclaim Off-Broadway in 2010. Other honors (for which she is truly grateful) include Lilly, Harrington, and Dramatist Guild Fellowships. Upcoming projects include a new Disney animated film, Gigantic , Frozen 2, a Broadway bound version of an original musical, Up Here (last seen at La Jolla Playhouse) and an adaptation of Frozen for Broadway. Kristen lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two daughters.
JAMES-ALLEN FORD (Book, Music, Lyrics) had his Off-Broadway writing debut with the production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Condensed Classics, for which he wrote music, toured nationally for Theatreworks USA. A member emeritus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, he received the Harrington Award for outstanding creative achievement. His music has been performed at the O'Neill Musical Theater Conference, the BMI Industry Cabaret, the Century Center’s New Artists Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Duplex Cabaret, the Donnell Library Songbook series, the York Theatre Developmental Reading series, the Kaufman Center’s Bound for Broadway series, nationally syndicated XM radio as well as various other night clubs and venues around New York City. James-Allen sang a cappella in college as a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs.
RUSS KAPLAN (Book, Music, Lyrics) is one of the creators of In Transit (Primary Stages), which received eleven award nominations for its 2010 Off-Broadway production (including Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Other work with In Transit co-author Sara Wordsworth includes Dear Albert Einstein (New York City Children's Theater; Off-Broadway Alliance nominee for “Best Family Show”), Shortstack (York Theatre’s 4@15 series), Vows (Marymount Manhattan College), High School Confidential (published by Dramatic Publishing), and the upcoming rock musical Minnesota. He has composed instrumental scores for Prospect Theatre Company and Third Rail Projects. His debut jazz album “The Ulysses Cycle” was recently released on Ropeadope Records. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a founding member of the a cappella group the Sound Bytes. Member Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. He lives with his wife, daughter and cat in...New Jersey. www.kaplanandwordsworth.com
SARA WORDSWORTH (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a lyricist, librettist, writer, performer, and teaching artist. Her work in New York Theatre has been nominated for Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance & Lucille Lortel Awards, and she is the recipient of the BMI Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre Writing (Librettist), the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and residencies at the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference and CAP21. Writing credits include the a cappella musical In Transit, the published family musicals Dear Albert Einstein and High School Confidential (Dramatic Publishing), a collection of four 20-minute musicals, Shortstack, and the alternative rock musical Minnesota. She has also developed content for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, as well as various regional theaters, venues, educational institutions, recordings, publications, and charities. Performances include work with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios (Feature Film Frozen), Disney Creative Entertainment, and many others. In addition to writing and performing, Sara has served as a teaching artist for several colleges and universities. She sits on the Steering Committee for the Tony-Honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and is a BMI Affiliate Artist. She lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter. www.SaraWordsworth.com.
KATHLEEN MARSHALL (Director/Choreographer). Broadway credits include Living on Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), Saturday Night (Second Stage), My Paris (Long Wharf), Ever After (Paper Mill), Diner (Signature Theatre); Living on Love (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center Theatre). She was the Artistic Director of City Center Encores! for four seasons, where she directed and choreographed The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Carnival and Babes in Arms, among others. She choreographed the musical sequences in the film My Week with Marilyn. TV credits include “Once Upon a Mattress,” “The Music Man” (Emmy nomination) and “2 Broke Girls.” She has received three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Smith College Medal (her alma mater), the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts and has been named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company and a member of the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.