SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW
NOVEMBER 15 AT NOON FOR
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Book by JOHN LOGAN
Music and Lyrics by TOM KITT
Directed by JASON MOORE
Previews begin January 31, 2019
Opening Night February 28, 2019
Featuring KATE BALDWIN, BRYCE PINKHAM,
JULIA ABUEVA, JAKE LEVY, SALENA QURESHI,
THOM SESMA, NATHANIEL STAMPLEY,
and introducing KYLE McARTHUR
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November 14, 2018 – Continuing its 40th Anniversary Season, which began with the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that single tickets for the upcoming world premiere musical, SUPERHERO, will go on sale on Thursday, November 15 at 12:00pm. Single tickets are priced $79 - $99 and are available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visiting 2ST.com.
Directed by JASON MOORE, and featuring a book by JOHN LOGAN and music and lyrics by TOM KITT, SUPERHERO will begin previews January 31, 2019 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) and will officially open on February 28, 2019.
In honor of Second Stage Theater’s 40th Anniversary Season, 40 seats for the February 3rd 7pm performance will be available for just $40.
SUPERHERO will feature KATE BALDWIN (Charlotte), BRYCE PINKHAM (Jim) and newcomer KYLE McARTHUR (Simon), as well as JULIA ABUEVA (Rachel), JAKE LEVY (Dwayne), SALENA QURESHI (Vee), THOM SESMA (Vic) and NATHANIEL STAMPLEY (Dean Fulton).
Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.
Subscriptions packages for this season begin at $195 and are available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visiting the company’s website, www.2ST.com. A limited number of $30 Under 30 tickets are available in advance to those ages 30 and under with proper identification.
$25 Student Rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain based on availability. To purchase tickets or subscriptions, call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.
SUPERHERO is sponsored by American Express.
Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
JULIA ABUEVA (Rachel) made her New York stage debut in the critically acclaimed production of KPOP at Ars Nova. West End: Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage credits include: Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Singapore premieres of Next to Normal (Natalie) and Spring Awakening (Wendla); Manila premieres of Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) and Aspects of Love (Young Jenny); and Philippine Repertory’s production of The Fantasticks (Luisa). Julia co-starred in the Amazon comedy pilot “Making Friends.” Upcoming film: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp. Nat Wolff).
KATE BALDWIN (Charlotte) recently appeared in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for which she received Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Big Fish, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, she received Drama Desk nominations for her work in The Keen Company’s production of John & Jen and the Public Theatre’s production of Michael John LaChuisa’s Giant. Also off-Broadway: Songbird at 59E59 Street Theaters. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. TV: “Law & Order: SVU”. PBS: “First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb” and “Live From Lincoln Center: Stephen Sondheim’s Passion.” Concerts: Chicago Humanities Festival, NSO, PSO and the American Songbook Series. Recording: Let’s See What Happens and She Loves Him: Live at Feinstein’s (PS Classics).
JAKE LEVY (Dwayne) is thrilled to make his Second Stage Theater debut. He earned his BA from the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in 2018. Favorites: Carrie (Tommy Ross), Carousel (Jigger), Pippin (Pippin) and Dogfight (Fector). Regional: 13 The Musical, Rent, Les Misérables and Hairspray. @Jlevy31
KYLE McARTHUR (Simon) will be making his professional theatrical debut with this production after playing Simon in the O'Neill NMTC reading of Superhero. Other readings include Disney's Freaky Friday (Adam), Rapture (Andy), Stuck (Rayce), and The America Project (Cam).
BRYCE PINKHAM (Jim) is most widely known for originating the role of ‘Monty Navarro’ in the Tony Winning Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, for which he was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards. He soon after appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. His other Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Ghost the Musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He most recently starred in Benny and Joon, a new musical adaptation of the 1993 movie starring Johnny Depp at the Old Globe Theater. His latest onscreen appearances include Baz Luhrmann's Netflix series The Get Down, Robert De Niro's The Comedian, and as a series regular on PBS’s Civil War drama series Mercy Street. His other TV credits include Blindspot, The Good Wife and Person of Interest.
SALENA QURESHI (Vee). Second Stage debut! Film: Draupadi Unleashed, My Cousin Sister’s Wedding, All These Small Moments (Tribeca FF), Friends and Romans. TV: Recurring on “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Also seen on “The Brave” (NBC), “The Path” (Hulu), “Girls” (HBO). Theater: Evita (Mistress, Maine State).
THOM SESMA (Vic) recently appeared as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the off-Broadway revival at Barrow Street Theatre. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of roles in John Doyle’s acclaimed 2017 revival of another Sondheim classic, Pacific Overtures. Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, and national tours of The Lion King, Miss Saigon and Titanic. Other appearances off-Broadway: Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional credits include the McCarter, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita and more. Television guest appearances include “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest” and others. Previous credits at Second Stage: Eric Overmyer’s In a Pig’s Valise and Baba Goya by Steve Tesich, both in 1989. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.
NATHANIEL STAMPLEY (Dean Fulton). Broadway: Cats, The Color Purple (original and revival), The Lion King, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Big Love, Signature Theatre; Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center's Encores!; The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional: Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award), The Bridges of Madison County (Jeff nomination), Ragtime, Marriott Theatre; Hatuey: Memory of Fire, Music-Theatre Group. Concerts: Candide (Carnegie Hall); West Side Story, Bernstein's MASS (Philadelphia Orchestra). Ten Chimneys Fellow, UW-Madison alum. nathanielstampley.com
JOHN LOGAN (Book) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then, Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. In 2013, his play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. He also co-wrote the book for the musical The Last Ship and is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. Logan’s recent theatrical work includes Moulin Rouge! As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, and PEN Center award. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281. He also created and produced the television series "Penny Dreadful" for Showtime.
TOM KITT (Music and Lyrics) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Other composing credits: If/Then (Tony Nomination); High Fidelity; Bring it On, The Musical; Disney’s Freaky Friday; and The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF). Tom was the music supervisor for the NBC drama, “Rise,” and is responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Jagged Little Pill, SpongeBob SquarePants, “Grease Live!” and Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, “Bigger.” Other television songwriting credits include “Royal Pains,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Sesame Street.” As an arranger and orchestrator, credits include all three Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (“Live and Let Die”), “The Kennedy Center Honors,” Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets.
JASON MOORE (Director). Broadway: The Cher Show, Fully Committed, Shrek the Musical (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for Best Direction), Steel Magnolias, Avenue Q (Tony nomination, Best Direction). Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (the Vineyard), Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple Zone and Tales of the City, with music by the Scissor Sisters (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco). Associate director: Les Misérables (Broadway, national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks (Charlotte Repertory Theatre). Television: “Dawson's Creek,” “Everwood,” “One Tree Hill,” “Brothers and Sisters,” and “Trophy Wife.” Film: Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2 & 3 (Executive Producer), Sisters. Moore divides his time between New York and Los Angeles and received a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
SECOND STAGE THEATER 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Second Stage Theater’s 40th Anniversary Season kicked off with the World Premiere of DAYS OF RAGE, a new play by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and directed by Trip Cullman who staged the company’s recent Tony-nominated hit production of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero. DAYS OF RAGE features Mike Faist (Dear Evan Hansen), Tavi Gevinson (This Is Our Youth), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Paradise Blue), Lauren Patten (Jagged Little Pill) and Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) and is running through November 25.
Summer 2019 will feature Christopher Shinn’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, DYING CITY, in a new production from acclaimed director Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), who returns to Second Stage after directing Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe this summer.
Additionally this fall, Second Stage’s wildly popular production of Harvey Fierstein’s TORCH SONG, directed by Moisés Kaufman and starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, is playing on Broadway at Second Stage’s Broadway home, The Helen Hayes Theater.
For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
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