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Bucks County Playhouse Debuts Hunter Bell’s New Musical Other World

Bucks County Playhouse Debuts Hunter Bell’s New Musical Other World

The world premiere production of the new musical adventure, Other World  begin performances at the Bucks County Playhouse on March 13 and run through April 11 with an official opening night on March 28.  

The original adventure musical features a book by Tony and Drama Desk nominee and Obie winner, Hunter Bell ([title of show]), and music and lyrics by Obie winner Jeff Bowen ([title of show]) and Ann McNamee.  Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s Colt Coeur and the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award, and associate director for Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen) directs Other World with choreography by Karla Puno Garcia (Broadway’s Hamilton and finale co-choreographer for The Cher Show on Broadway).

Dragons fly … battles are fought … and “ikons” are gained and lost … in the world-premiere, action-adventure musical, Other World. One moment ultimate gamer Sri, and party-happy Lorraine, are in a garage on Earth. The next, they’re magically transported into Sri’s favorite video game, Other World. Trapped with no way out, this unlikely duo is forced into the ultimate scavenger hunt and must work together to find their way home. This heart-stopping new musical explores the connections we make on- and off-line and the families and friendships we need to thrive in any world.The inclusive cast is led by Michael Maliakel as Sri and Ryah Nixon as Lorraine. Heather Mac Rae (Broadway’s original Sheila in Hair) is Myra. The Company of Other World also features Ryan Andes, Charnette Batey, Kaja Burke-Williams, Sommer Carbuccia, Randy Castillo, Sofiya Cheyenne, Andrew Gasparini, Adam Harrington, 

Jack Henry, Heather Hill, Justin Gregory Lopez, Kristen Faith Oei, Shiv Ajay Pancholi-Parekh, Mukta Phatak, Seth Rettberg, Sherisse Springer, Carla Stickler, Jena VanElslander, and Jason Williams.

 “When Robyn and I first saw a reading of Other World, we were immediately captivated,” says Alexander Fraser, Bucks County Playhouse Producing Director. “Broadway hasn’t had a good family-friendly action adventure musical in years, and we’re thrilled to launch what we hope will be a very long life for ‘Other World’.”

“This is the first time a Broadway creative team is taking on a story about our fascination with video games… and while its technology may be ground-breaking, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, sometimes you have to travel to another world to realize there’s no place like home,” says Robyn Goodman, Bucks County Playhouse Executive Producer.

“There’s so much energy and passion around Comic Cons, the gaming community, and superhero action/adventure stories,” says Hunter Bell. “To tap into all of that and make an original musical comedy in a fantastical world is beyond thrilling. We’re also really proud to be creating a family-friendly show where battles and conflicts are represented with creative non-gun alternatives.” 

Musical Supervisor is Mary Mitchell-Campbell. Mary Hamrick is Scenic Designer (One Thrilling Combination at The Public) and Tilly Grimes (Lucille Lortel nominee for off Broadway’s The Government Inspector) is Costume Designer. Grant Yeager (Associate Lighting Designer for Next Fall on Broadway) is the Lighting Designer and Projection Designer is Lucy Mackinnon (Video Design for Jagged Little Pill and Projection Design for The Rose Tattoo on Broadway). Nevin Steinberg (Tony winner for Hadestown on Broadway) is sound designer. Puppet Designs are by AchesonWalsh Studios (The Lightening Thief). Orchestrations are by Christopher Jahnke (Tony nominee for Broadway’s Porgy and Bess). Melanie Shore is Music Director. Hair and Makeup Designs is by Cassie Williams. Casting is by Paul Hardt. Amanda Michaels is production stage manager.

The five-time Academy Award®- winning Weta Workshop makes its first foray into live theater by serving as creative consultant to the production. Rebekah Tisch from the workshop is serving as art director.
 Other World is the third world premiere musical to be produced at the Playhouse since its reopening in 2012. Bucks County Playhouse previously produced Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story in September 2017 and The New World in November of the same year. Other world premieres include Misery (2013), Mothers & Sons (2013) and Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show (2017).

Tickets to Other World start at $65 with special reduced-price tickets available for previews (March 13 -28). Groups of 10 or more qualify for reduced rates. For complete details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121, or the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA.

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