Broadway's Shucked has begun previews at the Nederlander Theatre. Opening night is set for April 4.
Details on the plot of this original comedy are scarce, with press notes revealing little more about the "farm-to-fable musical" than a collection of corn puns: "Shucked is about to turn Broadway on its ear and offer a kernel of hope for our divided nation." The show features a book by Tony winner Robert Horn (Tootsie, 13), with three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Front Page) at the helm.
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Shucked stars Caroline Innerbichler as Maizy, Alex Newell as Lulu, John Behlmann as Gordy, Kevin Cahoon as Peanut, Andrew Durand as Beau, Ashley D. Kelley as Storyteller 1, and Grey Henson as Storyteller 2.
They're joined by an ensemble comprising Jimmy Brewer, Audrey Cardwell, Dwayne Clark, Rheaume Crenshaw, Jaygee Macapugay, Scott Stangland, Yasmeen Sulieman, and Quinn VanAntwerp, rounded out by swings Miki Abraham, Ken Wulf Clark, Traci Elaine Lee, and Alan Wiggins.
Shucked features music by the Grammy-winning, Nashville-based songwriting team Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, choreography by Sarah O'Gleby, and music supervision, music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony nominee Jason Howland.
Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design is by Tilly Grimes, lighting design is by Japhy Weideman, sound design by John Shivers, and wig design by Mia Neal. John Miller is the music coordinator, Billy Jay Stein and Hiro Iida of Strange Cranium designed the electronic music, and Juniper Street Productions handles production management.
Claire Trempe serves as company manager, Michael J. Passaro is the production stage manager, Michelle Bosch is the stage manager, Matthew Henao is the assistant stage manager, and general management is handled by RCI Theatricals. The production was cast by Stephen Kopel and C12 Casting.
Shucked is produced by Mike Bosner, Jason Owen, Jeffrey A. Sine, Bob Boyett, Jeremiah J. Harris, James L. Nederlander, Duda Allen, Karen Fairchild, Terry Schnuck, Jimi Westbrook, KSO Productions, AEG Presents, Sony Music Entertainment, S&Co, Horipro Inc, the John Gore Organization, and ZKM Media.