New Musical The Perfect Game Officially Opens Off-Broadway January 21 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News New Musical The Perfect Game Officially Opens Off-Broadway January 21

Featuring a book, music, and lyrics by John Grissmer, the musical explores the impact basketball has had on its players.

Anthony Sagaria, David Beach, Tyler Belo and Nick Bernardi

Are you ready to rumble? The Perfect Game: A Slam Dunk New Musical officially opens Off-Broadway at Theatre Row January 21. 

Featuring an original book, music, and lyrics by John Grissmer, direction by Danny Salles (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), choreography by Ashley Marinelli (Stranger Sings), music direction by Matthew Stephens (The Body Politic), and arrangements and music supervision by Russ Kassoff (Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away), the musical will run through January 27.

The musical comedy weaves together the life of Jim Naismith, the man who wrote the original basketball rulebook, with the modern day lives of two basketball coaches struggling with personal and professional issues. When Jim and his wife, Maud, enter the modern world to help the two coaches get back on track and rediscover their love of the game, the quad join forces to prepare for the final match of the season.

Anthony Sagaria (Wicked, Disney’s Frozen) stars as basketball inventor, Jim Naismith, alongside David Beach (Something Rotten, It’s Only a Play), Tyler Belo (Hamilton), Nick Bernardi (Annie), Milena J. Comeau (The Outsiders), Jesse Lynn Harte (Legally Blonde), Akina Kitazawa (New York, New York), Alec Ludacka (Kinky Boots), Steve McCoy (Spamalot), Lukas Poost (Unlock’d), Elena Ricardo (Beautiful), Jamal Shuriah (Shout Sister Shout), Danielle J. Summons (Baby), Scott Whipple, and EJ Zimmerman (Les Misérables).

David Goldstein is the scenic designer, Matthew Solomon is the costume designer, Andrew Garvis and Jamie Roderick are the co-lighting designers, and Brendan McCann is the production props designer. William Spinnato is the production stage manager.

The Perfect Game is executive produced and general managed by Visceral Entertainment. Casting is by Daryl Eisenberg of Eisenberg Casting, and the associate producer is Joseph Fusco.

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