Syracuse Stage Will Premiere New Musical How to Dance in Ohio, Directed by Sammi Cannold | Playbill

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Regional News Syracuse Stage Will Premiere New Musical How to Dance in Ohio, Directed by Sammi Cannold

The upcoming season also includes productions of Disney's The Little Mermaid, the world premiere of Kyle Bass' Tender Rain, and more.

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Syracuse Stage has announced its 2022-2023 season, which will include several world premieres, including the new musical How to Dance in Ohio directed by Sammi Cannold (Evita at New York City Center), which will run September 21-October 9 at the New York theatre.

With music by Jacob Yandura, book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik, How to Dance in Ohio is based on the documentary of the same name. The cast will include autistic actors in the seven principal roles. The musical is dedicated in loving memory to the late Harold Prince, who was reportedly instrumental in its inception.

Also slated for the upcoming season are Disney’s The Little Mermaid (November 25-January 8), the East Coast premiere of Clean/Espejos (February 15-March 5), Thornton Wilder's Our Town (March 29-April 16), the world premiere of Kyle BassTender Rain (May 3-21), and Clue (June 7-25).

Associate artistic director Melissa Crespo will bring Christine Quintana's bilingual drama Clean/Espejos to the stage with a new Spanish translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes. The production will feature supertitles in both English and Spanish.

The second world premiere of the season will be resident playwright Kyle Bass' Tender Rain. Rodney Hudson will direct the play, which examines America's history of race relations through a middle aged white couple living in a small Southern city in the 1950s. 

Syracuse Stage will again present The Cold Read Festival of New Plays in the autumn, in addition to the Theatre for the Very Young program, which introduces children under the age of five to the magic of live performance. The initiative will be performed in partnership with the Everson Museum, which will also serve as the program's host.

The Ojibwe and Oneida performance artist, activist, and writer Ty Defoe has also been commissioned to write an original play for Syracuse Stage's Backstory program. Working with students and community members of the Onondaga Nation, Defoe will create an original work based on the story of the Sky Woman. Defoe is a Grammy award-winning composer and a 2021 Helen Merrill award-winning playwright. Details regarding this production will be released at a later date.

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