The new musical Between the Lines will begin performances at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theater June 14. Ahead of its premiere, Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, who wrote the score, shared with Playbill the inspiration behind the musical.
Watch the video above to hear about the origins of the musical, and listen to Arielle Jacobs perform “A Whole New Story” from the production.
The cast will feature Jacobs as Delilah, Jake David Smith as Prince Oliver, Vicki Lewis as Ms. Winx/Jessamyn Jacobs/Mrs. Brown/Kyrie, Hillary Fisher as Allie/Princess Seraphima, Will Burton as Frump/Ryan, Jerusha Cavazos as Janice/Marina, John Rapson as Dr. Ducharme/Rapskulio, Wren Rivera as Jules/Ondine, Sean Stack as Martin/Troll/Dad/Delivery Person, and Julia Murney as Grace/Queen Maureen. They will be joined by understudies Heather Ayers, Dan Hoy, Martin Landry and Aubrey Matalon.
Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, the new musical follows Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. Soon, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, and she has to confront whether she has the power to rewrite her own story.
The musical had its world premiere in 2017 at Kansas City Rep, which was followed by a concert presentation at NYC's 92Y.
The work features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and a score by Samsel and Anderson (Central Park). Two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) will direct, with choreography by Paul McGill (The Legend of Georgia McBride), orchestrations and arrangements by Tony nominee Gregory Rassen (Bandstand), music direction by Daniel Green (Almost Famous), scenic design by Tony nominee Tobin Ost (Newsies), costume design by two-time Tony winner Gregg Barnes (Mean Girls), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages), sound design by Ken Travis (Aladdin), projection design by Caite Hevner (In Transit), and hair and makeup design by J. Jared Janas (Jagged Little Pill).
Between the Lines is produced by Daryl Roth and co-produced by Elizabeth Armstrong, Andrew Paradis, Sullivan Entertainment, and Tom Tuft.