Irish Rep's previously announced world premiere production of new musical The Butcher Boy has announced its cast. With previews beginning July 21 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage, the new work will officially open August 1 and have a limited run through September 11.
Starring will be David Baida as Pig 4, Nicholas Barasch as Francie Brady, Carey Rebecca Brown as Pig 2, Joe Cassidy as Alo/William, Kerry Conte as Mary/Mary/Mary, Andrea Lynn Green as Ma, Daniel Marconi as Phillip Nugent, Polly McKie as Pig 3, Michele Ragusa as Mrs. Nugent/Kathleen, Scott Stangland as Da, and Teddy Trice as Pig 1. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
The surrealist coming-of-age musical, set in the 1960s in an Irish village, follows Francie Brady, a youth frustrated with his small town. His carefree spirit brings him to life in a comic book dreamland that becomes more precarious after he taunts newcomer, Philip Nugent, and a pig-filled curse.
Ciarán O'Reilly will direct the world premiere, joined by music director David Hancock Turner, choreographer Barry McNabb, scenic designer Charlie Corcoran, costume designer by Orla Long, lighting designer Kat Zhou, sound designer M. Florian Staab, and projection designer Dan Scully.
April Ann Kline is the production stage manager, Jade Doina is the assistant stage manager, Liam Prendergast is the assistant director, and Emma Camp is the assistant choreographer. Orchestrations are by Muldoon and Sammy Grob, and casting is by JZ Casting.
Asher Muldoon wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the adaptation in 2017 while a high school senior. Muldoon then approached Irish Rep about his work, which they subsequently workshopped and produced as a concert performance in 2018.
Based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Patrick McCabe, it is the first original musical Irish Rep has developed in eight years. It was adapted into a film in 1997, which starred Eamonn Owens, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rea and Sinéad O’Connor directed by Neil Jordan.
For tickets and more information, visit IrishRep.org.