Other World, a new musical from [title of show]'s Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, begins its world-premiere engagement February 24, one day later than originally announced, at Delaware Theatre Company. Performances are scheduled to continue through March 20.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs the new work, which features a book by Bell and music and lyrics by Bowen and Ann McNamee. Choreography is by Karla Puno Garcia with art direction by Rebeka Tisch and the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop.
Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo, Head Over Heels) and Jamen Nanthakumar head a cast that also includes Adinah Alexander, Ryan Andes, Charnette Batey, Sommer Carbuccia, Jon Cooper, Bella Coppola, Madeleine Doherty, Zuri Noelle Ford, Andrew Gasparini, Adam Harrington, Heather Hill, Arianne Meneses, Kristen Faith Oei, Mukta Phatak, Seth Rettberg, Marilyn Melissa Salguero, Sav Souza, Daryl Tofa, Patrick Tombs, Joseph Torello, Zuri Washington, Jason Williams, and Sierra Wilson.
In Other World, Sri and Lorraine are in a garage on earth, where they are magically transported into Sri’s favorite video game. Now trapped in the game and in a race against the clock, the pair must work together, discover their inner strengths, and connect with gifted gamers and astonishing avatars in order to survive and find a way home.
The production also has music direction by Amanda Morton; set design by Mary Hamrick Williamson; costume design by Tilly Grimes; associate costume design by Caity Mulkearns; lighting design by Grant Yeager; associate lighting design by Alexandra Mannix; sound design by Hidenori Nakajo; associate sound design by Sam Kusnetz; projection design by Lucy Mackinnon; associate projection design by Nitsan Scharf and SooA Kim; wig, hair, and makeup design by Cassie J. Williams; and assistant wig, hair, and makeup design by Caroline Schettler, with puppet design and direction by Fergus J. Walsh, Stefano Brancato, and Matt Acheson. The production stage manager is Sara Barnes.
Other World was slated to have its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in March 2020, a run that was ultimately postponed indefinitely due to the spread of COVID-19.
[title of show]—the musical that, according to a fan-favorite song in the show, would rather be nine people's favorite thing than 100 people's ninth favorite thing—premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 before playing the Vineyard Theatre in 2006. A subsequent Broadway transfer featured the entire original cast (Bowen and Bell as well as co-stars Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff).
Bell earned a Tony nomination for the book of the musical, about two guys writing a musical—about two guys writing a musical.
The four stars of [title of show] also collaborated on Now. Here. This., which premiered at the Vineyard.
The Delaware Theatre Company's 2021-2022 season will subsequently continue with Renée Taylor's My Life on a Diet (April 6-17) and Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Bud Martin (May 11-22).