The Verdict: Critics Review Coming-of-Age Rocket Musical October Sky | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: Critics Review Coming-of-Age Rocket Musical October Sky Adapted from the 1999 film with Jake Gyllenhaal, October Sky is a new musical about boys, rockets and big dreams. Following previews that began Aug. 19, the world premiere officially opened at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, Aug 26.
Alex Weisman, Ben Barker, Nate Lewellyn, Patrick Rooney

From the producers who brought Wicked, Billy Elliot and Bring It On to Broadway, the new musical runs through Oct. 11. Click here to purchase tickets

October Sky Takes Flight! First Shots of World Premiere Musical Based on the 1999 Jake Gyllenhaal Film

The cast features Broadway actors David Hess (Sweeney Todd, Annie Get Your Gun) as John Hickam and Susan Moniz (Grease) as Elsie Hickam. 

Based on the film, as well as the book "Rocket Boys" by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., October Sky is written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler. It follows a teenage boy living in a small, coal-mining town and his determination to not end up like the generations before him. With his friends, they build homemade rockets and release them, along with their dreams and aspirations, into the sky.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.


Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Tribune

Journal Sentinel


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