By Bob Carlton
Directed by Gabriel Barre
Music Direction by Greg Pliska
Starring Tony Award nominees STEVEN BOYER, ROBERT CUCCIOLI, PATRICK PAGE, and MARY TESTA, along with KIM EXUM, KEVIN R. FREE, JO LAMPERT, AMY SPANGER and a cosmos of intergalactic luminaries. Astrophysicist NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON will beam in for a special appearance!
Prepare to blast off with this musical space odyssey of Shakespearean proportions. Exploding with over thirty cosmic hits of classic rock-n-roll, and playfully based on The Tempest and the cinematic sci-fi classic, this fun-filled musical rockets Shakespeare’s beloved characters from stage to space as Captain Tempest crash lands on the planet D’Illyria, inhabited only by the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and their trusty robot Ariel.
With songs including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “The Monster Mash,” and “Good Vibrations” along with some of Shakespeare’s most iconic phraseology catapulted through hyperspace into a campy concoction, this rare opportunity to experience this Olivier Award-winning musical is not to be missed.
This is an important intergalactic fundraiser for Red Bull Theater. Proceeds help to make all our programs possible.
Return to Forbidden Planet will also feature Charlotte Maltby, Jeffrey Eugene Johnson, Ben Jones, Salisha Thomas in the cast, plus a live band: Matt Deitchman, Jessie Nelson, Pearl Rhein, and Jenny Hill with music direction by Greg Pliska; choreography by Tracy Bersley, costumes by Heather C. Jackson, projections by Joshua Thorson, sound by Patrick LaChance, and lighting by Paul Hudson.
Special cameo appearances will include F. Murray Abraham, Bryan Batt, Emily Bergl, Arnie Burton, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Veanne Cox, Paige Davis, Ann Harada, Chad Kimball, Crista Moore, Sarah Rice, Laila Robins, Derek Smith, Emily Swallow, and Marc Vietor,
KEVIN R. FREE