Broadway Alum Erika Henningsen Will Star in JOY THE MUSICAL
Erika Henningsen is going to mop the floor with talent in her latest theatrical endeavor. The Mean Girls on Broadway leading lady will star in the world premiere of Joy the Musical at George Street Playhouse. Performances begin December 7 ahead of a December 16 opening at the New Brunswick, New Jersey, venue.
The musical follows the real-life story of Joy Mangano, who founded a business dynasty focused on making home life easier with products like the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. She frequently made appearances on QVC and HSN, making a name for herself as one of America’s foremost inventors and entrepreneurs—all the while juggling a complicated family of her own.
“It's always inspiring to see women who defy expectations portrayed onstage, it's even more thrilling when that woman's story is true,” says Henningsen. “I am beyond grateful to be joining the Joy family and cannot wait to share this story through the incredible script and score our artistic team has crafted. Joy herself is a testament to the idea that any dream, big or small, is worthy and can come to fruition when we trust our voice and our heart. I look forward to trusting both as we bring this brand new, original musical to life.”
“Some of my happiest childhood memories are of seeing musicals—I have to pinch myself that this incredible show is based on my life,” said Mangano. “Joy The Musical is exactly the inspiring and uplifting show that makes musicals magical”
Joy the Musical is directed by Casey Hushion with choreography by Emmy winner and Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse. The show features a score by Tony-nominated orchestrator AnnMarie Milazzo, musical supervision by Andy Einhorn, and a book by Tony-winning producer Ken Davenport, who obtained the rights to the life of the best-selling author, inventor, and self-made millionaire.
Milazzo and Einhorn have previously worked together, crafting the score for A Walk on the Moon, which had its East Coast premiere at George Street Playhouse in April. A few years ago, Davenport and Milazzo worked on the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Once On This Island.
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