Complete Cast Announced For THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL

Alex Mecklosky
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January 16, 2024 9:00 AM

This cast is too Hip To Be Square! Today the complete Broadway company of The Heart of Rock and Roll has been announced! The new musical is inspired by the iconic songs written and performed by Huey Lewis and The News. 

“The casting process has so far been the most thrilling part of creating this show. It’s all just words and notes on a page until an actor gives it life. I am so grateful that this incredible company, made up of some of the world’s most talented stage performers, will be telling our story and singing our songs.” said Huey Lewis.

Leading the company will be: Corey Cott as Bobby and McKenzie Kurtz as Cassandra. The principal cast also includes Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza , Billy Harrigan Tighe, and John Dossett.

Mike Baerga, Tommy Bracco, TyNia René Brandon, Olivia Cece , Taylor Marie Daniel, Lindsay Joan, Ross Lekites, Robin Masella, Kara Menendez, Michael Olaribigbe, Kevin Pariseau, and Robert Pendilla round out the ensemble. Joe Moeller, Jennifer Noble, Fredric Rodriguez Odgaard, and Leah Read as the hardest working people in show business: the swings.

The Heart of Rock and Roll will open on Broadway at The James Earl Jones Theatre with previews beginning on Friday, March 29th with opening night set for Monday, April 22nd.

Set in 1987 and jam-packed with Huey Lewis megahits like “Do You Believe in Love”, “Hip to Be Square” , and “If This Is It,” The Heart of Rock and Roll centers on a couple of twenty-somethings on the cusp of their futures—Bobby, a rock and roller who’s traded his guitar for the corporate ladder and his boss Cassandra who’s always put the family business first. When they both get a second shot at their dreams, it’ll take “The Power of Love” and a little help from their friends — to figure out what kind of life they really want. 

The Heart of Rock and Roll is a smart, funny, heartfelt throwback to the era of big feelings, classic rom coms, and music that really “Stuck With You.” 

The production will feature a book by Jonathan A. Abrams, and story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan A. Abrams. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer, musical direction by Will Van Dyke, choreography is by Lorin Latarro and The Heart of Rock and Roll will be directed by Gordon Greenberg.

Additional creative team members are Derek McLane (Scenic Designer), Jen Caprio (Costume Designer), Japhy Weideman (Lighting Designer), John Shivers (Sound Designer), Nikiya Mathis (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Designer), Tara Rubin Casting / Peter Van Dam CSA (Casting Director), Justin Scribner (Production Stage Manager).

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!