ILLINOISE To Open At Broadway's St James Theatre

Alex Mecklosky
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March 19, 2024 10:00 AM

One last show sneaking in this season! Illinoise, the theatrical adaptation of Grammy- and Oscar-nominated Sufjan Stevens’ concept album will be transtering to the St James Theatre this spring. Crafted by Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Justin Peck and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. The new Broadway musical will performances begin Wednesday, April 24th, which will be the engagement’s opening performance. 

The strictly limited engagement will run through Saturday, August 10th, 2024. Illinoise moves to Broadway direct from two critically acclaimed sold-out productions at the Park Avenue Armory and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. A company of performers brings the original story to life, set to the entirety of Stevens’ album with new arrangements by composer, pianist, and frequent Stevens collaborator Timo Andres, ranging in style from DIY folk and indie rock to marching band and ambient electronics, performed live by an 11-member band and three vocalists. 

The cast of Illinoise includes Yesenia Ayala, Kara Chan, Ben Cook, Gaby Diaz, Jeanette Delgado, Carlos Falu , Christine Flores, Jada German, Zachary Gonder,  Rachel Lockhart, Brandt Martinez , Dario Natarelli, Tyrone Reese, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons , Byron Tittle, Ricky Ubeda and Alejandro Vargas . The vocalists and band for Illinoise will be announced shortly.

 "We're absolutely thrilled to bring Illinoise to the St. James Theatre on Broadway. This project has been ruminating in my mind for nearly 20 years, which makes this moment even more sublime,” says Justin Peck. 

In addition to Stevens, Peck, and Drury, the creative team includes Music Director and Supervisor Nathan Koci, Music Arranger and Orchestrator Timo Andres, Scenic Designer Adam Rigg, Lighting Designer Brandon Stirling Baker, Sound Designer Garth MacAleavey, Costume Designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, Props Designer Andrew Diaz, Mask Designer Julian Crouch, Associate Director and Choreographer Adriana Pierce, Associate Music Director Sean Peter Forte, Production Stage Manager Thomas Gates,

Production Management by Aurora Productions and Brian Freeland, General Management by TT Partners. 

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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!