OKLAHOMA! Star Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lisa Loeb, More Tapped for THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS

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Rebecca Naomi Jones | Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images

Dan Meyer
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May 17, 2022 3:55 PM

A bevy of talented performers and creators will come together for the return of The 24 Hour Musicals. The beloved event will take place May 23 at 8 PM PT at the Bourbon Room in Los Angeles, California.

The cast includes Broadway alums Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!), Rena Strober (Les Misérables), Emily Kinney (Spring Awakening), Andrew Leeds (Falsettos), Mary Faber (American Idiot), and John Arthur Hill (Hairspray), along with Matilda the Musical U.S. tour star Lily Brooks O'Briant and Stranger Things favorite Shannon Purser. Also in the lineup are Kether Donohue, Angelique Cabral, Erica Chamblee, Gracie Gillam, Mary Chieffo, Mina Sundwall, Timm Sharp, and Paravi.

Lisa Loeb, Lindsey Kraft, J. Holtham, Brad Silnutzer and Joey Orton, Steve Yockey, and Rachel Axler will write pieces, working with directors Gordon Greenberg, Jaki Bradley, and Michael John Garcés. John Carrafa is the choreographer alongside music supervisor/directors Mark T. Evans, Dwight Rivera, Elizabeth Curtin, Jennifer Lucy Cook, and Angela Parrish. Additional cast and creative team members will be announced soon.

Four original musical works presented will be written, composed, rehearsed, and performed within a 24 hour time span. The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins the night before the show at a kick-off event. Performers, composers, directors, choreographers, music directors, musicians and production staff gather for a brief talent orientation where they share special talents, skills, desires, and sing some songs. At 11 PM, writers and composers begin crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 AM, actors receive their roles, and directors, choreographers and musicians begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.

“After two years of creating monologues, plays and musicals through both virtual and hybrid experiences. Seeing this incredible group of artists gather in person... will be incredibly powerful,” said artistic director Mark Armstrong.

The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will return in person this fall following the company’s annual free professional intensive, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals in July. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.