Stage Door Speed Round (Halloween Edition): IT: A MUSICAL PARODY’S Garrett Clayton 

Stage Door Speed Round

Garrett Clayton | Photo: Theatrely

Dan Meyer
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October 28, 2022 10:00 AM

Send in the clowns! Wait, no, that’s the wrong show. Garrett Clayton, currently playing Pennywise in IT: A Musical Parody, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Theatrely in the latest edition of Stage Door Speed Round.

Which Broadway cast album is Garrett’s favorite? How long does it take for him to put on that terrifying Pennywise makeup? What is Garrett’s favorite Halloween costume? All those answers and more below! 

IT: A Musical Parody is currently running through October 31 at Chelsea Table + Stage. In addition to Clayton as Pennywise, it also stars Vanjah Boikai as Mike, E.K. Dagenfield as Ritchie, Trevin Goin as Ben, Gwen Hollander as Beverly, Janaya Mahealani Jones as Stan/Henry, Katie Self as Eddie/George, and Sterling Sulieman as Bill.

The musical is written by John Flynn, directed by Nathan Moore, and features choreography by Mallory Butcher, in addition to musical direction and arrangements by Gregory Nabours. IT features production design by Chadd McMillan and lighting design by Julien V. Elstob. Pablo Rossil and E.K. Dagenfield serve as executive producers for Rockwell Productions.

When the piece debuted on the west coast in 2019, the show won six Los Angeles Ovation Awards, including Best Production of a Musical, Best Book and Best Direction.

Inspired by Stephen King’s novel, the 1990 miniseries, and the 2017 two-part film, IT follows seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, as they confront their worst nightmare: a shapeshifting evil that emerges from the sewer to prey on children and disguises itself as a clown. Together, the group must overcome their fears and battle the demon for their lives.

For tickets and more information, click here.

(Video production by Brandon Schwartz) 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.