THE HUNTINGTON PRESENTS THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, WILDLY ENTERTAINING NEW MUSICAL SING STREET
This new musical with an original score and a 15-member ensemble will be the largest production ever housed at The Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
(BOSTON) – The Huntington in association with Sing Street LLC presents the exuberant new musical Sing Street, based on the hit 2016 indie film of the same title by John Carney (“Modern Love,” Begin Again, Once), with a book by Tony Award winner Enda Walsh (Lazarus, Once), and music and lyrics by Gary Clark (front man of Danny Wilson) and Carney, playing at The Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA from August 26 to October 2, 2022.
Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent on Broadway and at The Huntington) directs, and Tony Award winner & Obie Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge on Broadway) choreographs.
The story is set in Dublin, 1982. Everyone is out of work. Thousands are seeking bluer skies across the Irish Sea. Eighteen-year-old Conor and his schoolmates find an escape from their troubles by forming a band to impress Raphina, a mysterious girl who catches Conor’s eye. With an original score that embraces the sounds of the ‘80s, Sing Street celebrates the joy of first love and the power of music.
The score features original songs such as “The Riddle of the Model” and “Drive It Like You Stole It,” all played by the young actor-musicians of the ensemble, and references songs from iconic ‘80s bands such as Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and The Cure.
With a 15-member cast and a backstage crew of 16, Sing Street will be the largest Huntington production yet at the Calderwood/BCA in the venue’s 18-year history. The ensemble members, in alphabetical order, are:
- Adam Bregman as 18-year-old Conor Lawlor, who when forced to change schools due to his parents’ belt-tightening, decides to form a band in order to get the attention of a girl. Credits include the films Tolkien and The Effects of Lying.
- Courtnee Carter as Raphina, the mysterious and effortlessly cool girl with aspirations of modelling who inspires Conor to start a band. Credits include Billy Porter’s directorial debut film Anything’s Possible, and Once on this Island on Broadway and national tour.
- Billy Carter as Robert Lawlor, Conor’s down-on-his-luck, architect father. Credits include A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway, and Hangmen, Shining City (opposite Matthew Broderick), and Sing Street at NYTW Off Broadway.
- Jack DiFalco as Barry Bray, the school bully. Credits include The Ferryman, Torch Song, and Marvin’s Room on Broadway, and the film of The Goldfinch (playing Nicole Kidman’s son).
- Dónal Finn as Brendan Lawlor, Conor’s supportive, if slightly agoraphobic, older brother who coaches him about music and love. Credits include The Wheels of Time for Amazon and The Witcher on Netflix.
- Anthony Genovesi as Declan, a classmate and the band’s strong-and-silent percussionist. Credits include Sing Street at NYTW.
- Michael Lepore as Gary, a classmate and bandmate of Conor’s. Credits include Spring Awakening (Irondale Center), Bright and Brave (Dixon Place), and Hair (Hofstra University).
- Diego Lucano as Darren Mulvey, a fast-talking, problem-solving classmate who quickly becomes Conor’s friend and the band’s manager. Credits include School of Rock on Broadway, Trevor: The Musical Off Broadway and on Disney+.
- Elijah Lyons as Larry, a classmate and bandmate of Conor’s.
- Alexa Xioufaridou Moster as Anne Lawlor, Conor’s sardonic college-student, older sister. A recent graduate of Northwestern, her credits include the first national tour of Pretty Woman.
- Anne L. Nathan as Sandra, band member Eamon’s mother and a local piano teacher who encourages the band and lets them rehearse at their house. Credits include It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park with George, Chicago, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Ragtime on Broadway, and Sing Street at NYTW.
- Gian Perez as Kevin, a classmate and bandmate of Conor’s. Credits include Sing Street at NYTW, Next to Normal at Westport Country Playhouse, La Carreta with Pregones/PRTT and Roundabout Theatre.
- Dee Roscioli as Penny Lawlor, Conor’s put-upon mother. Credits include Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and across the country, as well as The Cher Show and Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.
- Armand Schultz as Brother Baxter, the uptight and unforgiving head of the Synge Street Christian Brothers School. Credits include Frost/Nixon, The Herbal Bed, A View from the Bridge, and The Secret Rapture on Broadway, and “Inventing Anna” on Netflix.
- Ben Wang as Eamon, a classmate and bandmate of Conor’s, whose mother welcomes the band to their house for rehearsals. Credits include the upcoming “American Born Chinese” TV series on Disney+.
- Understudies include Gable Kinsman, Ale Philippides, and Virginia Vogel.
The production features scenic design by seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Once, An American in Paris), costume design by Crowley and Lisa Zinni (Freestyle Love Supreme), lighting design by seven-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Frozen), sound design by Tony and Grammy Award winner & Olivier Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Moulin Rouge!), video design by Luke Halls (The Lehman Trilogy) and Brad Peterson (West Side Story), and hair and makeup design by Tommy Kurzman (Mrs. Doubtfire). Music supervision is by Peter Gordeno and Kris Kukul (Beetlejuice), Fred Lassen (Prince of Broadway) is music director, with casting by Tara Rubin Casting. Production stage manager is Karyn Meek and stage manager is Amanda Spooner.
Enhancement funding for Sing Street is provided by Barbara Broccoli, Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Orin Wolf, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, The Shubert Organization, Greta Anderson/ Nikolas Anderson, David Droga, John Gore Organization, Kimberly Steward, Caledonia Productions/ Kalin-Rubinstein, No Guarantees/Federman-Koenigberg, William Berlind/Hendel-Karmazin, Independent Presenters Network/LD Entertainment, James Trezza/Scanlan-Perakos, Zell Riley Blume/Rose-Narang, Daryl Roth/Tom Tuft, OD Company Co., and Sony Music Masterworks, in association with Sing Street LLC. Executive Producers are Patrick Daly and Alecia Parker.
Sing Street first opened with sold-out shows at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) in 2019, where New York Magazine declared that “Sing Street will give you joy!” and The Hollywood Reporter called it “spirited and winning!” The production was set to begin performances on Broadway in March 2020 but was forced to cancel its dates due to the COVID pandemic.
The Sing Street original cast recording from Sony Masterworks Broadway is available to stream or download on all major digital service providers.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS
JOHN CARNEY (Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His credits include the hit Amazon Original series “Modern Love,” Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street, Academy Award nominated Begin Again and Academy Award winner Once which was also adapted for the stage picking up 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
GARY CLARK (Music & Lyrics) began his career in ‘80s band Danny Wilson, penning their hit “Mary’s Prayer.” He has worked with many artists, including Natalie Imbruglia and Demi Lovato. He wrote/co-wrote the original songs for the Sing Street film, has been Executive Music Producer for two seasons of Amazon’s “Modern Love,” and is the composer for Emma Thompson’s upcoming Nanny McPhee musical.
ENDA WALSH (Book) is a Tony and multi award-winning Irish playwright and director. Recent plays include Medicine, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, The Same, Lazarus, and Arlington. He has an ongoing association with Landmark Productions, Galway International Arts Festival, and St. Ann’s Warehouse. He received an honorary doctorate from NUI Galway in 2014.
REBECCA TAICHMAN (Director) won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play, and Obie, Outer Critics Circle Awards for Indecent by Paula Vogel. Rebecca is a NY-based director who has directed new plays, classics, opera, and musicals. She is a resident director at The Roundabout, and a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. She is currently creating several large scale devised music-based pieces. rebeccataichman.com
SONYA TAYEH (Choreographer) is an award-winning director and choreographer of stage, screen, and concert dance, currently represented on Broadway with Moulin Rouge! (Tony Award Winner Best Choreography). For a more in-depth look inside her work, visit sonyatayeh.com or @sonyatayeh.
Downloadable photos for Sing Street can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/huntingtontheatreco/albums/72177720300688960.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Celebrating 40 years of outstanding theatre, The Huntington is Boston’s theatrical commons and leading professional theatre company. On our stages and throughout our city, we share enduring and untold stories that spark the imagination of audiences and artists and amplify the wide range of voices in our community. Committed to welcoming broad and diverse audiences, The Huntington provides life-changing opportunities for students through its robust education and community programs, is a national leader in the development of playwrights and new plays, acts as the host organization for a multi-year residency of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a Black theatre company based in Boston, and serves the local arts community through our operation of The Huntington Calderwood/BCA. Under the leadership of Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Loretta Greco and Managing Director Michael Maso, The Huntington is currently conducting a transformational renovation of the historic Huntington Theatre, a storied venue with a bold vision for the future. The project will allow us to innovatively expand our services to audiences, artists, and the community for generations to come. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.