The Plymouth Theatre was renamed the Schoenfeld Theatre on May 9, 2005, during the run of the show.


Plymouth Theatre, (10/21/2004 - 5/08/2005)
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, (5/09/2005 - 6/26/2005)

First Preview: Sep 23, 2004
Opening Date: Oct 21, 2004
Closing Date: Jun 26, 2005
Total Previews: 27
Total Performances: 284

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: A street corner under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Comments: The Plymouth Theatre was renamed the Schoenfeld Theatre on May 9, 2005, during the run of the show.

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Producers Four (Benjamin Mordecai, Robert G. Bartner, Brian Brolly, Michael A. Jenkins), Jeff Calhoun, John McDaniel, Leiter/Levine, Scott Prisand and Gutterman Productions; Produced in association with Robert G. Bartner, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., Danny Seraphine, Rick Wolkenberg and Sibling Entertainment; Coordinating Producer: Lauren Doll; Associate Producer: Douglas R. Feurring, Gary Maffei, Jonathan Pinsky, Cathy Pinsky and Ken Denison

Book by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; Music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; Music arranged by John McDaniel; Music orchestrated by John McDaniel; Musical Director: James Sampliner

Directed by Jeff Calhoun; Associate Director: Coy Middlebrook

Scenic Design by Ray Klausen; Costume Design by Tobin Ost; Lighting Design by Michael Gilliam; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans and Peter Hylenski; Associate Scenic Design: Tobin Ost; Hair and Makeup Design: Justen M. Brosnan; Associate Lighting Designer / Automated Lights: Warren Flynn

General Manager: Ken Denison and WWE; Company Manager: Seth Marquette; Associate Co. Mgr: Charlissa Jackson

Production Stage Manager: Kimberly Russell; Stage Manager: Jason Trubitt; Technical Supervisor: Theatersmith, Inc.

Musical Supervisor: John McDaniel; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation; Conducted by James Sampliner; Associate Conductor: Daniel A. Weiss; Keyboard 1: James Sampliner; Keyboard 2: Daniel A. Weiss; Guitar 1: John Putnam; Guitar 2: Gary Sieger; Bass: Irio O'Farrill, Jr.; Drums: Shannon Ford; Reeds: Jack Bashkow; Percussion: Roger Squitero; Cello: Clay C. Ruede; Synthesizer Programmer: Justin A. Malakhow

Special Effects by Chic Silber

Casting: Dave Clemmons Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Dance Captain: Julie Reiber; Web Design/Internet Marketing: Situation Marketing, Damian Bazadona and Ian Bennett

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Opening Night Cast

Kevin AndersonTaylor Collins
(Sep 23, 2004 - Feb 06, 2005)
Cleavant DerricksStreet Singer
Eden EspinosaBrooklyn
Ramona KellerParadice
Karen OlivoFaith
Manoel FelcianoVocalist
Caren Lyn ManuelVocalist
(Sep 23, 2004 - Dec 02, 2004)
Haneefah WoodVocalist

Swings: Manoel Felciano, Julie Reiber and Horace V. Rogers

Understudies: Manoel Felciano (Taylor Collins), Caren Lyn Manuel (Brooklyn, Faith), Julie Reiber (Brooklyn, Faith), Horace V. Rogers (Street Singer) and Haneefah Wood (Paradice)

Songs

Heart Behind These Hands
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
The City Weeds
Christmas Makes Me Cry
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Faith and Taylor Collins
Not a Sound
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
The City Weeds
Brooklyn Grew Up
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn and The City Weeds
Creating Once Upon a Time
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn and Faith
Once Upon a Time
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn and The City Weeds
Superlover
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Paradice and The City Weeds
Brooklyn in the Blood
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn, Paradice and The City Weeds
Magic Man
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Street Singer and The City Weeds
Love Was a Song
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Taylor Collins
I Never Knew His Name
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn
The Truth
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn, Taylor Collins and The City Weeds
Raven
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Paradice
Sometimes
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Taylor Collins and The City Weeds
Love Fell Like Rain
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn
Love Me Where I Live
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Paradice and The City Weeds
Streetsinger
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
Brooklyn, Street Singer and The City Weeds
Heart Behind These Hands (Reprise)
(music by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson; lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson )
The City Weeds

Reviews


AP: "'Brooklyn' Should Charm Audiences"

With its only new musical of the fail season, Broadway is giving an affectionate nod to Manhattan's slightly less glamorous but storied neighbor across the East River.

"Brooklyn The Musical," which opened Thursday at the Plymouth Theatre, should charm audiences with a strong collection of original songs and an outstanding cast.

Against a backdrop of barbed wire, smoldering rubble and crumbling tenements, the setting is more reminiscent of war-torn Beirut than Brooklyn. In substance, the show has little to do with New York's most populous borough, aside from its title and a few fleeting references to Junior's cheesecake and Nathan's hot dogs.

Instead, Brooklyn serves merely as a fairy-tale setting for this allegorical tale of a young Frenchwoman who travels to New York in search of stardom and the American father she never knew.

With an innocent disposition and an impressive voice, Eden Espinosa is appealing as the title character, named after the hometown of her long-lost dad (Kevin Anderson).

Brooklyn makes a name for herself as a singer in Paris and then takes New York by storm, running headlong into a clash with the resident celebrity songstress, the city-hardened diva Paradice (as in "pair of dice"), played by a vibrant and talented Ramona Keller.

The rivalry culminates at Madison Square Garden, where the stars stage a knockdown, drag-out sing-off that those "Chicago" opportunists, Roxy and Velma, would be proud of. The high-stakes contest takes a pleasant and unexpected turn when our heroine gets a little help from a friend.

The superlative voices of Espinosa, Keller and Cleavant Derricks, who plays the likable narrator, power a diverse score packed with raw funk, hard rock and sizzling gospel numbers. Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson teamed to write the book, music and lyrics.

Derricks' voice and humor are particularly well-suited to the musical's more churchy compositions, like the uplifting "Heart Behind These Hands," during which he sermonizes comically and rouses the audience as if he were leading a raucous Sunday morning service.

Karen Olivo rounds out the five-person cast in the role of Brooklyn's mother, Faith. Olivo makes the most of her relatively brief moments at center stage.

"Brooklyn" plays out in a sort of urban wonderland created by designer Ray Klausen's dreamlike set and Tobin Ost's futuristic costumes woven from street-junk accessories much in the spirit of "The Wiz" and "Cats." The book isn't quite developed to the point of eliciting much emotional attachment to its characters or reflection on its themes.

But the quality of the music and the skillful, unobtrusive direction of Jeff Calhoun (whose Broadway credits include "The Will Rogers Follies" and revivals of "Annie Get Your Gun," "Big River" and "Grease") are more than enough to make the show entertaining.


AP
10/21/2004

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Plymouth Theatre

(10/21/2004 - 5/8/2005)

Stage Manager: Jennifer Marik(Jan 15, 2005 - ?), Thomas Gates.

Cast

Kevin Anderson
Taylor Collins (Feb 19, 2005 - Mar 13, 2005)
Lee Morgan
Vocalist (Dec 16, 2004 - ?)
During Kevin Anderson's hiatusTaylor Collins (Feb 8, 2005 - Feb 18, 2005)
Taylor Collins (Mar 15, 2005 - Jun 26, 2005)
Sara Schmidt
Vocalist (Nov 22, 2004 - Mar 25, 2005)
Will Swenson
Vocalist (Mar 17, 2005 - ?)
Shelley Thomas
Vocalist (Mar 17, 2005 - ?)

Swing: Romelda T. Benjamin, Scott Foster.

Understudy: Romelda T. Benjamin (Faith, Paradice), Scott Foster (Taylor Collins), Lee Morgan (Taylor Collins), Sara Schmidt (Brooklyn, Faith), Will Swenson (Street Singer, Taylor Collins), Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn, Faith, Paradice).

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

(5/9/2005 - 6/26/2005)



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