Asheville’s NC Stage will present the world premiere of the musical Brave New World this spring. Based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, the play invites audiences into the World State, where the population is chemically engineered, technologies control emotions, and happiness is just a pill away. The production has a book by Ben Andron (White’s Lies Off Broadway, Broken Snow and Breaking Bobby Stone), and features music by Jonnie Rockwell (The Anthem Off Broadway) and Grammy and Emmy Award-winner John McDaniel (whose Broadway music director and supervisor credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Catch Me If You Can, and Brooklyn). Lyrics are written by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and Pageant). Joining this creative team will be a crew of local designers, musicians, and actors.
In the recent past, NC Stage played a similar role in the development of Stalking the Bogeyman before its Off-Broadway and West End runs, and Someone Else, currently slated for an off-Broadway run this spring. Founded by Charlie and Angie Flynn-McIver, NC Stage Company is Asheville’s only professional equity theatre, celebrating its 14th year producing plays for the Asheville community. It is a state arts resource theater supported by the NC Arts Council.
Brave New World will run May 11—June 5, 2016. For more information and tickets, visit www.ncstage.org or call (828) 239-0263.