Universal Stage Productions is set to host a lab presentation of a new musical stage adaptation of October Sky in New York on November 9 and 10.
The adaptation is described as follows: "Inspired by the New York Times #1 Best Selling memoir Rocket Boys and the beloved 1999 motion picture, October Sky tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a local high schooler destined for a future in the coal mines of West Virginia. After the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, Homer decides to pursue a future in rocketry against the wishes of his practical-minded father, ultimately inspiring an entire community to look to the stars."
The reading's cast will include Dan Tracy, Jeremy Kushnier, Christiane Noll, Kayla Davion, Jill Paice, and Terence Archie as well as Mimi Bessette, Kendra Jo Brook, John Cardoza, Alan H. Green, Tim Gulan, Trisha Jeffrey, Chris McCarrell, Austyn Myers, Johnny Newcomb, Zachary Noah Piser, Clinton Roane, Connor Russell, Bart Shatto, Lance Arthur Smith, Craig Spidle, Betsy Stewart, Austin Thomas, and Scott Wakefield.
October Sky features a book by Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, and music direction by Charlie Alterman. Rachel Rockwell directs and choreographs.
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