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How Justin Peck Turned Sufjan Stevens’s Album Illinois Into a Tony-Nominated Folk Ballet

Peck and his team share the secrets behind the new musical at the St. James Theatre.

Sufjan Stevens’s album Illinois is a landmark album for a lot of elder millennials — and director/choreographer Justin Peck is no different. With writer Jackie Sibblies Drury, Peck turned the record into a queer coming-of-age folk ballet called Illinoise, now up for several Tony Awards including Best Musical. Here, Peck and his team tell us about how they made the show come to life.

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Final performance: August 10, 2024


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