The Huey Lewis and the News jukebox musical The Heart of Rock and Roll is set to make its Broadway debut at the James Earl Jones Theatre beginning March 29. Opening night is April 22.
Featuring a book by Jonathan Abrams and a story by Abrams and Tyler Mitchell, the production is directed by Gordon Greenberg, choreographed by Lorin Latarro, and has music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer. It had its world premiere at the Old Globe in San Diego in 2018.
With chart-topping songs such as “Hip to Be Square,” “Do You Believe in Love,” “Workin’ for a Livin’,” and “The Power of Love,” the musical follows a former rock singer who has traded in his guitar for a stable job in corporate America. He’s on the verge of closing the ultimate business deal and winning the girl of his dreams (who’s also the CEO’s daughter) — that is, if he doesn’t jeopardize everything by reuniting with his band for another shot at rock-and-roll glory.
Lewis’s songs are also currently used in Back to the Future: The Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.