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The Outsiders Musical Reveals Cast and Creative Team at La Jolla Playhouse

Preview performances begin next month.

The cast of The Outsiders at La Jolla Playhouse.
The cast of The Outsiders at La Jolla Playhouse.
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La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of the new musical The Outsiders, which is slated to begin previews on February 19 ahead of an official opening night on March 4. Performances are scheduled through April 2.

Based on S.E. Hinton's coming-of-age novel and set in 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Outsiders follows a band of working-class "greasers," led by Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade, as they fight for space and purpose against the preppy "Socs" and a whole society designed to see them fail. The Outsiders has been a staple of high school reading lists for decades, and was further immortalized by Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film (which is also a basis for this musical).

The cast features Brody Grant as "Ponyboy," Sky Lakota-Lynch as "Johnny," Daniel Marconi as "Randy," Kevin William Paul as "Bob," Brent Comer as "Paul," Ryan Vasquez as "Darrel," Da'Von T. Moody as "Dallas," Jason Schmidt as "Sodapop," Trevor McGhie as "Two-Bit," Piper Patterson as "Cherry," and Kiki Lemieux as "Marcia." They will be joined by ensemble members Annelise Baker, Jordan Chin, Milena Comeau, Barton Cowperthwaite, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Spencer McCabe Hunsicker, Sean H. Jones, L'ogan J'ones, Renni Magee, Tristan McIntyre, Junior Nyong'o, Melody Rose, and Daryl Tofa.

As previously announced, The Outsiders features a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp (The Sound Inside), music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Tony Award winner Justin Levine (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), who will also provide music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations. Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs.

The creative team includes AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian (scenic designer), Sarafina Bush (costume designer), Isabella Byrd (lighting designer), Justin Ellington (sound designer), Tal Yarden (projection designer), Jeremy Chernick (special effects designer), Nicholas Parrish (wig designer), and Tishonna Ferguson (make-up designer).

The production team also includes Matt Hinkley (music director), Matt Stine (music producer), Ann James (sensitivity specialist), Gigi Buffington (company voice and dialect), Liz Caplan (vocal supervisor), Jimmie Lee Smith (stage manager), and Jenn Elyse Jacobs and Emily Searles (assistant stage managers).

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