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Margo Seibert, J.D. Mollison, and More to Star in Dave Malloy's Octet

The new musical was penned by the composer of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Margo Seibert will star in Signature Theatre's world premiere of Dave Malloy's Octet.
(© David Gordon)

Signature Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for its world premiere of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 composer Dave Malloy's new musical Octet, directed by Annie Tippe. It will run April 30-June 9 in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for Sunday, May 19.

Adam Bashian (The Phantom of the Opera), Kim Blanck (Alice by Heart), Starr Busby (off-Broadway debut), Alex Gibson (SpongeBob SquarePants), Justin Gregory Lopez (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), J.D. Mollison (X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation), Margo Seibert (In Transit), Kuhoo Verma (The Big Sick), Jonathan Christopher, and Nicole Weiss will star.

The creative team will include Or Matias (music supervision and music direction), Amy Rubin & Brittany Vasta (scenic design), Brenda Abbandandolo (costume design), Christopher Bowser (lighting design), and Hidenori Nakajo (sound design).

The musical is described as follows: "Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology. It is the first musical Signature has produced since its founding in 1991."