Alex Newell (Lulu) in Broadway's SHUCKED - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Alex Newell (Lulu) in Broadway's SHUCKED































Today, producers Mike Bosner and Jason Owen announced Shucked, the new original musical comedy, will play Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) this spring with preview performances beginning Wednesday, March 8, 2023 for a Tuesday, April 4, 2023 opening night.


Shucked features a book by Tony Award® winner Robert Horn and a score by the Nashville songwriting team of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, who collectively have earned three Grammy Awards® and 18 Grammy nominations. The production is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien with choreography by Sarah O’Gleby, and music supervision, music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award nominee Jason Howland.


The musical comedy will star John Behlmann (Tootsie), Kevin Cahoon (The Who’s Tommy), Andrew Durand (Head Over Heels), Caroline Innerbichler (Frozen North American Tour), Ashley D. Kelley (Bella: An American Tall Tale), and Alex Newell (Once On This Island). Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.



What do you get when you pair a semi-neurotic, New York comedy writer with two music superstars from Nashville? A hilarious and audacious farm-to-fable musical about the one thing Americans everywhere can’t get enough of: corn. Shucked is the new musical comedy that proves sometimes tearing down a few walls, rather than growing them, is the only way to preserve our way of life. Shucked is about to turn Broadway on its ear and offer a kernel of hope for our divided nation.


In a joint statement, Robert Horn, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally said, “Shucked is a passion project. There was something about this idea, this style of humor and this music, that kept this little engine going. What will be on stage at the Nederlander is a story about how we all have the gift of heroism inside us, and about learning to open our hearts to those who are different than us so that growth can happen… and of course, about corn… because the basic thing that unity and acceptance need for survival, is a kernel of truth.”


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Shucked is produced by Mike Bosner, Jason Owen, AEG Presents / Jay Marciano / Gary Gersh, Richard Smith, Jeffrey A. Sine, Walter Schmidt, Bob Boyett, Jeremiah J. Harris, KSO Productions, James L. Nederlander, DudaAllen, John Gore Organization, Madison Wells Live, S&Co., Terry Schnuck, and ZKM Media.


The design team for Shucked includes Tony Award winner Scott Pask (scenic design), Drama Desk Award nominee Tilly Grimes (costume design), Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (sound design), Academy Award winner and Emmy Award winner Mia Neal (hair and wig designer), Stephen Kopel, C12 Casting (casting director), and Michael Passaro production stage manager).


Robert Horn (Book) Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, his theater credits also include Tootsie13 The MusicalMoonshine The MusicalHerculesLone Star Love, and Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance. He’s written, created, and/or produced such iconic series as “Designing Women,” “Living Single,” “High Society,” and “Partners,” has had overall production deals at Warner Brothers, Sony, and ABC Studios, and has written and/or produced over a dozen network pilots some of which including “Car Wash” produced with Will Packer, “The Jenni Rivera Show” with Jenni Rivera, “Sunnyland” with Jennifer Hudson, “Left Of Center” produced with Gail Berman, and “Football Book Club” with NFL star Malcolm Mitchell. He has also written such large-scale events as “Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention” tour and the BBC’s “RuPaul Christmas Special.” His films credits include 13 The Musical on Netflix, the juggernaut franchise Teen Beach MovieSharpay’s Fabulous Adventure; Disney’s animated Wildlife; and the seen by no one ever film Good Advice. He lives by the comedic motto; always leave them wanting 


Brandy Clark (Music & Lyrics) A ten-time Grammy nominee and CMA Awards “Song of the Year” recipient, Clark is one of her generation’s most respected and celebrated songwriters and musicians. Her songs include Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” and Hailey Whitter’s “Ten Year Town.” She has most recently penned songs with and is a featured artist on Ashley McBryde’s critically-acclaimed “Lindeville” project. Her past three solo albums – 2020’s Your Life is a Record, 2016’s Big Day in a Small Town, and 2013’s 12 Stories – each garnered immense critical acclaim landing on “Best of the Year” lists at New York MagazineBillboard, NPR Music, Entertainment WeeklyRolling StoneStereogum, etc. NPR Music calls her, “a storyteller of the highest caliber,” Rolling Stone asserts, “a country visionary…the consolation of a beautiful voice delivering a well-built song, cold truth rising from it like fog off dry ice,” while Slate declares, “one of the greatest living short-story-songwriters in the country (which really means in any genre)” and The New Yorker praises, “No one is writing better country songs than Brandy Clark is.”


Shane McAnally (Music & Lyrics) has written 48 number-one songs, won three Grammy Awards, and been named the Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the year twice. In 2022, Shane became the most nominated songwriter in CMA history. He has written songs for John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Halsey, Gwen Stefani, the Jonas Brothers, Reba, and countless others. As a producer, Shane has worked with superstars like Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson, Willie Nelson, Sam Hunt, Walker Hayes, Kelsea Ballerini, and Carly Pearce. In 2012, McAnally founded SMACKsongs publishing, whose songwriters and artists have collectively written over 70 #1 songs, and SMACK management which was responsible for the meteoric rise of Walker Hayes in 2021 and the record-breaking single “Fancy Like.” In addition, Shane is the co-president and co-owner of Monument Records (a partnership with Sony Records), and also starred for two seasons on NBC’s “Songland” alongside Ryan Tedder and Ester Dean. Shane and his husband, Michael McAnally Baum, live in Nashville with their 9-year-old twins, Dash and Dylan.


Jack O’Brien (Director) has won three Tony Awards for his direction of HairsprayHenry IV, and The Coast of Utopia. His other recent Broadway credits include Arthur Miller’s All My SonsCarouselThe Front PageCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryIt’s Only a PlayMacbethThe NanceDead AccountsCatch Me If You CanImpressionismDirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Imaginary FriendsThe Invention of Love (Tony nomination and Drama Desk winner), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to LoveGetting Away with MurderThe Little FoxesDamn YankeesTwo Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), and Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard ProblemPride’s Crossing, and Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award). Other productions include Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, Much Ado About Nothing for the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, Love Never Dies, and Hairspray (Olivier nomination) in London, which saw a revival at the Coliseum in London last summer. O’Brien was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre from 1981 till 2007. He has directed six programs for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” His book, Jack Be Nimble, is published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, and the second volume, Jack in the Box: or, How to Goddamn Direct, is also published by FSG.


Sarah O’Gleby (Choreographer) credits include: Almost Famous (Broadway), Tony’s Opening Numbers 2022 (Radio City), The Wanderer (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mythic (Charing Cross, London), High Button Shoes (City Center Encores!). O’Gleby is Resident Choreographer for “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show” (NBC). Sarah also creates unique one-off events for Hermes, Robin Hood Foundation, Target, Rose Bowl (NBC), Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (NBC), “The View” (NBC), and “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS).


John Behlmann (Gordy). Broadway: Max Van Horn in Tootsie (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Significant Other, Journey’s End. Off-Broadway: The 39 Step, shows with Encores!, Ars Nova, Roundabout, MTC, MCC, and the Civilians; Nuke Laloosh in Bull Durham musical. Film: Confess, Fletch; Standing Up Falling Down; Wolf of Wall Street; Revolutionary Road; Dead Sound. TV: Agent Adams in “Riverdale,” “Good Behavior,” “Madam Secretary,” “Instinct,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife.” Video Games: Grand Theft Auto, Hearthstone, longtime voice of World of Warcraft. John is also a trapeze artist, photographer, proud dad, and one-time face of Dairy Queen.


Kevin Cahoon (Peanut) currently plays Earl Clark on FOX’s “Monarch.” Broadway: The Who’s TommyThe Lion KingThe Rocky Horror ShowChitty Chitty Bang BangThe Wedding Singer. Off-Broadway: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (also Boston, San Francisco, Edinburgh), The Foreigner (Roundabout - Lortel nomination), The Wild Party (MTC), How I Learned To Drive (Second Stage), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons). TV: “Glow,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Modern Family,” “Six Degrees,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Black Box,” “The Mentalist,” “CSI,” “Franklin and Bash,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Law & Order,” “Criminal Intent,” “Hope and Faith,” “The Royale.” Film: So Cold The RiverMars Needs MomsI Am MichaelOne NightThe Thing About My FolksThe Curse Of The Jade ScorpionSudden Manhattan, and the documentaries, Whether You Like It Or Not: The True Story of Hedwig and Squeezebox. Regional: The Guthrie, Williamstown, the Old Globe, Bard Summerscape, the Ahmanson, among others. Kevin received the OUTMusic Award for his debut recording, Doll. NYU - Tisch.


Andrew Durand (Beau) Broadway: InkHead Over HeelsWar HorseSpring Awakening. West End: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Gigantic (Vineyard), Love's Labour's Lost (The Public), The Wild Bride (St. Ann's Warehouse), The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons). Tour: Kneehigh Theater Company. US: Berkeley Rep, Guthrie, Chicago Shakespeare. UK: Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman, the Asylum. Television: CBS' "Madam Secretary" (Guest Star), “NCIS New Orleans” (Guest Star), NBC’s “Law and Order: Organized Crime” (Guest Star). Apple TV: “Servant” (Recurring Guest). Film: One December NightHere Today


Caroline Innerbichler (Maizy) was most recently seen as Anna on the national tour of Frozen. Other credits: Little House on the Prairie (national tour); Guys and DollsLittle House on the Prairie (Guthrie Theater); Mamma Mia!, White ChristmasThe Sound of MusicThe Pirates of Penzance (Ordway Center); Bye Bye BirdieFiddler on the RoofThe Little Mermaid (Chanhassen Dinner Theaters); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Ensemble Theatre Company); Ragtime (Park Square Theater). Love and gratitude always go to Tim, her supportive family and friends, and her wonderful partner Sean. For Grandma Dottie and Grandma Doreen. 


Ashley D. Kelley (Storyteller) National Tour: The Play That Goes Wrong. Off-Broadway: Eve’s Song (The Public Theater, directed by Jo Bonney), Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons, directed by Robert O’Hara). Regional: An Act of God (Bucks County Playhouse), Bella: An American Tall Tale (Dallas Theater Center), Dorothy in The Wiz (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Film: Home Team (Netflix). TV: Recurred on “Insatiable” (Netflix), “Luke Cage” (Netflix), “Bull” (CBS), and “Chicago PD” (NBC). New York born and raised! Graduate of Temple University. Grateful to God! @ashleydkelley.


Alex Newell (Lulu) has an extensive list of credits both on Broadway and television. TV credits include the recent fan favorite “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” along with the Emmy-nominated Christmas special; “Our Kind of People,” and two hit Fox series, “Empire” and “Glee.” Alex has received overwhelming accolades and award nominations including Critics Choice, Gold Derby, Screen Actors Guild, and Hollywood Critics Association. Broadway credits include Once On This Island which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album and the show won the Tony for Best Musical Revival. Recently, Alex starred in the pre-Broadway show, The Last Supper.


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