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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS: A Spectacular New Musical

 Broadway's Imperial Theatre Welcomes 


A Spectacular New Musical

The lights of Broadway are set to shine brighter than ever as producers Peter Schneider, Jennifer Costello, Grove Entertainment, Frank Marshall, Isaac Robert Hurwitz, and Seth A. Goldstein proudly announce the arrival of the highly anticipated musical sensation, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). This captivating production, based on the bestselling novel by Sara Gruen, is set to take the stage with previews commencing on Saturday, February 24, 2024, followed by the grand opening on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

With its spellbinding narrative, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS promises to be a landmark event in the world of Broadway. This extraordinary musical boasts a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, celebrated music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., and is masterfully directed by Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone. The show's creative team comprises a diverse and talented group of artists, ranging from seasoned Broadway veterans to circus performers, uniting to bring this exceptional tale to life.

Director Jessica Stone expressed her enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the collaboration of artists from various backgrounds. "What excites me most about WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is working with our enormous design and creative team, an incredible group of artists from different avenues of storytelling," said Stone. "From Broadway veterans to puppeteers to circus artists - we have an eclectic collection of internationally acclaimed and innovative creators."

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS tells the poignant story of a young man who, after a profound loss, embarks on a journey that leads him to a traveling circus. Within the mesmerizing world of the circus, he discovers a new home and a love that surpasses his wildest dreams. The tale unfolds through the lens of his older self, reminding us that life's adventures can begin anew at any age.

Tickets for this spectacular production will go on sale starting Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 9 AM through Telecharge.com (212.239.6200). Ticket prices range from $59 to $199, including a $2 facility fee. 

The performance schedule for WATER FOR ELEPHANTS offers evening shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 PM, with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. Please note specific dates with adjusted schedules as mentioned in the official announcement.

For those seeking priority access to tickets, a visit to the official website, www.waterforelephantsthemusical.com, is highly recommended.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS showcases an impressive array of talent behind the scenes, including circus design by Shana Carroll (The 7 Fingers), choreography by Jesse Robb (Miss Saigon), scenic design by Drama Desk Award winner Takeshi Kata (Clyde's), costume design by David Israel Reynoso (Sleep No More), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Bradley King (Hadestown), and sound design by Tony Award nominee Walter Trarbach (Spongebob Squarepants), among others. This production promises to deliver a visual and auditory spectacle unlike anything seen on Broadway before.

Following its world premiere in Atlanta on The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre from June 7, 2023, to July 9, 2023, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS received critical acclaim, with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution hailing it as a "triumph" that "truly dazzles."

For more information and updates, please visit the official website at www.waterforelephantsthemusical.com and follow @w4emusical on social media.

Join the conversation using the hashtags #W4EMusical, #ChooseTheRide, and #WaterForElephantsMusical.

Meet the Creative Team

Jessica Stone (Director): A Tony Award-nominated director known for her work in Kimberly Akimbo and various Broadway productions.

Rick Elice (Book): A seasoned Broadway figure with credits including Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Cher Show.

PigPen Theatre Co (Music & Lyrics): A talented ensemble originating from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, renowned for their theatrical and musical creations.

Jesse Robb (Co-Choreographer): A versatile choreographer with a diverse portfolio covering Cirque Du Soleil, Disney, and more.

Shana Carroll (Co-Choreographer/Circus Design): Co-founding Artistic Director of The 7 Fingers, a Montreal-based circus company, and a seasoned choreographer.

Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design): An acclaimed set designer with a wealth of experience in theatrical productions.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design): An Obie Award-winning costume designer, known for his work in Sleep No More and numerous theatrical productions.

Bradley King (Lighting Design): A Tony Award-winning lighting designer responsible for the lighting in Hadestown and other Broadway productions.

Walter Trarbach (Sound Designer): A Tony Award nominee recognized for his sound design in Spongebob Squarepants and other productions.

David Bengali (Projection Design): Known for his work in The Thanksgiving Play and other theater productions.

Campbell Young Associates (Hair & Makeup Design): A prominent design team with a track record in Broadway and beyond.

Camille Labarre (Puppet Design): Founder and Creative Director of LAB LAB, specializing in puppet and prop design.

Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Co-Music Supervisor/Co-Arranger): A prominent figure in Broadway music direction and the founder of ArtsIgnite.

Benedict Braxton-Smith (Co-Music Supervisor/Co-Arranger): An Australian Music Director, Orchestrator, and Composer with credits in Broadway and beyond.

Daryl Waters (Orchestrations): A Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning orchestrator known for his work in Memphis, New York, New York, and more.

The arrival of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS promises to be a theatrical event of unmatched magnitude, offering audiences an unforgettable journey into the world of the circus, love, and 

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