Bay Street Theatre presents the world premiere of The Man in the Ceiling, which begins performances at the Sag Harbor, New York, venue May 30. The musical, which features a book by Jules Feiffer and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is directed by Jeffrey Seller, producer of Hamilton. Performances will continue through June 25.
Lippa takes the stage as Uncle Lester; the cast also features Jonah Broscow as Jimmy Jibbett, Erin Kommor as Lisi, Brett Gray as Charlie Beemer, Danny Binstock as Father, and Nicole Parker as Mother.
The Man in the Ceiling, according to Bay Street, is “about Jimmy Jibbett, a boy cartoonist. A hopeless aptitude if you listen to his father, who wants Jimmy to play ball like a real boy. You'd think his mother would stick up for him, but she's too busy, running here, there, everywhere. Besides she's got her brother Lester to worry about. He writes musicals, but he can't come up with a love song. So Jimmy's only true support becomes the comics characters he invents until, one day, he discovers way up on the ceiling, something new and surprising that will change him and his family.”
“I am thrilled this new musical will open the 2017 Mainstage Season at Bay Street, continuing to affirm our deep commitment to the production of new works for the stage,” said Artistic Director Scott Schwartz in an earlier statement. “Jules Feiffer, Andrew Lippa, and Jeffrey Seller are renowned theater artists, and all of us at Bay Street so look forward to working with them as they create this world premiere. The Man in the Ceiling was featured as a reading in the 2016 Bay Street New Works Festival and it is a pleasure to be able to take this new work we have helped develop and bring it to life in full production.”
The production team includes music supervisor Will Van Dyke, music director Ryan Fielding Garrett, set designer David Korins, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Howell Binkley, sound designer Walter Trarbach, props designer Andrew Diaz, and hair and makeup designer Meg Murphy. Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.
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