Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written Begins Off-Broadway Previews March 23

The new musical from York Theatre Company features music by Stephen Weiner and a book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg.

The world premiere of Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written, begins performances March 23 ahead of a March 31 opening night at The Theater at St. Jean’s. Produced by York Theatre Company, the upcoming Off-Broadway show has previously announced a limited run scheduled through April 24.

The production stars Philippe Arroyo (Aladdin) as Telemachus, Leah Hocking (Billy Elliot) as Eurycleia, Cooper Howell (Emojiland) as Antinous, Ben Jacoby (Beautiful) as Odysseus, David LaMarr (Jersey Boys) as Mileter, Jacob Alexander Simon (A Chorus Line) as Bassanio, Britney Nicole Simpson (Beauty and the Beast) as Penelope, George Slotin (High Button Shoes) as Haius, Sean Thompson (Sunset Boulevard) as Barius, and Maria Wirries (Dear Evan Hansen) as Daphne.

The musical, with a book and lyrics by Tony nominee Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), recasts The Odyssey as letters Penelope, wife of Odysseus, writes to herself and pretends are from her husband while he is away fighting in the Trojan War.

Emily Maltby directs and choreographs the production, leading a creative team that includes scenic designer James Morgan, costume designer Lex Liang, lighting designer Joan Racho-Jansen, and sound designer Brad Ward. Chris Steckel is production stage manager.

David Hancock Turner (Cheek to CheekDesperate Measures) is music director and has provided orchestrations. The musical also features vocal arrangements by Turner, Steve Delehanty, and Weiner. Casting is by Michael Cassara.