Previews for Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written Begin April 2

The new musical from York Theatre Company re-imagines classical Greek epic The Odyssey.

Performances of the world-premiering Penelope, or How The Odyssey Was Really Written at The Theater at St. Jean’s begin April 2. Opening night for the York Theatre Company production will be April 7, with performances continuing through April 24. Previews for the show were postponed due to a recent COVID outbreak.

Starring in the show are 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 features a book and lyrics by Tony nominee Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by Stephen Weiner (The Rivals) as it reimagines The Odyssey by focusing on Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, through letters she writes to herself under the guise of the letters being from her husband as he fights 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 Cheek, Desperate 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.

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