Take Flight, a new musical with music by Academy Award winner David Shire, lyrics by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr., and book by Tony Award winner John Weidman, is now playing at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, through June 6.
The show blends fact and fiction to tell the interweaving stories of three pioneers of aeronautics: The Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. As their dreams become reality, these aviators discover the real costs of their sky-high ambitions.
The cast includes Jenn Colella (Amelia Earhart), Michael Cumpsty (George Putnam), Claybourne Elder (Charles Lindbergh), Stanton Nash (Wilbur Wright), Benjamin Schrader (Orville Wright), and ensemble members Carey Rebecca Brown, Bobby Daye, Linda Gabler, Marya Grandy, Todd A. Horman, Price Waldman, and William Youmans.
Over the past two years, McCarter has served as an artistic home for the collaborators to delve deeply into the structure and the storytelling of the musical. “I am thrilled that McCarter is able to launch this astounding and important new piece of American musical theater, giving you the opportunity to reflect anew on the soaring spirit of American ingenuity,” said McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann. Take Flight had its world premiere in 2007 at Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
For more information: 888-278-7932 or McCarter.org