The musical adaptation of “The Outsiders,” based on S.E. Hinton’s classic novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s renowned 1983 film, is set to make its Broadway debut in the upcoming spring season.
The Outsiders Musical Sets Broadway Dates
Under the direction of Danya Taymor, the musical is scheduled to officially premiere on April 11, 2024, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Previews for the production, which features a script by Adam Rapp in collaboration with Justin Levine and music and lyrics by Levine and Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance from Jamestown Revival, will begin on March 16. Casting details for “The Outsiders” will be announced later.
The storyline is set in 1967 Tulsa and revolves around the core group of characters, led by Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade, as well as their chosen family of “outsiders.” The narrative follows their struggles for survival in a world that rejects their presence. This exploration of brotherly bonds, purpose, and enduring hope revives Hinton’s cherished examination of societal disparities on the New York stage.
In recent news, Angelina Jolie, acclaimed actress, director, and producer, has joined the musical’s production team. The collaboration also involves The Araca Group, American Zoetrope, Olympus Theatricals, Sue Gilad, and Larry Rogowsky.
THE OUTSIDERS MUSICAL TO OPEN ON BROADWAY
Jolie shared her excitement about her involvement in a statement: “My time at the Lee Strasberg Institute revealed my passion for theater. The opportunity to return to it has finally arrived, and I’m eager to contribute and learn from this exceptional team, with whom I’ve been working since I watched the show at La Jolla Playhouse with my daughter.”
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The musical had its initial global premiere in March, produced by La Jolla Playhouse, led by artistic director Christopher Ashley and managing director Debby Buchholz.
Levine oversees music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations, while Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman manage choreography. The visual elements, including scenic design by AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Cody Spencer, and projection design by Hana Kim, contribute to the show’s overall impact. Music direction is under the guidance of Matt Hinkley, and casting is managed by Tara Rubin Casting/Xavier Rubiano, CSA.
The production boasts an extensive list of co-producers, including The Shubert Organization, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Sony Masterworks, James L. Nederlander, John Gore Organization, and others. This collaboration includes many contributors adding their unique perspectives and expertise to the project.