With JULIA ABUEVA, KATE BALDWIN, JAKE LEVY, KYLE McARTHUR, BRYCE PINKHAM, SALENA QURESHI, THOM SESMA, NATHANIEL STAMPLEY
BEGINS JANUARY 2019
at the Tony Kiser Theater: 305 West 43rd Street
Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.
JULIA ABUEVA made her New York stage debut in the critically acclaimed production of KPOP at Ars Nova. West End: Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage credits include: Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Singapore premieres of Next to Normal (Natalie) and Spring Awakening (Wendla); Manila premieres of Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) and Aspects of Love (Young Jenny); and Philippine Repertory’s production of The Fantasticks (Luisa). Julia co-starred in the Amazon comedy pilot “Making Friends.” Upcoming film: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp. Nat Wolff).
KATE BALDWIN is currently starring in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for which she personally received Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include: Finian's Rainbow (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Big Fish, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, she received Drama Desk nominations for her work in The Keen Company's production of John & Jen and the Public Theatre's production of Michael John LaChuisa's Giant. Also off-Broadway: Songbird at 59E59 Street Theaters. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. TV: "Law & Order: SVU". PBS: "First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb" and "Live From Lincoln Center: Stephen Sondheim's Passion." Concerts: Chicago Humanities Festival, NSO, PSO and the American Songbook Series. Recording: Let's See What Happens and She Loves Him: Live at Feinstein's (PS Classics). www.kate-baldwin.com
JAKE LEVY is thrilled to make his Second Stage Theater debut. He earned his BA from the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in 2018. Favorites: Carrie (Tommy Ross), Carousel (Jigger), Pippin (Pippin) and Dogfight (Fector). Regional: 13 The Musical, Rent, Les Misérables and Hairspray. @Jlevy31
KYLE MCARTHUR Kyle McArthur is thrilled to be making his professional debut in Superhero after playing Simon at the O'Neill NMTC. When not performing, Kyle enjoys spending time with his family of four brothers. Thanks to Laura Pietropinto and Marianne Leone at Terrific Talent, Abrams Artists, Telsey, Second Stage, Tom Kitt and the Superhero Team for this opportunity.
BRYCE PINKHAM is most widely known for originating the role of 'Monty Navarro' in the Tony Winning Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, for which he was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards. He soon after appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. His other Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Ghost the Musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He most recently starred in Benny and Joon a new musical adaptation of the 1993 movie starring Johnny Depp at the Old Globe Theater. His latest onscreen appearances include Baz Luhrmann's Netflix series The Get Down, Robert De Niro's The Comedian, and as a series regular on PBS's Civil War drama series Mercy Street. His other TV credits include "Blindspot", "The Good Wife" and "Person of Interest". @theBrycecapades
SALENA QURESHI's Second Stage debut! Film: Draupadi Unleashed, My Cousin Sister’s Wedding, All These Small Moments (Tribeca FF), Friends and Romans. TV: Recurring on “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Also seen on “The Brave” (NBC), “The Path” (Hulu), “Girls” (HBO). Theater: Evita (Mistress, Maine State).
THOM SESMA recently appeared as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the off-Broadway revival at Barrow Street Theatre. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of roles in John Doyle’s acclaimed 2017 revival of another Sondheim classic, Pacific Overtures. Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, and national tours of The Lion King, Miss Saigon and Titanic. Other appearances off-Broadway: Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional credits include the McCarter, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita and more. Television guest appearances include “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest” and others. Previous credits at Second Stage: Eric Overmyer’s In a Pig’s Valise and Baba Goya by Steve Tesich, both in 1989. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.
NATHANIEL STAMPLEY Broadway: Cats, The Color Purple (original and revival), The Lion King, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Big Love, Signature Theatre; Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center's Encores!; The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional: Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award), The Bridges of Madison County (Jeff nomination), Ragtime, Marriott Theatre; Hatuey: Memory of Fire, Music-Theatre Group. Concerts: Candide (Carnegie Hall); West Side Story, Bernstein's MASS (Philadelphia Orchestra). Ten Chimneys Fellow, UW-Madison alum. nathanielstampley.com
JOHN LOGAN (Book) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then, Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. In 2013, his play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. He also co-wrote the book for the musical The Last Ship and is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. Logan's upcoming theatrical work includes Moulin Rouge! As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, Edgar, and PEN Center award. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281. He also created and produced the television series "Penny Dreadful" for Showtime.
TOM KITT (Music and Lyrics) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Other composing credits: If/Then (Tony Nomination); High Fidelity; Bring it On, The Musical; Disney's Freaky Friday; and The Winter's Tale, All's Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public's NYSF); Tom is the music supervisor for the new NBC drama, "Rise," and is responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Jagged Little Pill, SpongeBob SquarePants, "Grease Live!" and Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, "Bigger." Other television songwriting credits include "Royal Pains," "Penny Dreadful," and "Sesame Street." As an arranger and orchestrator, credits include all three Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang ("Live and Let Die"), "The Kennedy Center Honors," Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets.
JASON MOORE (Director). Broadway: Fully Committed, Shrek the Musical (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for Best Direction), Steel Magnolias, Avenue Q (Tony nomination, Best Direction). Upcoming: The Cher Show. Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (the Vineyard), Guardians (the Culture Project), The Crumple Zone, Tales of the City, with music by the Scissor Sisters (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco). Associate directing: Les Misérables (Broadway, National Tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks (Charlotte Repertory Theatre). Television: "Dawson's Creek," "Everwood," "One Tree Hill," "Brothers and Sisters," "Trophy Wife." Film: Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2 & 3 (Executive Producer), Sisters. Moore divides his time between New York and Los Angeles, and received a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.