SUPERHERO

Book by JOHN LOGAN    Music & Lyrics by TOM KITT

Musical Staging by LORIN LATARRO

Directed by JASON MOORE

With JULIA ABUEVA, KATE BALDWIN, JAKE LEVY, KYLE McARTHUR, BRYCE PINKHAM, SALENA QURESHI, THOM SESMA, NATHANIEL STAMPLEY

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS JANUARY 31
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.

Scenic Design BEOWULF BORITT

Costume Design SARAH LAUX

Lighting Design JEN SCHRIEVER

Sound Design BRIAN RONAN

Projection Design TAL YARDEN

Illusion Design CHRIS FISHER

Orchestrations MICHAEL STAROBIN & TOM KITT

Music Director BRYAN PERRI

Music Coordinator MICHAEL AARONS

Casting TELSEY + COMPANY

 

CAST 

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 starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! as Irene Molloy (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Award nominations). Other Broadway: Finian's Rainbow (Tony Award, Drama Desk, 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 John & Jen and Giant. 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."

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 Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, Grammy Nominations); The Heidi Chronicles (Outer Critics Nomination); Ghost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Holiday Inn. TV: “Mercy Street,” “Blindspot,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Instinct.” Upcoming: “Proven Innocent” on Fox, Benny and Joon at Papermill Playhouse. BA: Boston College; MFA: Yale School of Drama. @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 in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at CSC. Stage credits include Broadway: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search & Destroy, Nick & Nora. National Tours: Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures (Lortel Nomination), Discord, Cymbeline, Othello. 2nd Stage: Baba Goya, In a Pig’s Valise. Regional: McCarter, Yale Rep, Signature, Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Rep St. Louis. TV credits include: “Instinct’” “Madam Secretary,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest.” thomsesma.com

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

WHITNEY BASHOR (Standby for Charlotte, u/s Dean Fulton). Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (Clarence Derwent Award).  Off Broadway: Ordinary Days, The Fantasticks, Himself and Nora. Regional: The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Beaches, Merrily We Roll Along (Wallis Annenberg; Ovation Award Nominee), Fly By Night (Dallas Theatre Center), Light in the Piazza (PTC; Barrymore Award Winner), Unsinkable Molly Brown (MUNY). TV: “Law and Order SVU,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “All My Children.” BFA U of Michigan.  

BART SHATTO (u/s Dean Fulton, Jim, Vic) was last seen on Broadway in the Tony-nominated War Paint (opposite two-time Tony winner Patti Lupone). Other Broadway: Les Miserables (Valjean), The Civil War, Hands on a Hardbody, Dracula. National Tours: Les Miserables, The Civil War, Cats. Developmental: October Sky, Fly, Hands on Hardbody. Vocalist for symphonic rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra (since 2002). ) TV: “Murphy Brown,” “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Gaspard and Lisa” (Disney Jr.).

KENNEBREW TAYLOR (u/s Rachel, Vee) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut at Second Stage with the incredible team of Superhero. TV: “Divorce” (HBO). She graduated with her BFA from Pace MT in 2016. @kennebreww 

PABLO TORRES (u/s Dwayne, Simon) is agog to work with this brilliant cast and creative team. His credits include A Little Night Music (Huntington), Elegies For… (Edinburgh Fringe), Mary Poppins (Wheelock), Merrily We Roll Along (Huntington). Proud Boston Conservatory graduate. @PabloTorresNYC

CREATIVE TEAM

JOHN LOGAN (Book) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. Other plays include Peter and Alice, I’ll Eat You Last and Never the Sinner. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three-times nominated for the Oscar, and has received Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, Edgar and PEN Center awards. His films include Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Coriolanus, Alien: Covenant and Any Given Sunday. He also created “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime.

TOM KITT (Music & Lyrics, Orchestrations) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Other credits include: If/Then; High Fidelity; Bring it On, The Musical; Disney’s Freaky Friday; Dave; The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); As a music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator, credits include SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical; Head Over Heels; Jagged Little Pill; NBC’s Rise; Grease Live!; American Idiot; and the Pitch Perfect films. Tom received an Emmy Award with co-writer Lin-Manuel Miranda for their 2013 Tony Awards opening number, “Bigger.” @tomkittmusic

JASON MOORE (Director). Broadway: The Cher Show, Fully Committed, Shrek the Musical (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for Best Direction), Steel Magnolias, Avenue Q (Tony nomination, Best Direction). Carnegie Hall: Jerry Springer: The Opera. Off-Broadway: Speech and Debate (Roundabout), Avenue Q (Vineyard), Guardians (Culture Project), The Crumple Zone and Tales of the City, with music by the Scissor Sisters (ACT). Associate director: Les Misérables (Broadway, national tour), Ragtime (Vancouver). Writer: The Floatplane Notebooks (Charlotte Rep). Television: “Dawson's Creek,” “Everwood,” “One Tree Hill,” “Brothers and Sisters,” and “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.

LORIN LATARRO (Musical Staging) Broadway: Waitress, Les Liasions Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot, Curious Incident... and American Idiot (Associate).. Additional choreography: La Traviata (Met Opera), Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), Chess (Kennedy Center), Twelfth Night (Delacorte), 21 Chump Street (BAM), Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe), Assassins, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores!), Queen of The Night (Drama Desk Award), Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington). Director: Taste of Things to Come (Chicago). Lorin performed in 12 Broadway shows, danced for Tharp, Momix, Graham. Juilliard graduate. Upcoming: Waitress and Home Street Home (West End).   

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