Music Theater Heritage Presents Regional Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SONG & DANCE
Music Theater Heritage has announced the cast and creative team for the second production of its 2022 season, the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SONG & DANCE. The production is directed by Emily Shackelford, who last appeared on MTH in her record-breaking production of CATS in 2018. SONG & DANCE is directed by Jessalyn Kincaid and Linnaia McKenzie with choreography by Caroline Dahm.
The rarely produced musical features one act narrated entirely by “Song” and the other entirely by “Dance,” and features some of Webber’s most appealing tunes like “Unexpected Song,” “Tell Me On A Sunday,” and “Nothing Like You”. never knew.”
Alongside Shackelford, the full ensemble includes Aimee Grajeda, Sarah McGuyer, Max Nelson-Steinhoff and MaryAnn Traxler. The creative team includes music direction by Mark Ferrell, scenic design by Sarah Reed, lighting design by Shelbi Arndt, costume design by Shannon Smith-Regnier, sound design by Jon Robertson and stage management by Lacey Willis.
Although SONG & DANCE premiered on Broadway in 1985, Webber composed VARIATIONS (now the dance part) in 1978 for his cellist brother Julian. Originally composed for cello and rock band, VARIATIONS is based on Paganini’s Caprice in A minor No. 24. While the Broadway production of SONG & DANCE was rearranged for cello and orchestra, MTH was able to secure the rights for the original cello and rock band arrangements. The rock band includes Ferrell on piano, Sascha Gorschang on cello, Tod Barnard on drums, Cindy Egger on guitar and Sonja Richardson on bass.
SONG & DANCE gives fifteen performances, from May 12 to 29. Tickets start at just $35 and are available by visiting www.MTHKC.com or calling the box office at 816.221.6987. Health and Safety: As of March 23, MTH no longer requires proof of vaccination. Masks are optional.