The original cast of “How to Dance in Ohio” returns to New York for the reunion concert on May 20th

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Original cast of How to Dance in Ohio Return to New York for the reunion concert on May 20th

The production was a major milestone for neurodivergent representation on Broadway, with seven openly autistic actors in the cast.

Madison Kopec, Liam Pearce and the cast of How to Dance in Ohio
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How to dance in Ohio The play closed on Broadway on February 11th and returns to New York on May 20th for one night only.

A concert production at the Palladium Times Square reunites the production's original cast to perform excerpts from the show with the musical's Broadway band. The evening will also feature special appearances from members of the production team and fans who contributed to the production's legacy.

The new neurodivergent coming-of-age musical premiered at the Belasco Theater on December 10, 2023, after previews began on November 15.

The production was a major milestone for neurodivergent representation on Broadway, with seven openly autistic actors playing the show's seven autistic characters, as expressed in the show's mantra: “Nothing about us without us.”

The show released its cast album on January 19th.


Photos: The cast of Broadway's “How to Dance in Ohio” poses with their documentary film co-stars on opening night

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Directed by Sammi Cannold, the production was a certifiable cornucopia of Broadway debuts, with Cannold making her long-awaited Main Stem debut alongside the show's writers, composer Jacob Yandura and writer-lyricist Rebekah Greer Melocik, as well as much of the cast gave.

Adapted from Alexandra Shiva's 2015 HBO documentary, the show follows the challenges faced by a group of autistic young adults at a counseling center in Ohio. With the support of clinical psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo, the center organizes a formal spring dance and encourages them as they encounter love, fear, stress, excitement and hope on the path to human connection.

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How to Dance in Ohio It will have a world premiere on the Syracuse Stage in 2022. Much of this production's cast, which includes autistic actors in the seven lead roles, reprized their performances for the Broadway run, including Desmond Edwards as Remy, Amelia Fei as Caroline, Madison Kopec as Marideth, Liam Pearce as Drew, Imani Russell as Mel, Conor Tague as Tommy and Ashley Wool as Jessica. All seven made their Broadway debut with the musical.

The Broadway cast also included Caesar Samayoa (Come from far away) as Dr. Emilio Amigo, Cristina Sastre as Ashley Amigo, Haven Burton (Shrek) as Terry, Darlesia Cearcy (Shuffle along…) as Johanna, Carlos L Encinias (Les Miserables), Nick Gaswirth (The Great Comet), Melina Kalomas, Martín Solá, Jean Christian Barry (Stranger sings), Collin Hancock, Hunter Hollingsworth, Marina Jansen, Ayanna Thomas and Marina Pires.

VIDEO: Go behind the scenes at How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway

The world premiere creative team continued the show at the Main Stem, including choreographer Mayte Natalio, music director Lily Ling, set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Sarafina Bush, lighting designer Bradley King and sound designer Connor Wang. Orchestration is by Bruce Coughlin and Scott Rowen serves as production stage manager. Cast is by Benton Whitley and Micah Johnson-Levy of Whitley Theatrical. ShowTown Theatricals serves as general manager and Mary-Mitchell Campbell is music consultant.

To ensure authentic autistic representation on stage, the production also worked with an accessibility team that included autistic creative consultant Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, director of community engagement Becky Leifman, associate producer Jeremy Wein, production assistant Liz Weber, and the script consultant Nicole D' included. Angelo.



Photos: How To Dance In Ohio on Broadway

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