Comedy duo and Tony nominees Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway September 15 for the first preview of Gutenberg! The Musical! At curtain call, the actors celebrated the sold-out performance with matching trucker hats reading "First Performance Ever," plus a photo with the audience. Check out footage of the curtain call above.
The musical's Broadway premiere run is now underway, with an official opening night set for October 12. The limited engagement will run through January 28, 2024. Scott Brown and Anthony King penned the show, with Tony winner Alex Timbers at the helm.
Gad and Rannells, who are reuniting after appearing together in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon, star as Bud and Doug. The show-within-a-show follows the pair as they try to write a musical about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. Convinced their show is ready for Broadway, they hold a backers' performance in which they play all the parts, aided by hundreds of baseball caps adorned with character names.
“It's a love letter to musicals as performed by two guys who think they know a lot about musicals based on seeing very few musicals," Gad told Playbill as part of our Fall Preview. “So much of art in the 21st century, is driven by a communal cynicism. But these guys are these innocent vessels of pureness and joy…This show beats you over the head with earnestness, and you start off laughing at it until you get sucked into it, and then you fall in love with it.”
The creative team includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Emily Rebholz, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, and sound designers M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations are by T.O. Sterrett, vocal supervision is by Liz Caplan, and music direction is by Marco Paguia. Casting is by C12 Casting. Rachel Sterner serves as production stage manager. Russell Daniels and Sam Hartley are standbys for Bud and Doug.
Gutenberg! The Musical! is produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group; Patrick Catullo; Bad Robot Live; Seth A. Goldstein; Isaac Robert Hurwitz; Runyonland Productions; Elizabeth Armstrong; Timothy Bloom; Larry Lelli; Medley Houlihan; Alchemation; The Council; Crescent Road; Wendy Federman; Marcia Goldberg; Hariton DeRoy; LD Entertainment; James L. Nederlander; Albert Nocciolino; Spencer Ross; Independent Presenters Network; Triptyk Studios/Iris Smith; Jonathan Demar/Griffin Dohr; Andrew Diamond/Alexander Donnelly; Roy Gabay/Nicole Eisenberg; FutureHome Productions/Koenisberg Subhedar; Jessica R. Jenen/Linda B. Rubin; Dan Powell/Amplify Pictures; Jeremy Wein/Walport Productions; Kristin Caskey; Mike Isaacson; and Bee Carrozzini.