MCC Theater has added performances to its upcoming world premiere of Gavin Creel's Walk On Through: Confessions of a Museum Novice, set to begin performances at the Off-Broadway company's Susan & Ronald Frankel Theatre November 13. Formerly scheduled to close December 10, the production will now run through December 23.
Creel will lead the cast, appearing alongside Sasha Allen (Camp, Hair), Madeline Benson (SIX), Chris Peters, Ryan Vasquez (The Wrong Man), and Scott Wasserman (Hamilton). Casting is by The Telsey Company's Rachel Hoffman.
Developed and previously presented at The O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference, the work is inspired by Creel's time wandering the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. The musical features 17 original songs written by Creel, who makes his theatrical songwriting debut with the production. Creel has previously released albums featuring his pop songwriting, including 2006's Goodtimenation and 2012's Get Out.
Linda Goodrich is directing the world premiere, leading a creative team that includes scenic designer I. Javier Ameijeiras, costume designer Jeff Mahshie, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, sound designer Alex Neumann, and projection designer David Bengali. The score will feature orchestrations and arrangements by Madeline Benson, Chris Peters, and Scott Wasserman; Benson is also music director, and Wasserman is the electronic music designer. Laura Hirschberg will serve as production stage manager, with Nicole Johnson of Harriet Tubman Effect as diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant.
MCC's season launches September 11 with Mary Gets Hers, running through October 7. Following Walk On Through, the company will give a world-premiere staging to Jason Robert Brown and Jonathan Marc Sherman's new musical The Connector, with performances beginning in January 2024.