Ogunquit Playhouse to Stage From Here to Eternity musical
Ogunquit Playhouse- The Ogunquit Playhouse is honoured to be part of the North American rollout of the new musical From Here to Eternity, on stage October 4 through 29. The musical is based on the acclaimed novel (which also became a multi-Academy Award-winning film), by James Jones with lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes and music by Stuart Brayson. As part of its development path to Broadway, Sir Tim Rice is collaborating with the Ogunquit creative team to mount this compelling new musical set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. “The epic story by WWII veteran James Jones, From Here to Eternity, is one of the most searing, honest and romantic views of the men and women who served our country during World War II. The way in which this story had to be told more than 60 years ago due to censorship, softened some of the reality of military life at that time. Today, we are able to tell the story as it was originally intended, revealing the grit and intrigue of military life that Mr. Jones experienced. It has been a great honor to collaborate with Sir Tim Rice, Donald Rice, Brett Smock and our entire creative team on this new musical adaptation to tell this iconic American story in a new way,” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney.
This epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers, the soulful Private Prewitt played by Derek Carley and ardent Sergeant Warden, played by Kevin Aichele, as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. The sultry wife of G Company’s commanding officer, Karen Holmes, is played by Robyn Hurder, and Lorene, the beautiful escort who is looking to make a better life for herself, is played by Jenna Nicole Schoen. As the infamous date of December 7th approaches, the claustrophobic world of the four lovers and the desperation of the soldiers of G Company splinter amidst an escalating war. The compelling story of men at war along with a fantastic new score is not to be missed.
Music Director for From Here to Eternity is Vadim Feichtner. Mr. Feichtner has worked on many Off-Broadway productions including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos, Fly By Night, A New Brain, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, Infinite Joy, Ordinary Day, and I Sing!. On television he has worked on Last Week Tonight and Live from Lincoln Center.
Fight Director for From Here to Eternity is Christopher Elst. He has performed, directed, and designed for many theaters across the country and is a Certified Teacher and Secretary of the Governing Body with the Society of American Fight Directors, and an Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International.
Returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Costume Designer for From Here to Eternity is Dustin Cross. Most recently Mr. Cross designed the costumes for World Premiere of Heartbreak Hotel at the Ogunquit Playhouse. His work on Broadway includes The 24Hour Plays and Off-Broadway in numerous productions including, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Spamilton, for which he won an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and was nominated for Best Costume Design by Outer Critics Circle. Mr. Cross’s costume designs can also be seen in the upcoming film, Little Button Girl, starring Dick Van Dyke.
Stanley A. Meyer is the Set Designer for From Here to Eternity, returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse after last designing for 2016’s Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. He has designed sets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and worldwide, and for many regional productions including Saturday Night Fever at FLMTF, Aida at Alliance Theatre, and WarholCapote at American Repertory Theater. Mr. Meyer has won multiple Dramalogue Awards for his design work and has been nominated for both the New York Outer Critics Circle Award and the American Theatre Wing Design Award.
Resident Lighting Designer, Richard Latta, is designing the lighting for the Ogunquit Playhouse production of From Here to Eternity. Mr. Latta has created the lighting design for dozens of Ogunquit productions, including most recently Mamma Mia!, Bullets Over Broadway, Ragtime, Heartbreak Hotel, Anything Goes, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for which he received a nomination for Best Lighting Design by the IRNE Awards. Christopher Ash joins the creative team as Projection Designer for From Here to Eternity. His work on Broadway includes Sunday at the Park with George and regionally at Guthrie, Yale Reparatory, Bucks County Playhouse, Classic Stage Co, Old Globe, San Diego Reparatory, Laguna Playhouse, Lyric Opera Chicago, Charlotte Ballet, and River North, among many others. Sound designer for From Here to Eternity is Kevin Heard, returning to the Ogunquit Playhouse for his eleventh production, after designing for Mamma Mia! and Ragtime this season. Mr. Heard was the sound designer for the Finger Lakes production of From Here to Eternity last summer, and has been Associate Sound Designer for All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, and Sylvia, on Broadway, as well as for Fun Home and Kinky Boots internationally.
Don’t miss the final show of the 85th Anniversary season, From Here to Eternity, at the Ogunquit Playhouse! Individual tickets are on sale and prices start at $52 each. To learn more about becoming a Playhouse member, or to purchase tickets and gift cards, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office at 207-646-5511.