His Story: The Musical, featuring a book and a score by Anna Miriam Brown, is headed towards its world premiere in Dallas, Texas, with performances set to begin May 5 at the new Broadway Tent at Grandscape. Opening night is May 18.
Step inside the rehearsal room for a first look at the new musical directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde) in the video above.
In the contemporary pop musical based on the life of Jesus, a common man arrives in the big city and defies expectations. He performs miracles and speaks great wisdom, but hangs out in the wrong part of town. Mocked by the establishment, he is adored by the people.
The cast is led by Max Kuenzer as Jesus with Lily Gast as Mary Magdeline, Richard Chaz Gomez as Judas, Jataria Heyward as Mother Mary, Logan Dolence as Joseph, Casey Lamont as Lucifer, Carlos Gutierrez as Gabriel, Bryan Munar as Peter, Camden Deal as Leper, Justin Taylor as Matthew, Caleb Bermejo as Pontius Pilate, Mat Blasio as Nicodemus, and Courtney Blanc as Caiaphus, plus Ja'Naye Flanagan, Lia Karagianopoulos, Abby Murphy, Audrey Lee, Gigi Hausman, Nicholas Haas, and Mark Quach.
“I have worked on 17 Broadway musicals, but nothing prepared me for the shock and awe of meeting this truly amazing artist, Anna Brown,” director Calhoun said in an earlier statement. “Anna’s Gen Z perspective has made this familiar story youthful and contemporary …not exactly adjectives I had previously associated with the Bible. I am excited to use the theatre to bring all types of people together to share a message that is so needed in today’s climate. My prayer is that once you experience His Story The Musical, you will leave the theatre with a renewed optimism about the potential of humanity.”
The musical features choreography by Eamon Foley (Annie at The Hollywood Bowl), music supervision by Rick Hip-Flores (Natasha, Pierre..., In Transit), arrangements by Hip-Flores and Paweł ‘Bzim’ Zarecki, scenic design by Tobin Ost, costume design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, lighting design by Sooner Routhier, sound design by Daniel Lundberg, projection design by Caite Hevner, hair and make-up design by Tommy Kurzman, music direction by Jesse Fry, and casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.
The Broadway Tent at Grandscape is a state-of-the-art 1,300-seat theatre tent designed by Matthew Churchill Productions, Ltd.
His Story: The Musical is presented by Tony-nominated producer Bruce Lazarus, Willie and Korie Robertson, Brad Reeves/Bill Noble, Thinking Tree LLC, Jill Wilkinson, Cooper Collins, Christian and Sadie Robertson Huff, Mike Collins, and Troy Duhon/Bob Katz in association with Matthew Churchill Productions Ltd.