Thumbing their mouses at the already crowded field of last minute Broadway season Tony contenders, the producers of Nerds, a new musical about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have announced plans to open during the final week of eligibility for this year’s nominations.
Producers Carl Levin (Rock Of Ages), Vicki Halmos, Elizabeth Williams (Waiting For Godot, Crazy For You) and Greenleaf Productions (Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda) announced today that Nerds will open April 21 at the Shubert organization’s Longacre Theatre, currently home to the George Takei musical Allegiance, which has announced a February 14 closing after an abbreviated run. Previews of Nerds are set to begin March 31.
Originally presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, where it received Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding New Play, Nerds features book and lyrics by multiple Emmy Award nominees Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken, Shakespearean lark Bomb-itty of Errors), music by Hal Goldberg (The Children), direction by Casey Hushion (Aladdin – Associate Resident Director) and choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Josh Bergasse (On The Town). The Broadway cast will be announced shortly.
The producers describe the show this way: “Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were Nerds. Join America’s favorite garage inventors on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon, and the epic competition in between that would revolutionize modern culture as we know it. Fittingly, the production will feature the most progressive technology seen on Broadway, including on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show’s ending, and more special features soon to be announced.
The show will have sets by Lee Savage (Ordinary Boys), projections by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), costumes by Jennifer Caprio (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), lighting by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages, Hand to God) and sound by Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Bright Star). Orchestrations are by Adam Blau, Matt Doebler is music director and Nadia DiGiallonardo is the music supervisor and arranger. Casting is by Bethany Knox / Telsey + Co.