April 24, 2019 – June 2, 2019
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Be the first to see the world premiere of August Rush: The Musical, a never-before-seen musical based on the original Warner Bros. motion picture with story by Paul Castro and Nick Castle and screenplay by Nick Castle and James V. Hart

Bookwriter and Co-Lyricist: Glen Berger
Composer and Co-Lyricist: Mark Mancina
Orchestrations and Additional Music by Dave Metzger
Based on the Warner Bros. motion picture, story by Paul Castro and Nick Castle, screenplay by Nick Castle and James V. Hart

When the Broadway Series began in 2011, we had big dreams for what it could become. Over the years, those dreams have been brought to life again and again. And now, one of our biggest dreams is finally becoming a reality. For the first time in its history, the Paramount Theatre will produce a brand new musical, and this one is all about the music.

Evan Taylor, an 11 year old orphan, believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan’s mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don’t even know he exists in this world. Even after so many years gone, Evan has not given up hope as he relentlessly searches for the parents he knows need him. Quickly discovering he too is a musical prodigy, Evan surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds and follows the music. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?

From the theatre that won the Jeff Award for “Best Large Musical” three years in a row, the moving story of August Rush: The Musical is brought to the stage in Paramount Theatre’s first new musical. We invite you to be a part of history and join us for this world premiere. All you have to do is follow the music home…to the Paramount Theatre.


Be the first to see the world premiere of August Rush: The Musical. Internationally acclaimed director John Doyle, who earned a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd and also staged the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, will direct this new live stage adaption of the critically acclaimed Warner Brothers film. Working closely with Paramount on this never-before-seen musical is Mark Mancina, the celebrated composer of the film’s platinum selling soundtrack, who continues as composer and co-lyricist for the new stage version of August Rush. Mancina arranged and produced many songs for The Lion King and contributed music to Disney’s hit film Moana. The creative team includes Emmy Award-winning bookwriter and co-lyricist Glen Berger, who co-wrote the book for Broadway’s SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark. Orchestrations and additional music are by Dave Metzger, who orchestrated the films August Rush, Training Day and Tarzan and received a Tony nomination for his work on Disney’s The Lion King.

Did you know?

  • Director John Doyle, originally from the UK, is a Tony Award winner and also directed the revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson.
  • The film’s original producer, Richard Barton Lewis, and original composer, Mark Mancina, are working closely with Paramount Theatre to develop this new musical.
  • The film August Rush was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
  • Just like Million Dollar Quartet and Once, the actors in this production will replace the orchestra and play all instruments live on stage, creating the beautiful symphony of this story.

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Meet the Team

Artistic Team

Glen Berger

Book and Lyrics

Mark Mancina

Music and Lyrics

John Doyle


JoAnn M. Hunter


Dave Metzger

Orchestrations, Arrangements and Additional Music

Greg Jarrett

Music Director and Conductor

Scott Pask

Scenic Designer

Ann Hould-Ward

Costume Designer

Paul Toben

Lighting Designer

Dan Moses Schreier

Sound Designer

Joe Burke

Projection Designer

Katie Cordts

Hair & Makeup Designer

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Designer

Jesse has been designing and managing the props dept since 2018. Her favorite Paramount productions include Beauty and the BeastNewsiesKinky Boots and Sweat. Previously, she worked as the Assistant Props Supervisor at the Goodman Theatre for two seasons. Jesse also worked freelance in Chicago as a props master with Victory Gardens, Silk Road, Theater Wit, Lookingglass, Northlight, and Lifeline theater companies, among others. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Get a behind the scenes look at the magic in the Paramount Prop Shop on Instagram @paramountpropshop.

Adam John Hunter *

Production Stage Manager and Associate Director

Christine D’Amore *

Stage Manager

Matthew McMullen *

Assistant Stage Manager

Trent Stork

Casting (Paramount Theatre)


Casting (New York City)


George Abud *

Lewis Chapman

making Paramount Theatre debut

Marta Bagratuni *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Alex Bender *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Matt Deitchman *


previously in The Wizard of Oz (Orchestra), Sweeney Todd and The Who’s Tommy

Ginna Doyle *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Brad Giovanine *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Lizzie Hagstedt *


making Paramount Theatre debut

John Hickok *

Wizard/Thomas Novacek

making Paramount Theatre debut

Jessie Linden


making Paramount Theatre debut

Jack McCarthy *

August Rush/Evan Taylor

making Paramount Theatre debut

Leenya Rideout *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Troy Valjean Rucker *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Sydney Shepherd *

Lyla Novacek

making Paramount Theatre debut

Doug Smith


making Paramount Theatre debut

Huxley Westemeier *

August Rush/Evan Taylor

making Paramount Theatre debut

Katrina Yaukey *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Jenn Chandler *

u/s Lyla, u/s Ensemble

previously in Once

Adam Michaels *

u/s Lewis, u/s Wizard/Father, u/s Ensemble

previously in Rent

Cassidy Stirtz *

u/s Hope, u/s Ensemble

previously in Once

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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