The new musical Some water for the elephants, based on the novel of the same name by Sara Gruen, will have its world premiere at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta next summer. The production will be performed on the theater’s Coca-Cola stage on a date to be announced. The previously reported musical is directed by Kimberly Akimbo director Jessica Stone and features a book by Rick Elice and a score by PigPen Theater Co.
The musical will premiere in New York on June 27 and 28. The cast includes Cameron Adams, Sebastian Arcelus, Alex Branton, Stan Brown, Paul Castree, Jennifer Frankel, Marco Ingaramo, Bill Irwin, Jonathan Kim, Oliver Layher, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Mendez, Erika Olson, Natasha Patterson, Dina Sok, Teo Spencer , DeAnne Stewart, Yasmeen Sulieman, Ben Thompson, William Fintan Underwood, Ryan Vasquez, Kyran Walton and Michael Wordly.
Some water for the elephants is an adventure full of romance, disappointment and a bit of magic, all under the big top of a traveling circus. Racing towards a new life, Jacob Jankowski hitchhikes on a mysterious train. He finds himself at the heart of a traveling circus, the Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show On Earth, with a new job, a new home and a new family. When charismatic ringmaster August makes Rosie the elephant the new star attraction, Jacob and August’s wife, Marlena, join forces to train her. As Jacob and Marlena’s shared compassion turns to love, August’s cruel nature resurfaces, threatening to derail Jacob’s life once again.
The musical will serve as the final production for the Alliance Theater’s 54th season, which also features Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Everybody, A Christmas Carol, Katori Hall’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The king of hot wings, The Many Wonderful Realities of Jasmine StarrKidd and planet alone.