Erika Henningsen will lead the world premiere of new musical JOY which opens in December at the George Street Playhouse

Erika Henningsen will lead the world premiere of new musical Joy the Musical at the George Street Playhouse, directed by Casey Hushion (Broadway: Aladdin, The Prom), with choreography by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Joshua Bergasse. Tony Awards. The new musical features a score by Tony Award nominee AnnMarie Milazzo, musical supervision by Andy Einhorn and a book by Tony Award winner Ken Davenport, who has secured the rights to the bestselling author’s life, inventor and self-taught millionaire Joy Mangano. .

“We are thrilled to welcome back writer/producer Ken Davenport, along with the dynamic musical team of AnnMarie Milazzo and Andy Einhorn (A Walk on the Moon), with the world premiere of Joy. This dazzling new show features possibly the most exciting new musical score I’ve heard in years! We are so proud to present this wonderful musical with the fabulous Erika Henningsen!” says Artistic Director, David Saint.

Joy is the story of a family spanning three generations, centering on the daughter who becomes the woman who founded a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Faced with betrayal, betrayal, loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and business. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she is in. confronted.

According to Erika Henningsen, “It’s always inspiring to see women who defy expectations portrayed on stage, it’s even more exciting when that woman’s story is TRUE. I’m beyond grateful to join the Joy family and j can’t wait to share this story through the incredible storyline and score our art team has crafted. Joy herself is a testament to the idea that any dream, big or small, is worthy and can come true when we trust our voices and to our hearts. I look forward to trusting both of them as we bring this brand new original musical to life.”

Says Joy Mangano, “Some of my happiest childhood memories are of seeing musicals – I have to pinch myself that this incredible show is based on my life! Joy, the musical, is exactly the inspiring and uplifting show that makes musicals magical – everyone will come out filled with “JOY!”

George Street Playhouse’s world premiere production is presented in association with Sandi Moran and Ken Davenport. Full cast to come – Press opening on December 16. For more information on Joy, visit: www.JoyTheMusical.com.

Erika Henningsen (Joy) was last seen playing Cady Heron in the Tony-nominated musical Mean Girls. She made her Broadway debut as Fantine in the recent revival of Les Miserables opposite Ramin Karimloo. Other credits include Beth in the Kathleen Marshall-directed Musical Dinner with music by Sheryl Crow at the Signature Theater and Kim Ravenal in the PBS TV Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. She can be seen recurring on the critically acclaimed Peacock series Girls5Eva as well as Amazon’s hit comedy Harlem. Erika recently launched her sold-out solo show Raise Your Standards at Feinstein’s Nikko in San Francisco. Upcoming projects include voice work in the popular animated series Hazbin Hotel in production with A24. Broadway.com 2018 Star of the Year and Outer Critics Circle Award Nominated. @erikahenningsen Casey Hushion (director) had the pleasure of working on Broadway for many years, on projects such as Mean Girls, Aladdin, The Prom, In the Heights and The Drowsy Chaperone as Associate and Resident Director. Working with top Broadway writers, producers, directors and creative teams, Casey simultaneously established her own directing career. Recently, Casey directed the new hit play CLUE, which premiered at the Cleveland Playhouse. The production had hits at La Mirada, Paper Mill Playhouse, and was the most licensed US play in 2020 and 2021. Casey also directed the world premiere of Mystic Pizza at Ogunquit Playhouse. Other New York credits include Call Me Madame at City Center Encores!, Fat Camp at the American Theater of Actors, and the Broadway production of Nerds (Almost). For television, she has choreographed episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and hosted press events for The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The View, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the NBC special One Night Only: The Best of Broadway, among others.

Joshusa Bergasse (choreography) For film/television, Joshua won the Emmy Award for his choreography on NBC’s musical drama Smash. He has also choreographed several segments on PBS’s So You Think You Can Dance and Sinatra: A Voice for a Century. On Broadway, Josh choreographed the revival of On The Town, which received rave reviews. He received an Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards. Also on Broadway, Josh choreographed the revival of Gigi and, most recently, the Broadway debut of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway credits include Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster; Cagney (Drama Desk, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for choreography); Bomb-Itty of Mistakes and Captain Louie. Josh’s other credits as a choreographer include West Side Story at the Stratford Festival; Little me, and it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Superman! at City Center Encores! ; Penzance Pirates at Barrington Stage Co; Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. As a director/choreographer, Josh co-directed and choreographed the Bombshell on Broadway concert at the Minskoff Theatre. He directed and choreographed Hazel, a new musical at the Drury Lane Theater and West Side Story at the North Carolina Theater.

AnnMarie Milazzo (Music and Lyrics) served as voice designer for Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, If/Then and Finding Neverland on Broadway. His Off-Broadway credits include Carrie, Bright Lights Big City and Superhero. His regional credits include Dangerous Beauty, Prometheus Bound, Some Lovers, Dave and A Walk on the Moon. Milazzo was the Broadway orchestrator, with Michael Starobin, for Once on This Island, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She is the composer and lyricist of Pretty Dead Girl, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the lyricist of Le Rêve and Le Perle. Milazzo is the Grammy nominated singer for East Village Opera Company on Decca/Universal Records.

Andy Einhorn (Music Supervision) served as music supervisor and musical director for recent Broadway revivals of Hello, Dolly! and Carousel. His previous Broadway directing and musical roles include Holiday Inn, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brief Encounter and Sondheim on Sondheim, while his other Broadway work includes Evita and The Light in the Piazza. Since 2011, Einhorn has served as musical director and pianist for six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald; he also conducted concerts for the late Barbara Cook. He was musical director and conductor for Stephen Sondheim’s production of The Passion at the Châtelet Theater in Paris and twice conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting for McDonald’s and Chris Botti. His touring work includes Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King.

Ken Davenport (Book) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony Nomination) , Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), and more, including several Off-Broadway productions such as Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and more. Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind “masterclass” community that provides training and inspiration from the best of Broadway for writers, directors, producers and more. Ken created the best-selling board game, Be A Broadway Star, one of the top-ranked Broadway giveaways on Amazon.com. Ken was also the North American Executive Producer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and is the theatrical consultant for Primary Wave, a music management and publishing company. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has earned him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times. Upcoming projects include A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte. For more information, visit www.KenDavenport.com.

Tickets are now on sale. For subscriptions and group sales information, visit www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org or call 732-246-7717.

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