Kansas City Repertory Theatre launches its 2018/2019 season with the world premiere musical, LAST DAYS OF SUMMER based on the book by author Steve Kluger, with direction and choreography by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, and produced by special arrangement with Daryl Roth.
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER will feature book and lyrics by author Kluger and music by Grammy winner Jason Howland.
The production will star Corey Cott (Broadway’s BANDSTAND) as third baseman Charlie Banks, Emily Padgett (Broadway’s SIDE SHOW) as Hazel MacKay, Robbie Alan Berson as Joey Margolis, Jim Kaplan as Craig Nakamura, and Chris Dwan as Stuke. Rounding out the cast of fifteen are Lauren Braton, Joseph Carr, Gary Neal Johnson, Katie Karel, Mike Ott, Josephine Pellow, Ben Priestland, Tim Scott, Emily Shackelford, and John-Michael Zuerlein.
The creative team includes set design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Ken Travis, and wig design by Alison Hanks. Rick Hip-Flores will serve as Music Director and Paul McGill as Associate Director/Choreographer. Mary Honour is the Stage Manager.
Set in early 1940s Brooklyn, soon-to-be Bar Mitzvah boy, Joey Margolis and best friend, Craig Nakamura, write letters to their hero, New York Giants Charlie Banks, with the hope that Charlie will help them impress and suppress the neighborhood bullies. An unlikely friendship is formed between the two boys and Charlie, and as they are there for each other through everything life throws at them and while the turbulent events at the dawn of World War II unfold, bonds are formed that will last forever
“LAST DAYS OF SUMMER touches on issues I care very deeply about, and I believe will have universal appeal,” says Roth. “At its heart, the musical is a story about having the courage to stand up for yourself and those you love, and learning that the best friendships sometimes come from the people you least expect. We enjoyed collaborating with KCRep last year when we premiered BETWEEN THE LINES, and are so happy to be back.”
“Kansas City audiences have the unique and truly special opportunity to engage in the process of creating musical theater with access to a production like LAST DAYS OF SUMMER. Before THE BOOK OF MORMON, MEAN GIRLS, and HAMILTON became the mega-watt hits they are, they first had their world premieres at regional theatres around the country. We are thrilled to launch this touching, funny, and uplifting music right here at Kansas City Rep,” says KCRep Interim Artistic Director, Jason Chanos.
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER runs Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 30 at the Spencer Theatre on the campus of the University of Missouri/Kansas City. For more information, including ticket purchases, visit kcrep.org.