Based on Terry Ronald’s best-selling novel, new musical Becoming Nancy sees Stiles and Drewe reunited with collaborator and bookwriter Elliot Davis (Soho Cinders). Directed and choreographed by Jerry Michell, Becoming Nancy receives its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta in the autumn of 2019.
The production will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Phillip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, orchestrations by John Clancy and music direction by Ryan Fielding Garrett.
It’s 1979 in the south London suburb of East Dulwich and David Starr is unquestionably one of the smartest, most talented kids in his school – he’s got a wild imagination, a vocal range to die for, and a bedroom plastered with posters of his beloved idols: Blondie, Sting and Kate Bush. But intelligence, talent and great taste in music may not be enough to get him through secondary school, where, to his great surprise, he’s just been given the female lead in the school play. The unconventional casting sends shockwaves through David’s community, first with David, and then with his parents, his aunt, and his classmates. Before long, it seems like everybody has an opinion on whether David should go on with the show, inspiring him to turn to his no-nonsense best friend Frances and his unlikely co-star Maxie, the enigmatic captain of the football team. Becoming Nancy is the huge hearted new musical that weaves a story of family bonds, first loves, and the courage it takes to find your own spotlight.