Conceived by and Original Book by Jeffy Whitty
Adapted by James Magruder
Music and Lyrics by The Go-Go's
Based on the 16th-century novel The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney
March 3-26, 2022

HEAD OVER HEELS


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PRAISE FOR NEW LINE'S 2020 PRODUCTION

"Could this be the greatest show New Line Theatre has ever put on stage? It is, in its brash, tight dance numbers, along with a dozen shimmering vocal solos."
– Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

"Not to be missed, Head Over Heels is one of the best shows you’re likely to see all year (and it’s only March!)." – Steve Allen, StageDoor STL

“It’s hard to imagine a more joyful swirl of activity than theatergoers are treated to in Head Over Heels. . . . It’s a party you won’t want to leave.” – Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“New Line Theatre's hilarious Head Over Heels should not be missed!!” – Jeff Ritter, Critical Blast

"A triumphant romp of musical theatre." – Rob Levy, BroadwayWorld

"A winning show about love, forgiveness and finding one's true self in a non-binary world." – Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times

“Who better to pick up a wildly fun show like this than New Line?" – Kevin Brackett, ReviewSTL

"Head Over Heels shows off New Line at the top of its form." – Judy Newmark, All the World's a Stage

The musical you didn't know you needed.


HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold, sexy new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. Conceived by Jeff Whitty, with an original book by Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, originally directed by Michael Mayer, based on a novel from 1580 (not kidding!) and set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-girl rock band The Go-Go's, this subversive, high-octane, laugh-out-loud love story includes hit songs like, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”

The wild story follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction -- only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts. . . though not always in the way they expect. . . and in their willingness to let go of rigid tradition and change with the times.

Head Over Heels originally premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, then opened on Broadway in 2018. The show was nominated for Best Musical by the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. The novel it's based on, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney, also proved fertile source material for certain plot elements of Shakespeare's King Lear, Hamlet, and A Winter's Tale.

The Daily Beast said, "Head Over Heels is a raucously choreographed joy — intelligent, winningly comic, and surprisingly-for-Broadway radical when it comes to its presentation of gender and sexuality, with its central love story a lesbian one." Entertainment Weekly said, "The show is an ode to female independence with the winking spirit of a Shakespearean fairy and the neon edge of a rebellious ‘80s teenager, teaming up to beckon people into the woods. Forty years after The Go-Go’s’ formation, Head Over Heels does more than preserve the band’s iconic hits in amber. For two hours and 15 minutes, it’s enough to pull the world back into sync."

TimeOut NY said, "To enjoy Head Over Heels, which offers quite a lot to enjoy, it is probably best to kick up your heels and put your head on hold. That’s not to say that this saucy, boisterous musical doesn’t have a brainy side, starting with its ambitious crossbreeding of four time periods: It grafts a 2010s queer sensibility onto songs from the 1980s—by the all-girl pop-punk quintet the Go-Go’s (plus two hits from lead singer Belinda Carlisle’s solo career)—and fits them into a 16th-century story that is set in ancient Greece. . . Head Over Heels is a fantasy and celebration of nonconformity, and it puts its casting where its mouth is with an ensemble that is diverse in race, gender and size. Honoring the beat, in this merry Arcadia, means making room for different drummers."

Almost the entire cast from 2020 will return. The New Line cast includes Grace Langford (Princess Pamela), Melissa Felps (Princess Philoclea), Clayton Humburg (Musidorus), Dawn Schmid (Mopsa), Zachary Allen Farmer (King Basilius), Carrie Priesmeyer (Queen Gynecia), Colin Dowd (Dametas), Tielere Cheatem (Pythio), Kevin Corpuz, Evan Fornachon, Chris Kernan, Chris Moore, Maggie Nold, Michelle Sauer, Alyssa Wolf, and Sara Rae Womack.

The New Line production is directed by Scott Miller, with music directed by Alerica Anderson, choreography by Michelle Sauer and Sara Rae Womack, scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Courtney Gibson and Sarah Porter, lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl, and sound design by Ryan Day.

Produced by arrangement with Broadway Licensing, New York.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The original Broadway cast recording

The 1580 novel the show is based on, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney

A great summary and analysis of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia

The Broadway production's official Head Over Heels website

The book The Go-Go's: A YinPop Guide

Belinda Carlisle's memoir, Lips Unsealed

TICKET INFO

All patrons will be required to wear masks in the lobby and theatre. The stage area will be safely distanced from the audience. In addition, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation now requires all patrons 12 years or older to show proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test upon entry for all ticketed events at all KAF indoor performance venues, including the Marcelle Theater.

HEAD OVER HEELS runs March 3-26, 2022, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. March 3 is a preview.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the MetroTix website.

DISCOUNTS: HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance, with the code word, posted only on New Line's Facebook page. COLLEGE FREE SEATS: Ten free seats for every performance, open to any college student with a valid student ID. EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status.

All offers not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.