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 5-28, 2020

HEAD OVER HEELS

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“Funny and sexy, with a glorious beat!”
– The Village Voice

“A saucy and boisterous celebration!”
– Time Out New York

“A clever, delightful, bubbly, exuberant party!”
– New York Magazine

“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.”
– The Daily Beast

“The show is a technicolor category unto itself: an Elizabethan-era romp set to the songs of The Go-Go’s. Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century prose poem The Arcadia, loosely adapted here as a jukebox musical, makes an unexpected match with the giddy hits of the history-making ‘80s girl group, but in this story, the most unexpected match is usually right.”
‘– Entertainment Weekly

The wild new modern musical fairy tale, set in 1580. And the 1980s. And NOW!


HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with 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 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."

The New Line cast includes Grace Langford (Princess Pamela), Melissa Felps (Princess Philoclea), Gabe Beckerle (Musidorus), Jaclyn Amber (Mopsa), Zachary Allen Farmer (King Basilius), Carrie Priesmeyer (Queen Gynecia), Aaron Allen (Dametas), Tielere Cheatem (Pythio), Kevin Corpuz, Evan Fornachon, Chris Moore, Maggie Nold, Michelle Sauer, Abraham Shaw, Alyssa Wolf, and Sara Rae Womack. The New Line production will be directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor, with music direction by Nicolas Valdez, choreography by Michelle Sauer and Sara Rae Womack, scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl, and sound design by Ryan Day.

Produced by arrangement with Broadway Licensing, New York.


The New Line Film Series presents Julien Temple's rock and roll fable ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS on Weds., March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marcelle Theater, during the run of New Line's Head Over Heels. Click Here for more info.

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

HEAD OVER HEELS runs March 4-28, 2020, Thursday through Saturday evenings, all performances 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 4 is a preview. Click here for directions.

Season tickets go on sale in May 2019, and single tickets go on sale in August, through MetroTix outlets, including the Fox Theatre box office. Single 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. All ticket sales will include a service fee and a $1.00 facility fee. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website.

HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance all season long, with the code word for each show, which will posted only on New Line's Facebook page. This offer is available only at the door.

EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

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. 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. Cry-Baby is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.

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