New Line Theatre closes its 21st season with HIGH FIDELITY, playing now through June 23, 2012. With a script by award-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People), music by Tom Kitt (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal), and lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On, Hands on a Hardbody), HIGH FIDELITY explores America's new Lost Generation and the music they live their lives to. Check out photos of the cast performing on stage in St. Louis below!
This is a genuine rock and roll score, inspired by and peppered with musical references to some of the great rock and pop artists of our time, the muscular American rock sound of Bruce Springsteen, the raw rage of Guns N' Roses, the Eastern experiments of George Harrison and The Beatles, the intellectual playfulness of Talking Heads, the fierce defiance of Aretha Franklin, the smoky groove of Percy Sledge, the naked emotion of Ben Folds, the driving cynicism of Billy Joel.
HIGH FIDELITY is about experiencing music autobiographically, about the incredible connection we feel to the pop music of our times. The show tells the funny/sad tale of Rob Gordon, a thirty-something indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about holding on to girlfriends. The story starts with the breakup of the most recent in a long string of failed relationships, and Rob has to learn (with a little help from Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen) to take life and love as seriously as he takes his music. This is a story not just told with music, but entirely about music, written by people who genuinely love rock and roll, and based on the novel that defined once and for all the relationship between rock and the lives of its fans.
Several of the original 2008 New Line cast members recreate their performances, surrounded by an incredible cast of New Line All-Stars. The 2012 Hi-Fi cast includes Jeffrey M. Wright (Rob), Kimi Short (Laura), Zachary Allen Farmer (Barry), Mike Dowdy (Dick), Aaron Allen (Ian), Talichia Noah (Liz), Terrie Carolan (Anna), Margeau Baue Steinau (Marie LaSalle), Ryan Foizey, Nicholas Kelly, Todd Micali, TaylorPietz, Sarah Porter, Keith Thompson, and Chrissy Young. Scott Miller directs, Robin Michelle Berger choreographs, and Justin Smolik leads the New Line Band. Amy Kelly repeats her costuming duties, with Ken Zinkl designing lights, Scott Schoonover designing the set, and Donald Smith designing sound.
Since New Line first produced High Fidelity in 2008, more than a dozen other companies around the country have come to New Line to get in contact with the show's creators to secure production rights. New Line brought this brilliant, exciting show back to life after its rejection by the New York critics.
For more information about the show, follow this link. And for all the behind-the-scenes scoop, follow the New Line Blogs, as we track the process, here. And finally, for more photos of the cast, click here!
Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg
Jeffrey M. Wright as Rob Gordon
Keith Thompson, Ryan Foizey, and Todd Micali
Taylor Pietz, Chrissy Young, and Talichia Noah
Jeffrey M. Wright as Rob Gordon, surrounded by Rob's Ex-Girlfriends
Taylor Pietz, Terrie Carolan, Sarah Porter, Chrissy Young, Talichia Noah
Todd Micali as TMPMITW and Jeffrey M. Wright as Rob Gordon
Mike Dowdy as Dick and Jeffrey M. Wright as Rob Gordon
Talichia Noah as Liz
Kimi Short as Laura and Aaron Allen as Ian
Laura (Kimi Short, center) and the Ex-Girlfriends surround Ian (Aaron Allen)
Kimi Short as Laura
Kimi Short as Laura (in front) singing "Number 5 With a Bullet," with Rob's Ex-Girlfriends (Terrie Carolan, Chrissy Young, Talichia Noah [hidden], Sarah Porter, Taylor Pietz)
Margeau Baue Steinau as Marie LaSalle
Terrie Carolan as Anna and Mike Dowdy as Dick
Mike Dowdy as Dick
Ryan Foizey as Neil Young
Aaron Allen as Ian, Zachary Allen Farmer as Barry, Jeffrey M. Wright as Rob, and Mike Dowdy as Dick
Todd Micali as Bruce Springsteen
Todd Micali as Bruce Springsteen
Zachary Allen Farmer as Barry, singing the finale, "Turn the World Off," backed up by Nicholas Kelly as Klepto-Boy and Todd Micali as TMPMITW