Philadelphia Theatre Company is presenting the freshly reconceived new musical comedy Found, with a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and music and original lyrics by Eli Bolin, November 9 through December 11, 2016 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street (Broad & Lombard Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19146.
Directed by Lee Overtree with choreography by Connor Gallagher, the ensemble cast of Found will feature Christina Anthony (Second City), Andrew Call (Fox’s “Grease Live!”, Rock of Ages, American Idiot), Alysha Deslorieux (Hamilton), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Erika Henningsen (LES MISERABLES), Juwan Crawley (Off-Broadway’s Spamilton), Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher, PTC’s Adrift in Macao), New York nightlife sensation Molly Pope, Sandy Rustin (Off-Broadway’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Graham Stevens (Off-Broadway’s The Robber Bridegroom).
They say that no one writes letters anymore, but Davy (Haynie) knows that’s not true. Ever since the day he found an absurdly funny note meant for someone else on the windshield of his car, he’s been obsessed with collecting and sharing the surprising, hilarious and irreverent notes and letters that surround us every day, everywhere we go. This original musical comedy is a raucous exploration of human connection, friendship, and the beautiful weirdness in all of us. Based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart with additional material created in collaboration with Story Pirates, Found had its critically acclaimed world premiere production Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in 2014.
“We are thrilled to begin this next chapter of Found in Philadelphia,” said co-creator Hunter Bell. “The show had an amazing run at Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, and what’s so exciting is that we get to build on what we learned there, and make the show even better. There are new musical numbers and hilarious and heartfelt new found notes too. We can’t wait to continue this original new musical’s incredible journey with the audiences at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.”
Tony Award® nominee and OBIE Award-winning writer and performer Hunter Bell created the new musicals [title of show] on Broadway and Now. Here. This. Off Broadway.
Lee Overtree has served as Artistic Director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the organization in 2003 that performs songs and sketches adapted from the creative writing of children across the country. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Eli Bolin received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for the off-Broadway production of Skippyjon Jones. His production of Volleygirls was named ‘Best of Fest’ for the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is the music director of Story Pirates.
Previews of Found will begin Wednesday, November 9, with opening night on Wednesday, November 16. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays, December 11, 2016. A limited number of tickets will be available starting at $15 and can be purchased by calling the PTC Box Office at 215-985-0420 or visiting www.PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.
Found fans may listen and subscribe to Davy Rothbart’s critically acclaimed bi-weekly podcast edition of Found at www.wondery.com/found.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.