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BETWEEN THE LINES Tickets Now On Sale, Special Talkback Series Announced
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:30 am EDT 10/15/19

TICKETS NOW ON SALE & SPECIAL TALKBACK SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR

BETWEEN THE LINES

A NEW MUSICAL BASED ON THE BOOK BY JODI PICOULT & SAMANTHA VAN LEER

PERFORMANCES BEGIN TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020
OFFICIALLY OPENS ON MAY 7, 2020

AT OFF-BROADWAY’S TONY KISER THEATER AT SECOND STAGE

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Music & Lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson

Choreographed by Lortel & Drama Desk Award Nominee Lorin Latarro

Directed by Two-Time Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun

Tickets are now on sale for the new Off-Broadway musical Between the Lines at the Tony Kiser Theater at Second Stage (305 West 43rd Street). Tickets range from $55 – $125 and are available at www.BetweenTheLinesMusical.com. Produced by Daryl Roth, Between the Lines will begin performances on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and officially open on May 7, 2020.

The new musical will also be hosting a special talkback series for ticketholders following select performances. The series will feature New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, with special appearances by her daughter Samantha Van Leer, who co-wrote the novel. The schedule will be as follows:

Friday, April 24 at 8pm with Jodi & Samantha

Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm with Jodi

Friday, June 5 at 8pm with Jodi

Saturday, June 6 at 8pm with Jodi & Samantha

Wednesday, July 8 at 8pm with Jodi & Samantha

Friday, July 24 at 8pm with Jodi & Samantha

Saturday, July 25 at 8pm with Jodi

Wednesday, August 12 at 8pm with Jodi

Saturday, August 22 at 8pm with Jodi

Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) and choreographed by Lortel & Drama Desk Award nominee Lorin Latarro (Waitress), Between the Lines features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) and music & lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson (Disney Animation’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) with orchestrations & arrangements by Tony Award nominee Gregory Rassen (Bandstand).

Between the Lines is an empowering and enchanting new musical for anyone who has ever sought to find their place in the world. An outsider in a new town and a new school, Delilah seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur in both extraordinary and astonishing ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story.

Casting and the full design team will be announced shortly.

Between the Lines made its world premiere at Kansas City Rep in Fall 2017, where the musical broke box office records and the Kansas City Star called the show, “a whimsical, wonderful production,” and Broadway World raved, “It is a throwback to the prototypical well-conceived, masterfully executed, tuneful, funny, appropriately danced, and professionally acted example of what you hope a Broadway style musical might aspire to be at its best.” In January 2018, a sold out concert version of Between the Lines was presented at the 92Y in Manhattan.

Follow Between the Lines on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @BTLMusical.

BIOGRAPHIES

JODI PICOULT (Original Book) has written 25 novels, with 15 million copies sold worldwide. Her last eleven books debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, including the recent A Spark of Light. Five novels were made into movies and Between the Lines (co-written with daughter Samantha van Leer) was adapted as a musical. She has been awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Award from YALSA, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She is also the co-librettist for The Book Thief musical, which debuts in the UK in 2021. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband.

SAMANTHA VAN LEER (Original Book) graduated from Vassar College with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development. She was awarded Vassar’s Edith Glicksman Neisser Prize for excellence in child study/child development. She received her Masters in Education from Simmons College with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education, and currently teaches fourth grade in Cambridge, MA. Along with her mother, Jodi Picoult, she wrote the novels Between the Lines and Off the Page. She and her husband live in Brookline, MA.

TIMOTHY ALLEN MCDONALD (Book). Librettist credits: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Pasek and Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Paul Williams, directed by Christopher Gattelli), and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley). Current projects: Between The Lines, The Big-One-Oh! opening at the Atlantic Theatre fall 2019, and The Book Thief opening in the U.K. spring 2021. Tim has adapted over 125 musicals for the educational market ranging from Xanadu JR. to Annie JR. An estimated 36 million people attend one of these productions annually. He is the co-author of the iTheatrics Method, the world’s first-ever educational musical theatre textbook (GIA Publications), and the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Festivals Worldwide. www.iTheatrics.com

KATE ANDERSON & ELYSSA SAMSEL (Music & Lyrics) are the Annie award nominated songwriters behind Disney Animation’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. They have penned three musicals for the stage, Between the Lines (KC Rep 2017), The Book Thief , based on the novel by Marcus Zusak, and Camp Wish-No-More (NYU Steinhardt 2013), an original concept on which Samsel/ Anderson penned the book, music, and lyrics. The two met in the acclaimed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing workshop in 2010 and have been writing partners ever since. They are currently the in-house songwriters for Apple’s upcoming Central Park, an animated musical series from the minds of Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad. They are also developing a feature film for Warner Brothers loosely based on Rip Van Winkle starring Cynthia Erivo. In addition to songwriting, Elyssa is also a classically trained violinist and singer, while Kate does improv and sketch comedy which she has studied extensively with the Upright Citizens Brigade.

LORIN LATARRO (Choreographer). Broadway: Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot. Additional choreography: La Traviata (The Met); Chess (Kennedy Center); Twelfth Night (Delacorte); 21 Chump Street (BAM); Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe); Assassins and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores!); Queen of the Night (Drama Desk Award); Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington). Director: Taste of Things to Come (Chicago). Lorin performed in 12 Broadway shows, danced for Tharp, Momix, Graham. Juilliard graduate. Upcoming: Home Street Home (West End).

JEFF CALHOUN (Director). Broadway: Disney's Newsies (Eight Tony Award Nominations including Best Director), Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River (Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (Tony Nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award, Best Musical). On Tour and Internationally: Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical (London’s West End & U.K. Tour) and Disney's High School Musical 1 & 2. Regionally: Between The Lines, Last Days of Summer and The Music Man. Jeff is an associate artist at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thejeffcalhoun.

DARYL ROTH (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. The proud recipient of 12 Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, her over 118 award winning productions include: Kinky Boots, 6 years on Broadway and around the globe (London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany); Angels in America (2018 Tony); Caroline, or Change; Curtains; Gloria: A Life; Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia (2002 Tony); Indecent; It Shoulda Been You; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; and War Horse (2011 Tony). Honored to have been inducted into the 2017 Theatre Hall of Fame, she is a Trustee of Lincoln Center Theater, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Kennedy Center. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
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