How to Dance in Ohio Releases Original Broadway Cast Recording January 19 | Playbill

Cast Recordings & Albums How to Dance in Ohio Releases Original Broadway Cast Recording January 19

The coming-of-age musical follows the challenges faced by a group of autistic young adults at an Ohio counseling center.

Company of How To Dance In Ohio Curtis Brown

Surprise! Broadway's How to Dance in Ohio released their cast recording to streaming platforms January 19. Information on a physical release is forthcoming.

Playing the Belasco Theatre, How to Dance in Ohio is directed by Sammi Cannold, with music by composer Jacob Yandura and a book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik. The new show follows the challenges faced by a group of autistic young adults at an Ohio counseling center.

READ: 'Autism Isn't Something to Fear': How to Dance in Ohio Is Breaking Grounds in Autistic Representation

How to Dance in Ohio previously enjoyed a world premiere at Syracuse Stage in 2022. Much of that production's cast, which includes autistic actors in the seven principal roles, are reprising their performances for the Broadway run, including Desmond Edwards as Remy, Amelia Fei as Caroline, Madison Kopec as Marideth, Liam Pearce as Drew, Imani Russell as Mel, Conor Tague as Tommy, and Ashley Wool as Jessica. All seven make their Broadway debuts with the musical.

The cast also includes Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away) as Dr. Emilio Amigo, Cristina Sastre as Ashley Amigo, Haven Burton (Shrek) as Terry, Darlesia Cearcy (Shuffle Along...) as Johanna, Carlos L Encinias (Les Misérables), Nick Gaswirth (The Great Comet), Melina Kalomas, Martín Solá, Jean Christian Barry (Stranger Sings), Collin Hancock, Hunter Hollingsworth, Marina Jansen, Ayanna Thomas, and Marina Pires.

The track list for the cast recording includes 

  1. Today Is, Pt. 1
  2. Today Is, Pt. 2
  3. Under Control
  4. The How-to's
  5. How to Dance in Ohio
  6. Unlikely Animals
  7. Butterflies
  8. Slow Dancing
  9. Getting Ready for the Dance
  10. Waves and Wires
  11. Drift
  12. Terminally Human
  13. So Much in Common
  14. Chevy Silverado
  15. Reincarnation
  16. Nothing at All
  17. Building Momentum
  18. Building Momentum (Reprise)
  19. Finale

The creative team from the world premiere continued with the show to the Main Stem, including choreographer Mayte Natalio, music director Lily Ling, scenic designer Robert Brill, costume designer Sarafina Bush, lighting designer Bradley King, and sound designer Connor Wang. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin, and Scott Rowen serves as production stage manager. Casting is by Benton Whitley and Micah Johnson-Levy of Whitley Theatrical. ShowTown Theatricals serves as general manager, and Mary-Mitchell Campbell is a music consultant.

To ensure authentic autistic representation on stage, the production also works with an accessibility team, including Autistic Creative Consultant Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, Director of Community Engagement Becky Leifman, associate producer Jeremy Wein, production assistant Liz Weber, and script consultant Nicole D'Angelo.

READ: How To Dance in Ohio Is Making Sure the Show Is Sensory Friendly Onstage and Off

Producers are P3 Production's Ben Holtzman, Sammy Lopez, and Fiona Howe Rudin; and Level Forward. The musical was originally developed with the late Harold Prince and is dedicated to his work on the project.


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