Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, the limited 15-week engagement will begin previews September 28 prior to an official opening October 22 in The Shed’s Griffin Theater.
The all-star cast will feature Francois Battiste, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce, and Jeremy Shamos. Understudies include Bradley Dean, Adam Harrington, Bligh Voth, Adante Carter, Mehry Eslaminia, and Lindsay Nicole Chambers.
Inspired by two Luis Buñuel films, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel, Here We Are has music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Ives.
Go inside the rehearsal room for the upcoming run below:
The Off-Broadway production will also have choreography by Sam Pinkleton, set design and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Tom Gibbons, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical direction and supervision by Alexander Gemignani, hair design by Wigmaker Associates, and casting by The Telsey Office.
The musical has been in the works since at least 2014 and was developed by The Public Theater in 2016. In 2021, The New York Times reported that Sondheim and Ives had abandoned the project. But conflicting reports in the months after reported that the pair was not done with the idea. Sondheim died in 2021, with the musical unfinished.
Said Sondheim shortly before he passed to the Times of his musical: “The first act is based on The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and the second act is based on The Exterminating Angel ... I don’t know if I should give the so-called plot away, but the first act is a group of people trying to find a place to have dinner, and they run into all kinds of strange and surreal things, and in the second act, they find a place to have dinner, but they can’t get out.” During that same interview, Sondheim admitted he didn't know when the musical would be finished.
For tickets, visit TheShed.org.