Are you ready to get shucked?
Broadway's Shucked officially opened at the Nederlander Theatre April 4. In celebration, Playbill tested the shucking skills of the show's cast, creative team, and esteemed guests. Who could shuck corn faster: a member of Shucked or a red carpet celebrity? The challenge was simple: Whoever could shuck a single ear of corn the fastest wins for their team!
Everyone from Kristin Chenoweth to Tariq the Corn Kid tried their hand, with a variety of shucking techniques on display for the red carpet.
Check out the video below to see the lightning-fast winner:
The farm-fresh musical comedy proved to be a buzzy opening night ticket, with country music star Kasey Musgraves, comedy icon Rachel Dratch, and plenty of Broadway stalwarts showing up in support. Read more of Playbill's coverage from Shucked's opening night here.
Shucked takes place in Cobb County where the population is small and the corn fields are endless. But trouble occurs when the corn crop starts dying and young Maizy (Caroline Innerbichler) must travel outside her town to find help.
The new musical features a book by Tony winner Robert Horn (Tootsie, 13) and a score by Grammy-winning Nashville-based duo Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. Three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Front Page) is at the helm.
They're joined by an ensemble comprising Jimmy Brewer, Audrey Cardwell, Dwayne Clark, Rheaume Crenshaw, Jaygee Macapugay, Scott Stangland, Yasmeen Sulieman, and Quinn VanAntwerp, rounded out by swings Miki Abraham, Ken Wulf Clark, Traci Elaine Lee, and Alan Wiggins.
Shucked features choreography by Sarah O'Gleby and music supervision, music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony nominee Jason Howland. Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design is by Tilly Grimes, lighting design is by Japhy Weideman, sound design by John Shivers, and wig design by Mia Neal. John Miller is the music coordinator, Billy Jay Stein and Hiro Iida of Strange Cranium designed the electronic music, and Juniper Street Productions handles production management.
Claire Trempe serves as company manager, Michael J. Passaro is the production stage manager, Michelle Bosch is the stage manager, Matthew Henao is the assistant stage manager, and general management is handled by RCI Theatricals. The production was cast by Stephen Kopel and C12 Casting.
Shucked is produced by Mike Bosner, Jason Owen, Jeffrey A. Sine, Bob Boyett, Jeremiah J. Harris, James L. Nederlander, Duda Allen, Karen Fairchild, Terry Schnuck, Jimi Westbrook, KSO Productions, AEG Presents, Sony Music Entertainment, S&Co, Horipro Inc, the John Gore Organization, and ZKM Media.