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Head Over Heels is a "jukebox" musical comedy with music and lyrics from the catalog of The Go-Go's. Jeff Whitty conceived the show and wrote the original book, which was then adapted by James Margruder. The plot of the show is somewhat based on The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century, Head Over Heels opened on Broadwayon July 26, 2018 at the Hudson Theatre.

Plot Edit

Head Over Heels is a jukebox musical that adapts the plot of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, 16th-century prose poem by Sir Philip Sidney.

Productions Edit

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2015) Edit

The show made its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon on June 3, 2015. The production ran until October 10 and was directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.

In 2016, Michael Mayer replaced Iskandar as director. Also joining the re-imagined creative team were music supervisor Tom Kitt (who previously worked with Mayer on American Idiot), and James Margruder to adapt Whitty's original libretto.

San Francisco (2018) Edit

The show played the Curran Theatre in San Francisco between April 10 and May 6, 2018. The production was billed as the official pre-Broadway engagement. For this production, Michael Mayer directed.

Broadway (2018) Edit

The show began previews at the Hudson Theatre on June 23, 2018. The official opening took place on July 26, 2018.

Arianne Phillips is the show's costume designer, and Spencer Liff is the choreographer. Kevin Adams did the lighting design, Andrew Lazarow did the projection design, Kai Harada did the sound design, and Julian Crouch (de) did the scenic and puppet design.

Making her Broadway debut in the role of Pythio, Peppermint became the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.

Musical numbers Edit

Act I
  • "We Got the Beat" – Company
  • "Beautiful" – Pamela and Ensemble
  • "Vision of Nowness" – Pythio and Ensemble
  • "Get up and Go" – Basilius and Company
  • "Mad About You" – Musidorus and Male Ensemble
  • "Good Girl" – Philoclea, Mopsa and Pamela
  • "Vision of Nowness" (Reprise) – Musidorus, Pythio and Female Ensemble
  • "Beautiful" (Reprise) – Musidorus, Pythio and Female Ensemble
  • "Automatic Rainy Day" – Pamela and Mopsa
  • "Cool Jerk" – Company
  • "Vacation" – Mopsa and Female Ensemble
  • "How Much More" – Pamela
  • "Our Lips Are Sealed" – Musidorus, Philoclea, Pamela, Mopsa, Pythio and Ensemble
Act II
  • "Head Over Heels" – Musidorus, Philoclea, Mopsa, Pamela and Company
  • "This Old Feeling" – Gynecia and Basilius
  • "Turn to You" – Mopsa, Pamela and Ensemble
  • "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" – Pythio, Gynecia, Basilius and Ensemble
  • "Lust to Love" – Basilius and Ensemble
  • "Here You Are" – Philoclea and Company
  • "Mad About You" (Reprise) – Company

Characters and original cast Edit

Character Oregon (2015) San Francisco (2018) Broadway (2018)
Musidorus Dylan Paul Andrew Durand
Mopsa Britney Simpson Taylor Iman Jones
Basilius Michael Sharon Jeremy Kushnier
Pamela Bonnie Milligan
Pythio N/A Peppermint
Dametas David Kelly Tom Alan Robbins
Philoclea Tala Ashe Alexandra Socha
Gynecia Miriam A. Laube Rachel York

Reception Edit

Writing for Deadline, Greg Evans summed up his impression of the musical as "occasionally amusing, occasionally cloying", expressing disappointment that many popular Go-Go's songs appeared to have been flattened over the years the musical spent in development. In Entertainment Weekly, Kelly Connolly viewed the show more favorably, praising "the charismatic cast" and Michael Mayer's "joyful production"; she gave the A- score overall.

The New York Times's critic Ben Brantley's review drew criticism as transphobic and misgendering of Peppermint's character. The Times subsequently edited the review and Brantley apologized for it, writing that he had tried to "reflect the light tone of the show".

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