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(top, l to r) Bridget Adams-King, Jeremiah Alsop, Emily Barnash, Frankie Leo Bennett, Caitlyn Cerza, Caitlin Dobbins, Britain Gebhardt, Connor Giles and Parker Guidry (bottom, l to r) Kaimana Neil, Liz Norton, Deanalis Resto, Shane Roberie, Roy Samra, Tiffany T. Taylor, Marco Tzunux, Courtney Dane Mize and Patrick O’Keefe.
Kokandy Productions has announced casting for “Head Over Heels,” featuring songs by The Go-Go’s, making its Chicago debut just six months after closing on Broadway. Based on “The Arcadia” by Sir Phillip Sidney, it follows the escapades of a royal family on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction — set to songs like “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”
“Head Over Heels” was conceived by Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”), who wrote the original book, and adapted by James Magruder. Kokandy’s production is co-directed by new Producing Artistic Director Derek Van Barham and Elizabeth Swanson, with music direction by Kyra Leigh and choreography by Breon Arzell.
The cast includes Bridget Adams-King, Jeremiah Alsop, Emily Barnash, Frankie Leo Bennett, Caitlyn Cerza, Caitlin Dobbins, Britain Gebhardt, Connor Giles, Parker Guidry, Kaimana Neil, Liz Norton, Deanalis Resto, Shane Roberie, Roy Samra, Tiffany T. Taylor and Marco Tzunux, with swings Courtney Dane Mize and Patrick O’Keefe.
The production team includes Chris Rhoton (scenic design), Uriel Gomez (costume design) G. “Max” Maxin IV (lighting design), Mike Patrick (sound design) Adam Borchers (props design), Patrick O’Brien (sound engineer), Emily Boyd (scenic painter), Nicholas Reinhart (production manager) and Hannah Cremin (stage manager).
“Head Over Heels” plays July 1 – August 25 at Theater Wit. Tickets are currently available at kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.