April 10 - May 6, 2018

Genre
Musical
Runtime
2 hrs


Deliriously funny and sexy, HEAD OVER HEELS is a tantalizing odyssey wrought with mistaken identities, jealous lovers, romance and scandal. This lavishly quick witted new musical takes us on an extravagant journey where everything (and everyone) is not quite what it seems. What happens next?…Our lips are sealed!

“The Curran has a wonderful history of introducing shows to the world before they go on to Broadway. I’m very happy to continue that legacy, giving California audiences the chance to be among the first to experience the utter joy of The Go-Go’s HEAD OVER HEELS, filled with the music that only the world’s most successful all-female rock band could provide.”
-Carole Shorenstein Hays

HEAD OVER HEELS is the fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next To Normal, American Idiot, Spring Awakening and Avenue Q. Directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) with musical arrangement by Pulitzer Prize and Tony® winner Tom Kitt (Next To Normal, SpongeBob SquarePants​) and choreography by Emmy® and Drama Desk nominee Spencer Liff (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2015 revival of Spring Awakening, So You Think You Can Dance), HEAD OVER HEELS was conceived and has an original book by Tony® winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Bring It On: The Musical) and is adapted by Jim Magruder (Triumph of Love). HEAD OVER HEELS is based upon The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney.

The creative team for HEAD OVER HEELS includes scenic design by Tony Award® nominee Julian Crouch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), lighting design by four-time Tony Award® winner Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Spring Awakening), costume design by Academy Award® and Tony Award® nominee Arianne Phillips (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Kai Harada (Follies).

“If you told us 30 years ago that our songs were going to be in a musical, we’d have said ‘Of course they’ll be on Broadway!’ None of us would have really believed it though — what a crazy idea! Yet here we are, with HEAD OVER HEELS – a celebration of love in all its forms, joyful, fun and full of heart, driven by the songs that for decades have been making people jump from their seats and dance.” -The Go-Go’s

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Creatives

Kevin Adams
Lighting Design
Julian Crouch
Scenic Designer
Kai Harada
Sound Designer
Tom Kitt
Composer / Arranger / Orchestrator / Music Supervisor
Spencer Liff
Musical Staging and Choreography
James Magruder
Adaptation
Michael Mayer
Director
Arianne Phillips
Costume Designer
Rick Ferrari
Lead Producer
Donovan Leitch
Lead Producer
Christine Russell
Lead Producer
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Producer
Louise Gund
Lead Producer
Hunter Arnold
Lead Producer
Tom Kirdahy
Lead Producer

Kevin Adams

Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), American Idiot (Tony Award), Next to Normal (Tony nom), The 39 Steps (Tony Award), Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Hair (Tony nom), Passing Strange, Everyday Rapture, Take Me Out and A Class Act. Off-Broadway includes Hedwig, The Scottsboro Boys, Carrie, Rent, Spring Awakening, Next To Normal, new work by Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Richard Greenberg, Paula Vogel, Arthur Kopit and Christopher Durang, Obie for sustained excellence. Also: Blue Man Group (Las Vegas Luxor Casino, Hollywood Bowl, international tour), Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs (Lincoln Center), solo shows for Michael Moore, John Leguizamo, Eve Ensler, Anna Deveare Smith, Eric Bogosian, Sandra Bernhard, Rachel Rosenthal and John Fleck. Film: Janet Jackson’s music video IF, Mildred Pierce (HBO), Sandra Bernhard’s Without You I’m Nothing, NBC’s Totally Minnie with Vanna White and Suzanne Somers. Staged concerts with Patti Lupone: Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday In The Park, Regina, Candide. Opera: Metropolitan Opera (Rigoletto, L’Amour de Loin, upcoming Marnie and La Traviata), New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Bard Summerscape, Tanglewood, English National Opera.

Julian Crouch

Julian Crouch is a Brooklyn-based director, designer, writer, maker, teacher, illustrator and musician, whose career has spanned theatre, opera, ballet, film, and television. In the mid-1990’s he co-founded London’s Improbable Theatre Company. Improbable’s productions, which included Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Spirit, Sticky, The Hanging Man, The Wolves in The Walls, and Panic, have gained national and international recognition. His final production for Improbable which he conceived, directed and designed, was The Devil And Mister Punch.

On Broadway Julian designed Hedwig (Tony nom), The Addams Family and Big Fish. Julian co-created, co-directed and designed the multi-award winning Shockheaded Peter. His opera work has included set design and associate direction for Satyagraha (ENO; MET), and creating The Enchanted Island, Doctor Atomic, and staging the 125th Gala for the Met. Other major projects include Marnie (ENO), Jerry Springer the Opera and A Funny Thing… (National Theatre), The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera) and Cinderella (Dutch National; San Francisco Ballet). Recently Julian co-directed and designed Jedermann (Salzburg Festival), The Nutcracker, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (Joffrey), King Arthur (Berlin Staatsoper), Hansel and Gretel (La Scala). His production Birdheart, co-conceived with Saskia Lane is currently touring internationally.

Upcoming projects include Barber Of Seville (Netherlands Opera), Ernani (La Scala), and Marnie (MET).

Julian was recently Artist in Residence at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, was the first commissioned artist for the BRIC House Fireworks Residency Program in Brooklyn, and is currently a Libretto Writing Fellow in residence at the American Lyric Theater.

Kai Harada

Broadway: The Band’s Visit; Amélie; Sunday in the Park With George; Allegiance; Gigi; Fun Home; On the Town; First Date; Follies (Tony Award & Drama Desk Nominations); and Million Dollar Quartet.

Other: A Legendary Romance; Poster Boy (Williamstown); Beaches (Drury Lane); Brooklynite (Vineyard); Little Dancer and First You Dream (Kennedy Center); Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera); and She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Audio Consultant for the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale University.

Tom Kitt

Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. He is also the composer of If/Then (Tony Nom., Outer Critics Nom.); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring it On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); Disney’s Freaky Friday; The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway) The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons) and As You Like It (Toho Co., Japan).

Tom is the music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator, and composer of additional music for SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical. In addition, he is the music supervisor for the new NBC drama, Rise, and was responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Grease Live! and Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. Other Television Songwriting credits include a musical episode of Royal Pains, and songs for Penny Dreadful, Sesame Street, and Julie’s Greenroom. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, credits include the Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets.

Spencer Liff

Broadway: Spring Awakening (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical) starring Neil Patrick Harris; Falsettos (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for Best Revival of a Musical). Regional: The Man in the Ceiling (Baystreet Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Seller); Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse); Two Gentleman of Verona: A Rock Opera (The Shakespeare Theater Company); Oliver! (The Human Race Theatre); A Snow White Christmas and Aladdin (Lythgoe Family Productions); World Of Color (Disneyland); On A Clear Day (MTW Director/Choreographer)
Television: Choreographer for 9 seasons on the hit FOX television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” (two Emmy nominations). Choreographer for television programs including The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, “One Day at a Time” (Netflix), “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (choreographer & co-producer) “Mike and Molly”, “2 Broke Girls”, “Dancing with the Stars”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Parks and Recreation”, “Happyland”, and The Latin Grammy Awards.
Performance: Broadway debut in Big – The Musical, followed by The Wedding Singer, Cry-Baby (Fred Astaire Award as Best Male Dancer on Broadway), Equus, and 9 to 5. Performing credits for film and TV include Hairspray, Across the Universe, Footloose, Smash and Gypsy starring Bette Midler.
Film: "Speech & Debate," adapted from the Roundabout Theater play by Steven Karam.
Awards/Charities: Spencer is on the board of the Dizzy Feet Foundation and a faculty member of Broadway Dreams Foundation.

James Magruder

James Magruder made his Broadway debut with the book for the musical Triumph of Love, adapted from his own translation of the Marivaux comedy. His other adaptations of works by Molière, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Hofmannsthal, Dickens, and Giraudoux have been commissioned and/or staged across the country, and in Germany and Japan.

His doctoral dissertation for the Yale School of Drama, Three French Comedies, published by Yale University Press, was named an "Outstanding Literary Translation of the Year" by the American Literary Translators Association. A fiction writer since 2002, he has published three books to date: Sugarless, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in 2010; Let Me See It, a linked story collection; and the recent Ivy League sex romp, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall. His stories and original plays have appeared in New England Review, Subtropics, Hopkins Review, The Normal School, The Gettysburg Review, Arts & Letters, New Stories from the Midwest, and elsewhere. A four-time fellow of the MacDowell Colony, he lives in Baltimore, teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and French drama at the Yale School of Drama.

Michael Mayer

Recent work includes Michael Moore’s The Terms of My Surrender at the Belasco, the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Marnie at London’s ENO, the U.K. the record-breaking West End run of Funny Girl and UK tour, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, As You Like It for Toho Theatre Creation in Tokyo, and Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout.

Broadway Credits: Spring Awakening (Tony Award/Best Musical and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director; also London, National Tour, Vienna, Tokyo, and Seoul productions); American Idiot (also co-author, Drama Desk Award for Best Director; also US, UK and Asia tours); Side Man (Tony Award/Best Play also London and Kennedy Center Productions); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award/Best Musical also London and National Tour); A View from the Bridge (Tony Award/Best Revival); Everyday Rapture; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Triumph of Love.

Off-Broadway credits include: Brooklynite (Also co-author, Vineyard), Whorl Inside A Loop (with Dick Scanlan, Second Stage), 10 Million Miles (Atlantic). Feature films: The Seagull (upcoming), A Home at the End of the World, and Flicka. Television: Smash (Pilot) for NBC and two seasons of Alpha House for Amazon. Metropolitan Opera: a celebrated new production of Rigoletto. He serves on the Board of New York Stage and Film.

Arianne Phillips

ARIANNE PHILLIPS is one of the most unique Costume Designers in the entertainment industry, a gifted visual artist who brings her exemplary eye to film, theater, fashion and music.

Known for her cutting-edge designs, Phillips has been recognized wither her first Oscar nomination for excellence in Costume Design in 2006 for Walk the Line, her 2nd nomination in 2012 for Madonna’s W.E. She received a Tony nomination for Best Costume Designer for the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and a BAFTA nomination for Tom Ford’s A Single Man.

2017 brought Arianne’s second collaboration with director Matthew Vaughn with Kingsman: The Golden Circle, having previously collaborated on the 2016 release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, other notable films include 3:10 to Yuma, One Hour Photo, Girl Inturrupted, The People vs Larry Flint, Hedwig and the Angry Inch to name a few…

2017 marks Arianne’s 20 year working relationship with Madonna collaborations include album covers, photo shoots, music videos and designing her past 6 world tours.

Always looking for new creative opportunities 2017 will have Arianne designing her first Opera Marnie a co-production between The Englsih National Opera in London and The Metropolitan Opera of New York City.

Arianne’s career diversity is by her design incorporating her love of character & storytelling to cross all genres between film, theater, fashion, and beyond.

Rick Ferrari

Donovan Leitch

Christine Russell

Gwyneth Paltrow

Louise Gund

Hunter Arnold

Tom Kirdahy