Cocoa Village, Henegar offer extraordinary musicals

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If your theatrical tastes lean towards the unique, you’re in luck this week, since two unusual shows are appearing on the Brevard stages.

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“, with its very short series from May 27 and 28 at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, dives deep into the creative process – as well as the countless hopes and prayers – that go into a Broadway musical.

The writers themselves describe it as “an original musical that tells its own journey from inception to opening night on Broadway.”

The production stars John Dudley and Hayley Vervalin, last seen at the Playhouse in “John and Jen.”

“Both Hayley and John grew up on our stage before heading off to college and enjoying professional careers off Broadway and all over the East Coast,” said Executive Director Dr. Anastacia Hawkins-Smith.

Vervalin was accepted into Scotland’s exclusive Royal Conservatory and performed across Europe in productions of ‘Chess the Musical’ and ‘Brigadoon’ before returning to New York and later touring across Canada.

Dudley graduated from Coastal Carolina University and has worked with Broadway veterans like Lee Roy Reams, Stephen Sposito, Adam Pelty and Beck Timms.

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Now they play Heidi and Jeff, writers struggling to create a worthy New York Musical Theater Festival entry for a three-week period. They are aided by their friends Hunter and Susan, played by Nathaniel Knepper-Quijano and Cathy Moubray in the Playhouse production.

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“We will Rock You”

Another not-so-typical show is Henegar Center’s “We Will Rock You,” which was supposed to run for just one weekend, but quickly created such buzz before opening night that executive artistic director Dominic Del Brocco increased the duration to three. weeks, from May 27 to June 12.

The surreal plot is thin, but who needs a plot if you’ve got 20+ Queen hits, including “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”?

The story, as it stands, is set in a vaguely Orwellian world 300 years in the future, where everyone wears the same clothes and rock music is banned, until free spirits come into their own. action and try to change things.

“‘We Will Rock You’ is a ridiculous adventure through Queen’s music library, set in one of the most unusual settings,” Del Brocco said.

The show is the perfect fun ending to an otherwise rather classic and more serious season of Henegar.

“‘We Will Rock You’ is our closest to our 31st season and has already broken box office records before it even opened. So much so, in fact, that before auditions were held or the cast of the show, we had already selected performances at 80% capacity,” added Del Brocco.

"We will Rock You," a theatrical musical based on the music of Queen, will be on stage at Henegar Center until June 12, 2022. Visit henegarcenter.com.

In Henegar’s production, Eric Barnum and Melinda Benya play unlikely heroes Galileo and Scaramouche, who join the gypsy resistance led by Oz (Kara Howard) and Brit (Chris Fallows) and battle the Killer Queen (Mandy Kerridge and in some performances Angela Tims) as they struggle to regain their memory and save humanity from the current redundant mix of processed and soulless pop music.

“The cast promises to deliver top notch vocals, dazzling lights and effects and all the great things that make up a visit to any rock concert,” added Del Brocco. He also promised glow-in-the-dark elements, including items to buy, as well as themed drinks and a rousing finale for the audience.

“‘We Will Rock You’ is a fun, different, not-too-serious night out and a great way to kick off the summer,” Del Brocco said.

If you are going to

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Or: Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave, Cocoa

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. The show on Sunday, May 29 is already sold out.

Tickets: $20

Information: 321-636-5050

On the Web: cacaovillageplayhouse.com

‘We will Rock You’

Or: Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne

When: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, with an additional show at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.

Tickets: $25 to $36

Information: 321-723-8698

On the Web: henegarcenter.com

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