Jun 20 - Aug 2, 2020 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

"Stay gold." - Johnny, Act II, Scene XII

The story that defined a generation is reimagined in a groundbreaking musical for a new generation. In 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hardened hearts, aching souls and romantic dreams of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their band of greasers take center stage in a fight for purpose and a quest for survival. Adapted from S.E. Hinton’s seminal book and Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic film, and directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy with a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, The Outsiders features a score by acclaimed Austin-based rock duo Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine. 


  • Book, Adam Rapp

    Adam Rapp is an award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, including Nocturne, FasterAnimals & Plants, Finer Noble Gases, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense, American Sligo, Bingo with the Indians, Kindness, The Metal Children, The Hallway Trilogy, The Edge of Our Bodies, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Wolf in the RiverThe Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois and Red Light Winter (Jeff Award for Best New WorkOBIE; Pulitzer Prize Finalist). His most recent play, The Sound Inside, received its world premiere at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival and was named one of The New York Times best plays of 2018.

    Directing credits include the world premiere of Karen O's opera Stop of the Virgens (The Creators Project, St. Ann's Warehouse; The Vivid Live Festival); True West (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2012 Best Moment in Culture), and Finer Noble Gases (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fringe First Award, The List's Best Newcomer Prize). Rapp is the author of eleven novels, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (LA Times Book Prize, Schneider Family Book Award), Punkzilla (Printz Honor Book) and 33 Snowfish (Booklist 50 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time). Film credits include Winter Passing, Blackbird and Loitering With Intent. Television credits include The L Word, In Treatment, Flesh & Bone, Vinyl and The Looming Tower.

    His playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award.

    Book, Adam Rapp
  • Music & Lyrics, Jamestown Revival

    Jamestown Revival (Composer and Lyricist) debuted in 2014 and has since been building an extensive fan base through grass roots support and relentless touring, performing at iconic venues from the Ryman Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater as well as festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits and Stagecoach among countless others. Led by Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance–who have maintained a close friendship since meeting at age 15 in Magnolia, Texas–their journey continues to evolve. After the release of their debut album Utah and the follow-up Education of a Wandering Man, the duo spent four years touring and building their base. In 2018, the pair set to writing new material for their upcoming album San Isabel which is set to release June 14, 2019. The album, which was recorded in a remote cabin in Colorado, focuses on the duo’s roots and harmonies, finding inspiration in ‘60s and early 70’s folk and pop with a reverence for early John Denver and Bob Dylan, as well as Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The Outsiders is Jamestown Revival’s first foray in to the world of musical theater, and they have relied heavily on their experience songwriting and arranging harmonies to tell the story. The duo’s Americana style is a familiar thread that runs throughout the play, creating a musical that truly brings something unique to the stage. Learn more at JamestownRevival.com.

    Music & Lyrics, Jamestown Revival
  • Music & Lyrics, Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations, Justin Levine

    Justin Levine is a New York based composer, arranger, music supervisor and performer. Recent projects include Moulin Rouge! (Emerson Colonial Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama Desk nomination, Delacorte Theater), VEVO X LORDE: Melodrama (Lorde video project, Electric Lady Studios), Contemporary Color (Barclay’s Center/Air Canada Center), Bonfire Night (book, music and lyrics, NAMT), The Weight of Smoke (Lincoln Center), Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theater), Here Lies Love (Public Theater, London’s National Theater, Seattle Rep, MassMoca), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Delacorte Theater), Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public Theater and Broadway), Pepper and Sam: Death By Vaudeville (Ars Nova).

    Composer commissions from Williamstown Theater Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, Ars Nova, The Old Globe and Naked AngelsJustinLevineOnline.com

    Music & Lyrics, Justin Levine
  • Choreographer, Lorin Latarro

    Lorin Latarro choreographed the Broadway, National Tour and West End productions of Waitress, Broadway’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, Curious Incident… and American Idiot as Associate. 

    Additional choreography includes Superhero (Second Stage); Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout Theatre Company); La Traviata (Metropolitan Opera); Chess (Kennedy Center); Twelfth Night (Delacorte); Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (BAM); Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe); Assassins, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores!); Between The Lines (KC Rep); Queen of The Night (Drama Desk Award); Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington) and The Best Is Yet To Come (59E59, Drama Desk Award). 

    Her directing credits include A Taste of Things to Come (Chicago). Lorin performed in 12 Broadway shows and danced for Twyla Tharp Dance, Momix Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company. Lorin is a Bucks County Artistic Associate and Juilliard graduate. 

    Choreographer, Lorin Latarro
  • Director, Liesl Tommy

    Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international theater director. She is known for her development of exciting new works as well as her innovative interpretation of classics. World premieres include Eclipsed by Danai Gurira starring Lupita Nyong’o on Broadway, for which Tommy was Tony Award-nominated for Best Direction of a PlayThe Good Negro, The Urban RetreatInformed ConsentKid VictoryParty People, and Appropriate.

    Liesl has also adapted Disney’s blockbuster animated film Frozen as a Disneyland musical. Classics include her modern day Les Miserables, the first time the show was reimagined multi-culturally; HamletA Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and a four-city tour of Ruined.

    Tommy facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and serves as Associate Artist at Berkeley Rep; Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program; and Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

    In film and television, Tommy has helmed episodes of Queen Sugar, Insecure and The Walking Dead. She recently signed on to direct the MGM biopic Respect, based on the life of Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson. Tommy will also direct Born a Crime for Paramount Players, based on Trevor Noah's best-selling memoir.

    Director, Liesl Tommy

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