Ogunquit Playhouse to Present World Premiere of BD Wong and Wayne Barker’s MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, A NEW MUSICAL, AUG. 12-SEPT. 17

From an Oscar-nominated film to a world premiere musical, Tony Award-winner BD Wong ((Jurassic World, “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” M. Butterfly) and Tony Nominee Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher) will bring to the Ogunquit Playhouse stage Mr Holland’s Opus, A New Musical, from Friday, August 12 – Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here for tickets.

Mr. Holland’s Opus – A New Musical, features music by Wayne Barker and book and lyrics by BD Wong, and is based on the screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan. BD Wong will direct, with choreography by Darren Lee.

Glenn Holland, gives up his dreams for teaching high school music to make ends meet. Little does he realize that leaving one’s mark on the world can take many different forms, as his temporary detour leads to a lifetime impacting the lives of hundreds. Adapting Patrick Sheane Duncan’s cherished screenplay, this musical journey is a love letter to the enduring influence music has on humanity and the difference one person can make.

Ogunquit Playhouse is located at 10 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907. Click here for more information.

BD Wong (Director) Born and raised in San Francisco, Wong made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly, and is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. Well known for his film roles Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride, and their sequels, as well as voicing Li Shang in Disney’s Mulan. On television, Wong has been a series regular on All-American Girl (Fox), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), Nora From Queens (Comedy Central), with recurring roles on Gotham (Fox) and Mr Robot (USA). Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Pacific Overtures, The Great Leap, and his one-man show Herringbone. Wong’s passionate journey adapting Mr Holland’s Opus began five years ago at San Diego State University. @wongbd

Wayne Barker (Composer) Barker is composer of the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher and performed for six years with Dame Edna Everage throughout the US, UK, and Australia. Regional: Laugh (Studio Theatre); Hollywood (La Jolla Playhouse); Primrose Path, The Great Gatsby (Guthrie); Sisters’ Follies (Abrons Arts Center); Sing for Your Shakespeare (Westport Country Playhouse); Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, The Boys From Syracuse (Baltimore Center Stage). Barker has contributed dozens of original arrangements to symphony pops programs around the country, including the New York Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, and St. Louis symphonies. waynebarkercomposer.com

Darren Lee (Choreographer) Darren began his career in the Entertainment Industry at age 11 as a contestant on Junior Star Search before becoming a series regular on Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated. As an adult performer, he relocated to New York with Broadway roles in Allegiance, Shogun the Musical, Miss Saigon, and more. After 18 years as a Broadway performer, Lee refocused his energies on directing and choreography. Broadway: Heading East starring BD Wong, Andy Warhol Was Right (NYMF). International: Turandot (Japan). Regional: Victor/Victoria (Ogunquit Playhouse), Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), South Pacific (Olney Theatre Center), Herringbone starring BD Wong (La Jolla Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Diamond Head); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Westchester Broadway); Pacific Overtures (North Shore); and Jesus Christ Superstar (MUNY), among many others. darrenlee.com @darrenleenyc

Lex Jiang (Set and Costume Design) Lex is an award-winning production designer for theatre and live events. His scenic and costume designs have been seen across the country and around the globe at various Off-Broadway, regional, and international theatre and dance venues. Born and raised in California, Lex has made NYC home for the last 20 years after graduating from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, a boutique design and production house specializing in experiential event design and bespoke interiors. At LDC, he has overseen and managed NYC city-wide installations, Times Square shutdown events, and dozens of launches and galas. lexliang.com @lex924

Richard Latta (Lighting Design) OP: Jersey Boys, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Oklahoma!, An American in Paris (IRNE Award Nomination), Grumpy Old Men the Musical. He is currently the longest serving employee at Ogunquit Playhouse, beginning as a crew member in 1985 and serving as a Lighting Designer since 1987. In that time, he’s designed hundreds of shows and watched in amazement as the Playhouse evolved from its humble Summer Stock beginnings to a producing entity that presents classics, re-inventions of recent shows, and gives life to brand new productions. Rich thanks the many Electricians, Programmers, Associates and Follow Spot Operators who make the Playhouse great.

Kevin Heard (Sound Designer) Kevin is thrilled and grateful to be returning to Ogunquit Playhouse and live audiences! OP: Ragtime (IRNE Award Winner), Cabaret, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, An American in Paris, From Here to Eternity, Mamma Mia!, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anything Goes, White Christmas, Million Dollar Quartet. Broadway: All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House. Off-Broadway: #DateMe, Einstein’s Dreams, The Hello Girls, In & Of Itself, Midnight at The Never Get, safeword, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Along with dozens of Regional productions across the US, Kevin designed sound for the International Premieres of Fun Home (starring Lea Salonga), Kinky Boots, and Matilda in Manila, Philippines. Kevin is also an independent producer and general manager who works frequently with BenDeLaCreme Presents and recently produced his first feature film with The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special, now streaming on Hulu. heardaudio.com

The Ogunquit Playhouse, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization listed on the National Historic Register, is located on Route One in Ogunquit, Maine and produces the finest Broadway musicals each season with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May to November. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season.

Cheryl Dolan (Resident Scenic Charge) Cheryl has returned to the Playhouse for her 15th season. After taking over as Resident Scenic Charge 12 years ago, she has designed several sets for our Youth Theatre Program, as well as adding her artistic eye to many of the main stage productions. Since falling in love with the Playhouse, Cheryl, and her husband Geof (Technical Director) have made the Seacoast their home year-round. Cheryl considers the staff at OP her family and hopes her love and passion for theater is translated through these productions to all of you.

Binder Casting (Casting Director) Founded by Jay Binder nearly 40 years ago, has been a part of RWS Entertainment Group since 2016. The office has cast 150+ Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Touring productions, in addition to countless national and international projects spanning both stage and screen. Binder was featured prominently in the Broadway documentary, Every Little Step, and is a proud twelve-time recipient of the Artios Award for Excellence in Casting. The office infuses its work with both a deep respect for our roots and a commitment to growth. bindercasting.com

Video: Santa Clara University’s Sinatra Artist-in-Residence BD Wong: An Actor’s Journey, An Artist’s Vision 

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