The Outsiders

Based on the Novel by S.E. Hinton and Francis Ford Coppola’s Motion Picture   
Book by Adam Rapp
Music and Lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine
Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Justin Levine
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Directed by Liesl Tommy

A WORLD PREMIERE: June 26 - August 9, 2020 in the 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.

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Press Releases

May 14, 2020: Goodman Theatre Postpones Remaining Productions in 2019/2020 Season

 February 3, 2020: Casting Announced for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and American Mariachi


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The Outsiders

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  • S.E. Hinton
    S.E. Hinton

    Susan Eloise Hinton (Author) was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her early love of reading led to her early love of writing; she began in grade school. She is known for The Outsiders (1967), Rumble Fish (1975) Tex (1979), and Some of Tim's Stories (2007). She has been married to David E. Inhofe since September 26, 1970. They have one child.

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  • Francis Ford Coppola, Film Director
    Francis Ford Coppola, Film Director

    Francis Ford Coppola (Film Director) is a six-time Academy Award-winning director, born in Detroit in 1939 and grew up in Queens. When paralyzed by polio at nine years old, he found solace in television and a toy 16mm movie projector. Having developed an interest in film and storytelling during this time, he was soon writing short stories and plays and went on to study theater and film at Hofstra College and UCLA. In 1970, Coppola won his first Oscar for best original screenplay for Patton. That decade he would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, American Graffiti, The Conversation and Apocalypse. Now, resulting in two Cannes Palme d’Or Awards, twelve Academy Award nominations, and five Academy Awards, making the period arguably the most successful decade any filmmaker has ever had. In addition to his prolific film career, Coppola has been producing wine for over 35years at his Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wineries, as well as his newly acquired Oregon winery, has luxury resorts in Central America, Argentina,  and Italy and runs an award-winning short story magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story.

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  • Adam Rapp, Book
    Adam Rapp, Book

    Adam Rapp (Book) is an award-winning playwright/director, novelist, and filmmaker.
    He is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Almeida, London, The Traverse, Edinburgh), Faster(Rattlestick), Animals & Plants (A.R.T.)Finer Noble Gases (26th Humana Festival, Rattlestick, Edinburgh Fringe, The Bush, London), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T., Edge Theatre, NYC), Blackbird (The Bush, London; Edge Theatre), Gompers, (Pittsburgh City Theatre, The Arcola, London), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons/Edge Theatre), American Sligo (Rattlestick), Bingo With The Indians (The Flea Theatre), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (The Vineyard), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), The Edge Of Our Bodies (36th Humana Festival, The Gate, London), Dreams Of Flying Dreams Of Falling (The Atlantic), Wolf In The River(The Flea Theatre), The Purple Lights Of Joppa Illinois (Southcoast Rep, The Atlantic), and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf Theatre Company Scott Rudin Productions at Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work, an OBIE and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent play, The Sound Inside, received its world premiere at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival and was named on of The New York Times best plays of 2018.

     In addition to helming his own work, he directed the world premiere of Karen O’s psycho opera, Stop The Virgens, for The Creators Project at St. Ann’s Warehouse, which was then selected for The Vivid Live Festival, where it sold out the Sydney Opera House for six performances. He also directed Sam Shepard’s True West at Actors Theatre of Louisville, which went on to be named one of the 2012 Best Moments in Culture by Louisville’s N.P.R. Affiliate, WFPL. His production of Finer Noble Gases garnered a Fringe First Award at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he received The List’s Best Newcomer Prize.

    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. He is the author of eleven novels, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and for which he received the Schneider Family Book Award from the American Library Association, Punkzilla, which was named a 2006 Printz Honor Book, and 33 Snowfish, which Booklist named as one of the 50 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time. His most recent novel, Know Your Beholder, was published by Little Brown (2015). Fum was published by Candlewick Press (2018). He also wrote the graphic novels, Ball-Peen Hammer (2009), and Decelerate Blue (2016), for First Second Books.

    As a filmmaker he wrote and directed Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, and Will Ferrell, which was produced by Focus Features and was an Official Selection of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. His second feature, Blackbird, which he adapted from his play, stars Paul Sparks, Gillian Jacobs, and Michael Shannon. Blackbirdpremiered at the 2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival, received the Best Narrative Feature at the Charlotte Film Festival, as well as a Special Achievement in Directing award from the Florida International Film Festival. His third feature, Loitering With Intent, written by Michael Godere and Ivan Martin, stars Sam Rockwell, Marissa Tomei, Brian Geraghty, Godere, and Martin. Loitering With Intent was an Official Selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by The Orchard.

    For television, he has written and produced for The L Word (Showtime), In Treatment(HBO), Flesh & Bone (Starz), and Vinyl (HBO). He most recently served as an Executive Producer for The Looming Tower (Hulu).

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  • Jamestown Revival, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance
    Jamestown Revival, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance

    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.

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  • Justin Levine
    Justin Levine

    Justin Levine is a New York based composer, arranger, music supervisor and performer. Recent projects include Moulin Rouge! (music supervisor, arranger, orchestrator, Emerson Colonial Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama Desk nomination, original music, Delacorte Theater), VEVO X LORDE: Melodrama (vocal arranger/supervisor for Lorde video project, Electric Lady Studios), Contemporary Color (music supervisor, conceived and directed by David Byrne, Barclay’s Center/Air Canada Center), Bonfire Night (book, music and lyrics, NAMT), The Weight of Smoke (original music with Matt Stine for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, choreographed by Doug Elkins at Lincoln Center), Robber Bridegroom (music director, co-orchestrator, Roundabout Theater), Here Lies Love (music director, Public Theater, London’s National Theater, Seattle Rep, MassMoca), Love’s Labour’s Lost (music director, co-orchestrator, cast, original musical adaptation by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, Delacorte Theater), Murder Ballad (music director, orchestrator, Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (music director, co-orchestrator, cast at Public Theater and Broadway), Pepper and Sam: Death By Vaudeville (co-conceived with Salty Brine, Ars Nova). Composer commissions from Williamstown Theater Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, Ars Nova, The Old Globe and Naked Angels.

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  • Lorin Latarro, Choreographer
    Lorin Latarro, Choreographer

    Lorin Latarro (Choreographer) 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), 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. Latarro is a Bucks County Artistic Associate and Juilliard graduate.

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  • Liesl Tommy, Director
    Liesl Tommy, Director

    Liesl Tommy (Director) 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-nominated for Best Direction of a Play; The Good NegroThe Urban Retreat, Informed 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 SunMa 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 with Jennifer Hudson starring. Tommy will also direct Born a Crime for Paramount Players, based on Trevor Noah's best-selling memoir.

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