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A New American Musical
Take Flight

Book by John Weidman, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Sam Buntrock


Lift your spirits with this stirring new musical that takes flying, creativity, and American invention to new heights. Take Flight melds fact and fiction to tell the interweaving stories of three pioneers of aeronautics: the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. As their dreams become reality, these aviators discover the real costs of their sky-high ambitions. With style and panache, this lush musical delves to the core of the American experience.
This incomparable creative team includes Academy Award-winning composer David Shire (Broadway: Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby, also film: All the President’s Men, Saturday Night Fever, Norma Rae), Tony Award Award-winning lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Miss Saigon, also film: Miss Potter), and Tony Award-winning librettist John Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Anything Goes). 

Major support for Take Flight provided by: Shen Family Foundation and Marty and Perry Granoff

Opening Night Sponsored by PNC Foundation


"Soaring moments in 'Take Flight' at McCarter"
By Toby Zinman 
The Inquirer  
"Take Flight: McCarter’s soaring new musical humanizes aviation pioneers"
By Peter Filichia
The Star-Ledger  5/17/2010
"Take Flight is the kind of intellectually challenging and thoroughly engrossing musical we don't see enough of these days. Here's hoping it continues to soar, perhaps on Broadway, sometime very soon"
Gwen Orel, Theater Mania 5/16/2010
(Click on photos to view Bios)
(From left to right)
Carey Rebecca Brown ; Jenn Colella ; Michael Cumpsty ; Bobby Daye; Claybourne Elder; Linda Gabler ; Marya Grandy ; Todd A. Horman; Stanton Nash ; Benjamin Schrader ; Price Waldman ; William Youmans ;
Music Director Kevin  Stites
musical staging Lisa  Shriver
Set & Costume Design David  Farley
Lighting Design Ken  Billington
Sound Design Ken  Travis
Orchestrations David  Shire
(Click on name to view Bio)
Location: Berlind
Seating Chart
Dates: Apr 30 - Jun 6, 2010
Run Time:
Time: Tue - Thur - 7:30pm
Fri - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun - 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Photo Gallery
Audience Guide
View Trailer
Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
5/29 Open Captioned Performance
4/15 Live at the Library
5/7Opening Night
5/9 Dialogue on Drama Performance
5/12 Post-Performance Discussions
5/13 Pride Night Party
5/14 After Hours Party
5/16 Post-Performance Discussions
5/26 Dinner & Theater Package
6/5 ASL Interpreted Performance
6/6 Audio Described Performance

Emily MannDear Patrons,

It is with great joy that we conclude McCarter’s 2009-2010 Theater season with the American premiere of Take Flight. This stirring new musical intertwines the stories of the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh, capturing the American soul and the uniquely human drive to overcome even the most insurmountable of obstacles.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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