Darren Criss & Helen J Shen to lead Broadway premiere of new musical ‘MAYBE HAPPY ENDING’

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Darren Criss (American Buffalo, Little Shop of Horrors, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) will return to the stage alongside Helen J Shen (The Lonely Few, Teeth) in the Broadway premiere of the new romantic musical comedy, MAYBE HAPPY ENDING, which will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on Wednesday 18 September 2024.

With music by Will Aronson, lyrics by Hue Park and book by both Aronson and Park, MAYBE HAPPY ENDING will be directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Arden (Parade, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Once on this Island) and also feature Dez Duron (NBC’s “The Voice”) who makes his Broadway debut along with Shen.

Final casting as well as ticketing and on-sale information will be announced at a later date.

Inside a one-room apartment in the heart of Seoul, Oliver (Criss) lives a happily quiet life listening to jazz records and caring for his favorite plant. But what else is there to do when you’re a HelperBot 3, a robot that has long been retired and considered obsolete? When his fellow HelperBot neighbor Claire (Shen) asks to borrow his charger, what starts as an awkward encounter leads to a unique friendship, a surprising adventure, and maybe even…love?

Winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, MAYBE HAPPY ENDING is the offbeat and captivating story of two outcasts near the end of their warranty who discover that even robots can be swept off their feet.

Having led the visual development of the piece since 2018, Tony Award-nominee Dane Laffrey (A Christmas Carol, Once on This Island) will design the Set and Additional Video, while Costume Design is by Tony Award-winner Clint Ramos (KPOP, Eclipsed), Lighting Design is by Tony Award-nominee Ben Stanton (A Christmas Carol, Fun Home), Sound Design is by Tony Award-winner Peter Hylenski (Moulin Rouge!: The Musical, Beetlejuice), Video Design by George Reeve (Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, UK), Deborah Abramson (The Gardens of Anuncia) is the Music Supervisor and John Yun will be the Music Director. Casting is by Telsey & Co, Craig Burns, CSA and Justin Scribner is the Production Stage Manager.

MAYBE HAPPY ENDING is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Hunter Arnold, Darren Criss, making his Broadway producing debut, Rebecca Gold, Spencer Ross, Adam Zotovich, Kayla Greenspan, M/B/P Productions, Fahs Productions, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel, Willette and Manny Klausner, Cody Lassen, Mix and Match Productions, The Nederlander Organization, Jacob Stuckelman & John Albert Harris. Allan Williams serves as Executive Producer.

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