Obie Award-winning director LEAR DEBESSONET and lyricist/composer TODD ALMOND, the team behind the acclaimed Public Works' productions of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, along with choreographer LORIN LATARRO, join forces to create a breathtaking new musical adaptation, THE ODYSSEY featuring a cast of over 200 NEW YORKERS.
Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement—this final work in deBessonet and Almond’s grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works' signature blend of professional actors, community members and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home—no matter where fate may lead you.
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Featuring Todd Almond, Brandon Victor Dixon, Karen Olivo, and Lucas Caleb Rooney
THE ODYSSEY will feature cameo group performances by The Bobby Lewis Ensemble, The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II, The Marching Cobras, The New York Youth Symphony, and TADA! Youth Theater.
The five Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Children’s Aid Society (Manhattan), Domestic Workers United (all boroughs, including Staten Island), DreamYard Project (The Bronx), and Fortune Society (Queens).
*Donations are non-refundable. Please note, seating locations will be allocated based strictly on giving level and the order in which requests are received. For priority seating, please contact The Public Theater Partners Desk at 212.539.8734 or email@example.com. Pictured below: The cast of Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE. Photo by Joan Marcus.