A Sign of the Times, a new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield and other classic pop hits of the 1960s will have its New York City premiere Off Broadway at New World Stages this winter, with previews starting February 7, 2024, in advance of an opening night on Thursday, February 22.
A York Theatre Company production, A Sign of the Times features a book by Lindsey Hope Pearlman based on an original story by Richard J. Robin. Directing is Gabriel Barre, with music direction and orchestrations by Joseph Church and choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.
Casting will be announced in coming weeks.
The musical, featuring such ’60s pop classics as “Downtown,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Rescue Me,” “I Know A Place” and dozens more, had its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals’ Norma Terris Theatre in 2016 and played a sold out run at the Delaware Theatre Company in 2018. A developmental reading with script revisions and Pearlman’s new book was held in New York last year.
The official synopsis: Summer, 1965. With the country in transition – as the war in Vietnam rages on and struggles for civil rights and women’s liberation command headlines – one aspirational young woman finds herself in New York City, and ready to dive into this brave new world. In A Sign of the Times, journey back to America’s most unforgettable decade as a young photographer tries to make her way amid the changing times that defined an era.
The creative team features set design by Evan Adamson, costume design by Johanna Pan, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Shannon Slaton and projection design by Brad Peterson.