Sufjan Stevens’ Musical ‘Illinoise’ Will Open on Broadway in April

'Illinoise' - Credit: Liz Lauren*
'Illinoise' - Credit: Liz Lauren*

Broadway audiences will be making noise for Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoise when the play arrives for its limited engagement beginning in April. The musical — based on Stevens’ 2005 concept album Illinois — will run for 16 weeks under director and choreographer Justin Peck, who crafted its story with Jackie Sibblies Drury.

Illinoise will make itself at home at the St. James Theatre. Its opening performance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. with closing night set for Saturday, Aug. 10. Previously, the musical hosted productions at the Park Avenue Armory and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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“This project has been ruminating in my mind for nearly 20 years, which makes this moment even more sublime,” Peck shared in a statement. “We feel lucky that we get to continue sharing this unique show with future audiences on Broadway… On behalf of my team, we welcome this rare opportunity with full hearts.”

Peck described the musical as “a coming-of-age story that takes the audience on a journey through the American heartland — from campfire storytelling to the edges of the cosmos — all told in through a unique blend of music, dance, and theater.”

Drury added: “Supporting the craft of each of the artists involved in making up this show has been a joy and an inspiration. For me, the thing that makes Illinoise so special is how it allows incredible performers to come together with an audience and welcome emotion and connection with open arms. It is rare to have an experience, in a public space, that is moving on an elemental level.”

Illinoise features new arrangements of Illinois — helmed by Stevens’ frequent collaborator Timo Andres — performed by an 11-piece band and three vocalists, who will be announced at a later date.

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