Watch Now: Liam Pearce Performs “Building Momentum” From How to Dance in Ohio

How to Dance in Ohio is heading to Broadway this fall, beginning performances at the Belasco Theatre on November 15, 2023. Take a first listen to the song “Building Momentum” performed by Liam Pearce and look at the beginning of the new musical’s Broadway journey.

Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, the musical – which features book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik (she/her), music by Jacob Yandura (he/him), music direction by Lily Ling (she/her), choreography by Mayte Natalio (she/her), and direction by Sammi Cannold (she/her), all making their Broadway debuts – begins previews on November 15, 2023, and celebrates its Opening Night on December 10, 2023. Tickets are now on sale.

In the parts of the real-life autistic young adults featured in the HBO documentary, are a cast of seven autistic actors, reprising their performances from the world premiere engagement and all making their Broadway debuts: Desmond Edwards (he/they) as Remy, Amelia Fei [Yi-Hsuan Fei] (she/her) as Caroline, Madison Kopec (they/she) as Marideth, Liam Pearce (he/him) as Drew, Imani Russell (they/them) as Mel, Conor Tague (he/him) as Tommy, and Ashley Wool (she/her) as Jessica. Also featured in the cast are Broadway veterans Haven Burton (she/her; Shrek the Musical, Violet) as Terry, Darlesia Cearcy (she/her; Shuffle Along, Once On This Island) as Johanna, Carlos L Encinias (he/him; Les Miserables), Nick Gaswirth (he/him; …The Great Comet of 1812), Melina Kalomas (she/her; Young Frankenstein), and Martín Solá (he/him; On Your Feet!) Additional cast will be announced shortly.

Based on the award-winning HBO documentary, How to Dance in Ohio is a heartfelt new musical about the desire to connect and the courage it takes to put yourself out into the world. At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring formal dance—a challenge that breaks open their routines as they experience love, stress, excitement, and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing down hopes and fears, ready to take a momentous first step…and dance.

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