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Dr. Phillips Center Hosts New Musical ‘Brooklyn’s Bridge’ in Benefit Concert Featuring New York Creators and Orlando Talent

- Arts center continues investment in developing new productions that aspire to tour the country. -

ORLANDO, FLA. (Jan.17, 2024) – The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is doubling down on its investment in supporting new work on its aspirational journey to Broadway.

‘Brooklyn’s Bridge,’ a new musical, inspired by the remarkable story of Emily Roebling and the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was recently featured in HBO’s The Gilded Age -- is the second production the arts center is supporting through early development phases and creative discovery.

“As part of our mission, we are providing space where new shows can be tested and unveiled, where innovation can unfold and collaboration can truly drive creative success,” Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center said. “Our commitment to supporting new productions will continue to expand our vision for Arts for Every Life and provide more opportunities for our local and national artistic communities.” Brooklyn’s Bridge creative leaders, New York based director Ray Roderick (Book & Lyrics) and Joseph Baker (Music) will be leading the two-week process at the Dr. Phillips Center beginning Monday, January 15, 2024. A cast of local Orlando singers and actors will bring the story of this new musical to life.

“We are grateful for the support for Brooklyn’s Bridge from the Dr. Phillips Center, as this show is near and dear to my heart,” Roderick said. “For over 15 years, I’ve been infatuated with the mind behind the Brooklyn Bridge and as we delved deeper into Emily’s life and the bridge's history, the idea of conveying this narrative as a musical, a medium capable of simultaneously delivering grandeur and intimacy, resonated deeply.”

Brooklyn’s Bridge is a musical that has six principal cast members and an ensemble of six to eight individuals. With 21 original songs, the narrative of building the Brooklyn Bridge comes to life on stage. The story is told through the eyes of political cartoonist Thomas Nast between the years of 1869-1883.

The Florida Division of Arts and Culture and Lieutenant General Mark Hertling and Sue Hertling supported this initiative.

Readings for Brooklyn’s Bridge will be January 26 and 27, 2024. The full cast is below:

Emily Roebling

Washington Roebling

Frank Farrington

William C. Kingsley

“Boss” Tweed/Seth Low

Thomas Nast

Kristen Sheola

Adam Paul

Brian Love

Grant Norman

John Cavazos

Janine Papin

Workers, Trustees, Reporters, Glee Club, Soldiers, “Tweeds”, Engineers, etc.
Alex Albrecht (Foreman), Laurel Hatfield (Messenger), Alex Livings (Meyers), Dragomir Page (Engineer Director), Shonda Thurman (Best Man), Stephen White (O’Malley)


About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in downtown Orlando supported by the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors and sponsors. The 698,312-square-foot venue includes performance spaces like the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the Steinmetz Hall and, opening in 2024, Judson's Live; and event spaces like the DeVos Family Room, the Rooftop Terrace and the Seneff Arts Plaza. In addition, the arts center's AdventHealth School of the Arts offers performing arts education year-round. For more information, visit drphillipscenter.org. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and X.