Lesli Margherita returns to Emojiland at The Duke on 42nd Street

The Broadway favorite returns to the role of Princess in the new Off-Broadway musical.

Lesli Margherita in Emojiland

All hail, Lesli Margherita! The Olivier Award winner and stage favorite returns to the Off-Broadway company of new musical Emojiland tonight, following a planned leave of absence due to prior obligations. As previously reportedTaylor Iman Jones had stepped in to cover Margherita's role of Princess.

Ms. Margherita's previous stage credits include the Broadway productions of Matilda The Musical and Dames at Sea, the Off-Broadway world premiere of Who's Holiday! (for which she received Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations), and a 2009 Olivier Award-winning performance in Zorro in London's West End.

Emojiland began performances at The Duke on 42nd Street on January 9, 2020, ahead of an official opening on January 19, and is currently playing an extended run through March 19, 2020.

Synopsis: "Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji MovieEmojiland is an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?"

The cast of Emojiland currently includes Lesli Margherita (as Princess) and Josh Lamon (as Prince), alongside George Abud (as Nerd Face), Felicia Boswell (as Police Officer), Max Crumm (as Man In Business Suit Levitating), Dwelvan David (as Guardsman), Jacob Dickey (as Smiling Face with Sunglasses aka “Sunny”), Ann Harada (as Pile of Poo), Jordan Fife Hunt (as Man Dancing), Heather Makalani (as Kissy Face), Tanisha Moore (as Woman Dancing), Laura Schein (as Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes aka "Smize"), Tony Award nominee Lucas Steele (as Skull), and Natalie Weiss (as Construction Worker).

Emojiland features a book, music and lyrics by Keith Harrison & Laura Schein, with direction by Thomas Caruso and choreography by Kenny Ingram.

The creative team features musical direction by Lena Gabriellescenic design by David Goldstein, costume & make-up design by Vanessa Leuck, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, sound design by Ken Goodwin, and projection design by Lisa Renkel & Possible Productions.

Emojiland is produced Off-Broadway by Arborhouse Productions & Visceral Entertainment.

Emojiland Tickets are available now for performances through March 19, 2020.

(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)