Read our four-star review of the new Broadway musical comedy Shucked, which features a book by Tony Award winner Robert Horn and plays the Nederlander Theatre.
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Perk up your ears and get to the new musical Shucked, which earned nine Tony Award nominations and stars 2023 Featured Actor winner Alex Newell. Get Shucked tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.
The creative team behind Shucked are the cream of the crop. Songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally are behind tunes by Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, and more, and now make their Broadway debuts. Bookwriter Robert Horn won a 2019 Tony Award for writing the book for the Tootsie musical, and director Jack O'Brien is a five-time Tony Award winner for directing Hairspray, Henry VI, and all three parts of The Coast of Utopia. His other musical credits include Catch Me If You Can, The Full Monty, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
O'Brien, Clark, McAnally, and Horn first came together to create Moonshine, a country musical based on the world of the comedy variety show Hee Haw. Moonshine's 2015 world premiere in Dallas flopped, however, so the team separated from the Hee Haw brand and completely rewrote the story. This new, entirely original iteration has become Shucked on Broadway.
What is the Shucked musical about?
The Shucked musical takes place in Cob County, a town surrounded by a thick wall of corn. It sustain's the town's livelihood and (literally) keeps everyone together — until the crop begins to die. So the farmgirl Maizy ventures out to the big city of Tampa and comes back with a "corn doctor" to help save the town. But he might have a husk around his true identity.
Shucked premiered in 2022 at Salt Lake City, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company. Most of the Utah cast transferred to Broadway with the show, including Caroline Innerbichler, John Behlmann, Andrew Durand, and Alex Newell.
Who is Alex Newell?
Alex Newell is an actor and singer known for starring on Glee as Unique Adams and on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist as Mo. Newell previously starred on Broadway as Asaka in Once on This Island, and in Shucked, they play Lulu, Maizy's worldly cousin.
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Cast and creative
By: Robert Horn
Songs by: Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark
Director: Jack O’Brien
Choreographer: Sarah O'Gleby
Cast list: Isabelle McCalla (as Maizy), John Behlmann (as Gordy), Kevin Cahoon (as Peanut), Andrew Durand (as Beau), Alex Newell (as Lulu), Ashley D. Kelley (as Storyteller 1), Grey Henson (as Storyteller 2)
Design: Scott Pask
Costumes: Tilly Grimes
Lighting: Japhy Weideman
Sound: John Shivers
Other info: Hair and wig design by Mia Neal; music supervision, music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Jason Howland
Latest Shucked on Broadway News & Features
The nine-time Tony Award-nominated musical comedy, which features a multi-award-winning creative team, has played the Nederlander Theatre since March.
McCalla, known for starring roles in The Prom and Hercules, will replace original leading actress, Caroline Innerbichler, as Maizy beginning in September.
This interview is part of New York Theatre Guide's Road to the Tonys series on artists whose unique or long journeys with their show culminated in a nomination.
The country score for this corny comedy is by Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, the songwriters behind Grammy-winning music for Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, and more.
Country, bluegrass, and folk, sounds have made it to Broadway on many occasions, with acclaimed country artists from Charlie Daniels to Dolly Parton behind them.
Learn more about the corny new musical cropping up in New York this spring.
The musical will play the Nederlander Theatre.