Josh Lamon & Lesli Margherita in Emojiland

Lesli Margherita & Josh Lamon to star in Emojiland at Duke on 42nd Street

New musical Emojiland begins performances Off-Broadway on January 9, 2020.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Broadway favorites Lesli Margherita and Josh Lamon are set to once again star in new musical Emojiland, reprising their respective roles as Princess and Prince from the New York Musical Festival. The Off-Broadway limited engagement is scheduled to begin previews at The Duke on 42nd Street on January 9, 2020, ahead of an official opening on January 19, and will run through March 8, 2020.

Ms. Margherita commented: "I am thrilled to once again rule Emojiland. It's so rare to get to do a show that is so hysterically funny one minute and then completely thought provoking the next. From day one at NYMF I knew how special this show was and I can't wait for everyone to experience it. That's a royal decree from Princess, you b*tches!"

Mr. Lamon added: "It is so funny and surprisingly poignant. The music is just incredible and nothing brings me more joy than playing opposite my dear friend Lesli and being reunited with Tom Caruso."

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

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 creative team behind Emojiland features musical direction by Lena Gabrielle, scenic 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.

Lesli Margherita was last seen Off-Broadway in the solo show Who's Holiday! at the Westside Theatre and has starred on Broadway in Matilda The Musical and Dames at Sea. She is also a 2009 Olivier Award winner for her performance in the West End premiere of Zorro.

Josh Lamon was last seen on Broadway as Sheldon Saperstein in The Prom. His other Broadway credits include Groundhog DayFinding NeverlandElf, and Hair. His Off-Broadway credits include Second Stage Theater's Little Miss Sunshine and Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater.

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

(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

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