New Broadway Musical Features Work of Stage Management Faculty

Lillian Mottern
November 16, 2023

The Heart of Rock and Roll, a new musical coming to Broadway in March, features the stage management expertise of two Columbia University faculty members.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Scribner serves as the show’s Production Stage Manager, and Sarah G. Harris, also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre who co-teaches with Scribner, is the production’s Stage Manager. 

The show features a book by Jonathan A. Abrams, story by Tyler Mithcell and Jonathan A. Abrams, music supervision by Brian Usifer, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and direction by Gordon Greenberg.

A “raucous rom-com wrapped in pure musical joy,” The Heart of Rock and Roll features the music of '80s and '90s pop rock band Huey Lewis and the News, perhaps best known for songs like “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Working for a Living.” The show follows washed-up musician Bobby, who, along with his band, is trying to make it in the Chicago music scene. After one too many rejections, Bobby decides to try to make it in corporate America, leaving his band behind.  

A stage manager, producer, and playwright, Scribner has worked for over twenty years stage managing plays and musicals on and off-Broadway. He was most recently the Production Stage Manager of the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of Parade, directed by Michael Arden.

Harris served as Stage Manager for Parade, as well as collaborating with Scribner on A Christmas Carol at the Nederlander Theatre. She has worked both on and off-Broadway at theaters including Second Stage, Shubert Theatre, and Circle in the Square. 

The Heart of Rock and Roll will open March 24 at the James Earl Jones Theatre. Tickets are on sale here.