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BOOK BY DANNY STRONG
SONGS BY MICHAEL WEINER & ZOE SARNAK
CHOREOGRAPHED BY DAVID NEUMANN
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MAYER
WORLD PREMIERE
RODA THEATRE

MAY 5–JUN 23, 2024
EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!

 

Spellbinding…a ceaselessly high-octane rock music score exploited mightily by the wicked talents of director Michael Mayer.

KQED

Raúl Esparza is brilliant…he sets the stage ablaze.

San Jose Mercury News

Raucous, sumptuous, and moving.

SFist

Exceptionally acted…a gorgeous production.

Berkeleyside

Visually stunning, intellectually stimulating.

BroadwayWorld

If you skip this production of Galileo, you will miss something compelling, powerful, even magical.

Talkin’ Broadway

 

Four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza stars in a dazzling world-premiere musical helmed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot, Swept Away), written by two-time Emmy winner Danny Strong (Dopesick, Empire, The Butler). When maverick scientist Galileo Galilei makes celestial observations that challenge humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe, he’s summoned to Rome to defend his discoveries before the most powerful religious institution in the world, which is facing a rebellion of its own. With an original rock score and lyrics by Michael Weiner (Broadway’s First Date) and Zoe Sarnak (The Lonely Few, Empire Records), Galileo is an explosive collision of science and faith, truth and power. Galileo will likely join the constellation of world premieres that traveled from Berkeley Rep to Broadway — be the first to see it here!

 

Production information

Runtime: Approximately two hours and 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

Stage effects advisory: None

Content advisory: Loud noises and sound effects throughout

 

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Creative team

Rachel Hauck | Scenic Design

Anita Yavich | Costume Design

Kevin Adams | Lighting Design

John Shivers | Sound Design

Jason H. Thompson, Kaitlyn Pietras | Projection Design

Tom Watson | Hair, Wig, Make-Up Design

Jim Carnahan, CSA; Jason Thinger, CSA | Casting

Brian Usifer | Music Supervision and Orchestrations

Roberto Sinha | Music Director

Ben Villegas Randle | Associate Director

T. Oliver Reid | Associate Choreographer

Jonathan Bauerfeld | Associate Music Director and Score Associate

Sean Kana | Contractor

Rick Steiger* | Production Stage Manager

Amy Marsico* | Stage Manager

Karen Evanouskas* | Assistant Stage Manager

 

Cast
(in alphabetical order)

Bradley Dean* | Bishop Grasso; U/S Galileo Galilei

Gabrielle Elisabeth* | Ensemble; U/S Virginia Galilei & Young Nun

Raúl Esparza* | Galileo Galilei

Adam Halpin* | Ensemble (Bruno Giordano & Vice Commander Caspari); U/S Bishop Maffeo Barberini

Michal Kolaczkowski* | Swing; Dance Captain; U/S Bruno Giordano & Vice Commander Caspari

Jeremy Kushnier* | Bishop Maffeo Barberini

Claire Kwon* | Swing; U/S Young Nun

Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert* | Ensemble; U/S Virginia Galilei & Mother Superior

Christian Magby* | Alessandro Tarantola

Michael J. Mainwaring* | Ensemble; U/S Paolo Tarantola

Madalynn Mathews* | Virginia Galilei

Alexander Mendoza* | Ensemble; U/S Alessandro Tarantola & Bishop Grasso

Javier Muñoz* | Cardinal Morosini

Brian Ray Norris* | Ensemble; U/S Galileo Galilei & Paolo Tarantola

Chase Peacock* | Ensemble; U/S Bishop Maffeo Barberini

Noah Plomgren* | Swing; U/S Cardinal Morosini, Bruno Giordano & Vice Commander Caspari

David Rowen* | Swing

DeMone Seraphin* | Ensemble (Paolo Tarantola); U/S Bishop Grasso & Cardinal Morosini

Madeleine Spacapan* | Ensemble; U/S Mother Superior

Erica Sweany* | Ensemble (Mother Superior)

Zalah Brenae Vallien* | Ensemble (Young Nun)

Adrian Villegas* | Ensemble; U/S Alessandro Tarantola

 

Band

Roberto Sinha | Keys / Music Director

Jonathan Bauerfeld | Keys / Associate Music Director

Stephen Danska | Guitar

Daniel Fabricant | Bass

Yuri Kye | Violin

Dave MacNab | Guitar

Joshua Mikus-Mahoney | Cello

Chris Sutherland | Drums

* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States

Closed captioning Closed captioning

Closed captioning on your smartphone is available for the following performances: May 22, Jun 12, and every matinee through Jun 16. See all closed captioning performances. Learn more about our accessibility programs.

 

Events and extras

Postshow discussions
Join us after the show on May 30 or Jun 4 for a postshow discussion, expertly guided by members of Berkeley Rep’s artistic team.

Pride Night
Join us on Jun 7 in the Narsai M. David Courtyard for Cosmic Odyssey: A Pride Celebration. Hosted by Sir Joq, this special preshow will feature performances by Polly Amber Ross and Jota Mercury, and DJed by David Navarro! Light bites provided by Heroic Italian and wine provided by Perfusion Vineyard. Doors open at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Docent-led postshow discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees for a thought-provoking postshow discussion led by our knowledgeable docents.

 

Health and safety

Masks are required for audiences in our theatre on all Sundays (matinees and evenings) and Tuesdays (masks not required for Galileo Jun 18–23). Masks are encouraged but optional for performances from Wednesday through Saturday. Visit our health and safety page for updates on our requirements for audience members.

See and hear

What are critics saying about Galileo?

Galileo | The sitzprobe

Sneak peek at “Heaven’s Changing” from Galileo

Raúl Esparza (Galileo Galilei) and the cast of Galileo: A Rock Musical, making its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Christian Magby (Alessandro Tarantola) and Madalynn Mathews (Virginia Galilei) in the world premiere of Galileo: A Rock Musical, performing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Jeremy Kushnier (Bishop Maffeo Barberini) and Raúl Esparza (Galileo Galilei) in the world premiere of Galileo: A Rock Musical, performing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Season sponsors

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Sponsored in part by

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Mechanics Bank Wealth Management

Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Madalynn Mathews (Virginia Galilei) and Raúl Esparza (Galileo Galilei) in the world premiere of Galileo: A Rock Musical

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