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Dance musical ‘Illinoise’ will transfer to Broadway

In an exclusive interview, “Illinoise” creator-director-choreographer Justin Peck and co-story author Jackie Sibblies Drury on what to expect from the show inspired by Sufjan Stevens’ album “Illinois.”

The company of the Off-Broadway production of “Illinoise,” 2024 (Credit: Liz Lauren)

“Illinoise” is Broadway-bound. The new musical, which will complete its Off-Broadway run at Park Avenue Armory on March 26, will open in a 2 p.m. matinée performance on April 24 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. There will be no previews. The production will play a limited run through Aug. 10.

Tony Award winner Justin Peck directs and choreographs the dance-theater work that is adapted from Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 indie-pop concept album “Illinois.” The production’s story is a collaboration between Peck and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. The narrative of “Illinoise” follows a group of storytellers sharing tales around a campfire; individuals come forward to communicate their stories through dance with no spoken dialogue.

“My whole background comes from an intrigue and love of theater, particularly musical theater,” Peck told Broadway News.

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