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‘Water for Elephants’ will march into the Imperial Theatre in spring 2024

The new musical announces Broadway dates, venue and creative team — plus director Jessica Stone and book writer Rick Elice offer what to expect.

The company of “Water for Elephants” at the Alliance Theatre, June 2023 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

“Water for Elephants” is headed to Broadway. The new musical based on the bestselling novel by Sara Gruen will begin performances on Feb. 24, 2024, ahead of an official opening on March 21 at the Imperial Theatre. The show is being produced by Peter Schneider, Jennifer Costello, Grove Entertainment, Frank Marshall, Isaac Robert Hurwitz and Seth A. Goldstein.

Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone will direct the musical, which features a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice and a score by PigPen Theatre Co. The show debuted in June 2023 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

Set in 1931, “Water for Elephants” begins when Jacob Jankowski, a young man running toward a new life, hops aboard a train. It just so happens this “random train actually houses an entire traveling circus,” said Elice. Jacob manages to officially join the “Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth” and finds himself a new home. But when the ringmaster brings on an elephant as the new star attraction, Jacob must train her alongside the ringmaster’s wife, Marlena. Sparks fly and Jacob’s future becomes uncertain once more.

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