Kyle Beltran and Adam Chanler-Berat will star in the Public Theater's The Fortress of Solitude as Mingus and Dylan, respectively. The new musical, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, will run off-Broadway at the Public's Newman Theater from September 30 through November 2. Opening night is set for October 22. Daniel Aukin directs.
Beltran appeared on Broadway and on tour in In the Heights; his off-Broadway credits include Choir Boy, The Netflix Plays and 10 Things to Do Before I Die. Chanler-Berat Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher and Next to Normal, both of which he appeared in off-Broadway as well, in addition to Rent and Fly by Night. Both Beltran and Chanler-Berat appeared in The Fortress of Solitude at the Dallas Theater Center.
Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude is a coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond. It tells the story of two teenagers obsessed with superheroes who believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.
Joining Beltran and Chanler-Berat are Ken Barnett as Abraham Edbus, André de Shields as Senior, Carla Duren as Marilla, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Lala and Abby, Jahi Kearse as Raf, Henry, Desmond and Jared, Kevin Mambo as Junior, David Rossmer as Arthur, Conor Ryan as Radio Guy, Mike and Gabe, Kristen Sieh as Rachel Edbus, Brian Tyree Henry as Robert and Alison Whitehurst as Skater Girl and Liza. Additional cast members include Malaiyka Reid, Noah Ricketts, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams.
The production will feature scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and projection design by Jeff Sugg.