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Water for Elephants Cast & Creative

The new musical based on Sara Gruen's best-selling novel of the same name arrives on Broadway.

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Grant Gustin will play his final performance as Jacob on September 1, 2024.

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About Water for Elephants

“Many wonders await audiences at the Imperial Theatre.” - The New York Times

The critically acclaimed bestselling novel comes to “thrilling, dazzling” life (Time Out New York) in a unique, spectacle-filled new musical with "one of the more remarkable ensembles ever seen on Broadway” (New York Daily News)! Hailed as a Critic’s Pick, The New York Times calls it “stunning, emotional and gorgeously imaginative.”

After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus, and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age.

Tony Award-nominated director Jessica Stone’s “huge, heart-filling" production (The New York Times) features a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel, and a soaring score by the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co.

So, step right up to the “spellbinding entertainment” (Variety) at Water for Elephants, “the best new musical on Broadway” (Theatermania).


Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics
PigPen Theatre Co.
Based on the novel by
Sara Gruen
Jessica Stone
Circus Designer
Shana Carroll
Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll
Set Designer
Takeshi Kata
Costume Designer
David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Designer
Bradley King
Sound Designer
Walter Trarbach
Projection Designer
David Bengali
Puppetry Designer
Camille Labarre
Hair & Makeup Designer
Campbell Young Associates
Props and Puppetry Designer
Ray Wetmore and JR Goodman
Music Supervision and Arrangements
Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Benedict Braxton-Smith
Daryl Waters
Music Director
Elizabeth Doran
Fight Director
Cha Ramos
Production Stage Manger & Production Supervisor
Timothy R. Semon
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