Michael Mayer Moves From ‘Hedwig’ to Superheroes at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater

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A new superhero musical directed and co-written by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” helmer now directing Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and a new play by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins are on the 2014-15 slate at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater.

“Brooklynite,” with songs by Peter Lerman and book by Lerman and Mayer (who also helms), takes its inspiration from the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., the deadpan front for 826NYC, an education nonprofit based in the “secret lair” in the back of the Superhero Supply store in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Incorporating characters created by novelists Michael Chabon (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”) and Ayelet Waldman, the musical centers on the brave and bold team-up of Astrolass, a Brooklyn superhero desperate to retire, and a hardware store clerk who dreams of a heroic life in spandex.

Steven Hoggett (“Once,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “Rocky”) choreographs the show, having collaborated with Mayer previously on 2010 tuner “American Idiot.” No cast has been set, although a developmental incarnation at Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater starred Matt Doyle.

Also on the docket at the Vineyard, the Off Broadway nonprofit that has yielded Broadway fare including “Avenue Q,” is the latest by Jacobs-Jenkins, the awards-magnet scribe whose play “Appropriate” is now running at Gotham’s Signature Theater. Evan Cabnet directs the production, about a group of Manhattan editorial assistants whose lives are upended by an unexpected event.

“Brooklynite” is sketched in for winter 2015, with “Gloria” on tap for spring 2015. Exact timelines for the two productions have yet to be set, with one more mainstage production still to be announced.