“Hello Again,” the 1994 Michael John LaChiusa musical that hits screens next week in a new film adaptation, is expanding its reach to more than 230 cinemas for the movie’s special-event screenings targeted to musical theater fans around the country.
Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, Cheyenne Jackson, T.R. Knight, Jenna Ushkowitz and Rumer Willis are among the familiar names in the cast, appearing in linked vignettes that follow a series of trysts across different eras in New York history. LaChiusa’s original stage musical, an adaptation of “La Ronde” that premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, provides the music and lyrics for the film, which is directed by Tom Gustafson from a screenplay by Cory Kreuckeberg.
During filming, the actors sang everything live on the set. The behind-the-scenes video below, provided exclusively to Variety, details the complicated combination of pre-recording sessions, on-set singing and post-production addition of the full orchestrations.
Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon also appear in the film produced by Speak Productions (also behind the movie musical “Were the World Mine”) in association with Kaos Connect. Screenvision Media distributes the movie, which starts its theatrical run Nov. 8.
The original LCT production of “Hello Again” starred Donna Murphy, Michael Park, John Cameron Mitchell, Carolee Carmello and Malcolm Gets, among others. The Transport Group produced an Off Broadway revival of the show in 2011.