Nerds Summary

  • Nerds is 170 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Show Closed: April 21, 2016

Nerds is one of the list of rare Broadway shows that was all set to open and never did due to financial difficulty.

Nerds: A Musical Dot-Comedy is a new show about the lives of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. These two individuals had very different, yet in some ways similar, journeys from “nerds” inventing computer hardware in their garages to billionaires. Upon the professional premiere at Philadelphia Theatre Company, reviewers called the show “a comic gem,” a “generation-defying show,” and “visually hot and musically adept.”

Nerds on Broadway Background

Nerds had its world premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), and then played at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2007, where it earned the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding New Play.

The book and lyrics for Nerds are written by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (who also collaborated on Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken”), and the music is by Hal Goldberg (Off-Broadway’s The Children). The show is directed by Casey Hushion (associate resident director of Aladdin) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Gigi, On the Town); this same creative team has been with the show since its inception. Nerds played in 2013 at North Carolina Theatre, and returned to Philadelphia Theatre Company for a return engagement in November to December 2013. Now for the first time, this show is on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre with previews beginning April 1, 2016, and an official opening night on April 21, 2016. With a fresh creative team and highly relevant subject matter, Nerds is sure to be a comedic musical treat.

What’s Nerds Like?

In addition to telling the life stories and rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, other supporting characters from the annals of tech history who appear in the musical include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. To this day, Bill Gates is the richest person in the world, with a net worth estimated to be $79.2 billion. Though Steve Jobs never became quite as rich in his lifetime, his company Apple has gone on to revolutionize not only the computer industry, but also the way in which we communicate on a day to day basis for people around the world.

Is Nerds Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for those over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Longacre Theatre

220 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,095
Entrance: 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

Longacre Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Steve Jobs
Bryan Fenkart
Bill Gates
Rory O'Malley

Producers

Carl Levin

Vicki Halmos

Elizabeth Williams

Clear Channel Entertainment

Greenleaf Productions

Production Credits

Direction
Casey Hushion
Costume Design
Jennifer Caprio
Set Design
Lee Savage
Musical Direction
Matt Doebler
Projections
Daniel Brodie
Choreography
Joshua Bergasse
Sound Design
Nevin Steinberg
Musical Supervision
Nadia Di Giallonardo
Lyrics + Book
Jordan Allen-Dutton + Erik Weiner
Music
Hal Goldberg
Production Stage Manager
Ira Mont

Creative Team

General Manager
Maggie Brohn at Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Casting Director
Bethany Knox at Telsey + Company
Associate General Manager
Danielle Starks at Bespoke Theatricals
Marketing
The Pekoe Group
Advertising Representative
SPOTCo
Press Agent
Vivacity Media Group