Natascia Diaz Will Join Robbie Schaefer in Signature’s New Musical Light Years

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Eric Schaeffer will direct the world premiere.
Natascia Diaz
Natascia Diaz

Directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway’s Follies, Gigi, Million Dollar Quartet), the world premiere of the new musical Light Years will run February 6–March 4 in Signature’s MAX Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

The new musical features a score and a book by Robbie Schaefer of the band Eddie From Ohio.

Eric Schaeffer
Eric Schaeffer

In Light Years, according to the Signature, “Robbie journeys from his childhood in India to the joys and struggles of growing up, pursuing his passion and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father—and his father’s haunted past.”

“I’m thrilled to be directing this world premiere with a terrific cast. Signature Theatre has been developing Light Years over the past two years and it’s exciting that it will now have its world premiere on our stage,” said director Schaeffer in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of Robbie Schaefer’s music over the years from his band Eddie from Ohio. For Light Years, he’s written an original, heartfelt musical for our times about a father and son and the space between them. His special theatrical voice promises to bring a unique experience to our audiences in this groundbreaking new work. Sometimes it’s great to break the mold - and with this new show, Signature and Robbie are definitely doing that.”

Schaefer will head the cast, with Bobby Smith (Signature’s Crazy for You, A Little Night Music), Natascia Diaz (Signature’s Crazy for You, Jesus Christ Superstar), Luke Smith (Broadway’s Significant Other, Peter and the Starcatcher national tour), John Sygar (1st Stage’s Floyd Collins), and Kara-Tameika Watkins (Signature’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Jelly’s Last Jam).


“Developing Light Years with Eric Schaeffer and Signature Theatre has been such an enlivening and deeply gratifying experience,” added creator-star Schaefer. “Their trust in my artistry and vision has emboldened me and allowed Light Years to bloom into something I barely imagined when I began writing it over two years ago. All art worth creating requires an unwavering commitment to risk and vulnerability. Thank goodness there are people like Eric and theatres like Signature who are still unabashedly devoted to such things.”

The production will also have musical direction by David Holcenberg, choreography by Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, scenic design by Eric Schaeffer, lighting design by Chris Lee, costume design by Kathleen Geldard, sound design by Ryan Hickey, and video design by Mark Costello. The production stage manager is Kerry Epstein, the assistant stage manager is Bekah Wachenfeld, and the production assistant is Joey Blakely.

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