The Avett Brothers are bringing their signature blend of folk and rock to the theatrical stage in the new musical Swept Away. The band’s vast body of music will be featured in the musical, which was largely inspred by their 2004 Mignonette album, and will also incorporate other songs from their catalog.
“This new and original story built with our songs has revealed meanings and connections which Scott and I never could have imagined otherwise,” Seth Avett said in a statement. “Beyond the unique joy and somewhat surreal experience of watching the project develop, it has been an honor to work with everyone involved; writer John Logan has led the way with talent, motivation and inspiration.”
The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major-label debut, I and Love and You, which earned a No. 16 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Most recently, the American folk-rock band’s 2016 album True Sadness earned the brothers’ their highest career debut to date, hitting No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
The band joins forces with Tony-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator) and Tony-winning director Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Swept Away will feature music arrangements and orchestrations by Chris Miller and Brian Usifer.
“It’s been a total pleasure working with The Avett Brothers and living inside their music,” said John Logan. “I am constantly inspired by the sheer variety of their work and its utter truth and soulfulness.”
The Swept Away world premiere will take place at Berkeley Repertory as part of their 2019-20 season, with performances beginning in June 2020.