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Skylight Music Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Midwest Premiere of “From Here to Eternity”

Updated: Mar 22

Legendary Lyricist Tim Rice’s Epic New Musical Runs April 12 – May 5 

Milwaukee, WI – [March 18, 2024] – Skylight Music Theatre in association with Heartaches Limited and Brett Smock is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for the upcoming Midwest premiere of From Here to Eternity, the legendary lyricist Tim Rice's epic new musical, running April 12 – May 5, 2024. Based on the acclaimed novel by James Jones, this fascinating new musical continues its US development with this production which features a powerhouse rock and blues score by Stuart Brayson and book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes. 

December 6, 1941. Schofield Barracks Army Base.  The soldiers of G Company are under investigation - and many have something to hide. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a rebellious new recruit, is missing, Sergeant Warden, the respected company staff sergeant, has embarked on a dangerous love affair, and the autocratic company commander, Captain Dana “Dynamite” Holmes, struggles to control his restless men. As the internal investigation deepens, the desperation of the lovers and the frustration of the soldiers splinter, while the silent, steady progress of Japanese aircraft carriers into American waters goes unwatched.  From Here To Eternity is a compelling and visceral portrait of humanity, duty and redemption set against the backdrop of a beautiful but conflicted paradise.  

“We could not be more thrilled to close our 64th season with this phenomenal musical,” said Michael Unger, Artistic Director for Skylight Music Theatre. “Tim Rice is one of Musical Theatre’s greatest lyricists and to have him at Skylight developing his latest musical is a great honor. From Here to Eternity has a gorgeous score and a powerful story; and even though it is set during a specific and difficult time in our country’s past, it is as timely as today’s headlines. We offer yet another title that is important and entertaining, and filled with world-class talent from Milwaukee and beyond.” 

The production will be directed and choreographed by Brett Smock, with music direction by Logan Medland. The creative team also includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Jose Santiago (lighting design), Tiffany Howard (costume design), Kevin Heard (sound design), Brian McMullen (projection design), Christopher Elst (Fight Direction), Michael Holland (Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements) and Brigham Johnson (production stage manager). 

“Producer/Director, Brett Smock, says, “It’s an honor to be at Skylight for the Midwest premiere of From Here to Eternity.  This is an important moment in the show’s development – we’re incorporating what we’ve learned in our previous incarnations here in the US and in London with exciting new elements that we’re introducing for the first time here in Milwaukee.  I’m thrilled to work with some of my favorite designers and this terrific cast to create this thrilling new production.” 


From Here to Eternity Cast 

Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt Ian Ward Brininstool* 

First Sergeant Milt Warden Matt Faucher* 

Lorene Jamie Mercado 

Karen Holmes Kaitlyn Davidson* 

Private Angelo Maggio Gianni Palmarini 

Captain Dana Holmes Neil Brookshire* 

Colonel Delbert Jonathan Wainwright* 

Corporal Bloom Ben James Tyrell 

Sergeant Judson Jared Brandt Hoover 

Mrs. Kipfer Michelle Liu Coughlin* 

Private Riggs Jake Horstmeier 

Private Williams Armando Ronconi 

Private Montello Joey Chelius 

Private Byrd Wesley Hodges 

Private Ruiz Zachary Iniguez 

Private Anderson Brett Bainer 

Private Tucker Jason Rodriguez 

Private Clark Ethan Hardy Benson 


Biographies and Headshots can be found at 

From Here to Eternity Creative Team 

Director/Choreographer Brett Smock*** 

Music Director Logan Medland 

Orchestrations / Vocal Arrangements Michael Holland 

Scenic Designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec** 

Lighting Designer Jose Santiago** 

Costume Designer Tiffany Howard 

Sound Designer Kevin Heard** 

Projection Designer Brian McMullen** 

Fight/Intimacy Director Christopher Elst 

Assistant Fight Director Ken Miller 

Production Stage Manager   Brig Johnson*    

Assistant Stage Manager Jordan Ilyssa Angelo* 

Assistant Stage Manager Sami Pekelnicky 


*Appearing through an agreement between Skylight Music Theatre and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  

**Member of United Scenic Artists 829 

***The Directors are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union. 


Tickets are now on sale at the Skylight Music Theatre Box Office at (414) 297-3688 or

From Here to Eternity 

April 12 – May 5, 2024 

Lyrics by Tim Rice 

Music by Stuart Brayson 

Book by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes 

Directed and Choreographed by Brett Smock 



About Skylight Music Theatre 

Skylight Music Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces high-quality musical productions that entertain, educate, and inspire. We are committed to providing a platform for local talent and showcasing the best of Broadway and beyond. 

Founded in 1959, Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company and the state's largest employer of Wisconsin actors. Skylight produces the full range of music theatre from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from exciting world premieres to contemporary off-Broadway hits. Skylight’s mainstage home is the Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center, which was built by Skylight in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in 1992. Considered to be one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theatres, the Cabot Theatre is based on the design of an 18th-century French opera house. With just 350 seats it offers audiences great views of the action onstage and an undeniable connection with the performers. Skylight Music Theatre marks its 64th season in 2023-2024. Skylight Music Theatre is a proud Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund. 


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