2013 Season August 15- August 25
Rocket Boys, a musical based on the 1998 New York Times #1 bestseller by West Virginia native
and NASA engineer Homer Hickam Jr. (also immortalized in the 1999 film October Sky), had its
grand premiere August 2011. After a very successful run we are happy to present it once
more this summer.
In Hickam’s memoir, Homer (known then as Sonny) sees Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, fly
across the 1957 October sky. This singular event catapults Sonny to reach for the stars
and reject his coal-mining roots to join the space race. This funny, yet deeply moving memoir
with its universal theme of perseverance is something everyone can relate to. It’s been translated
into nine languages, a successful film and now a musical.
Book: Homer Hickam Jr. & Carl Anthony Tramon Music & Lyrics: Dan Tramon & Diana Belkowski
Photos from the 2011 world premiere by Steve Brightwell and Tony Belkowski