Touring, Award-Winning 'Emojiland' Comes to Boston in June

Sunday May 15, 2022
Originally published on May 12, 2022

Laura Schein in "Emojiland"
Laura Schein in "Emojiland"  (Source:Jeremy Daniel Photography )

Visceral Entertainment is proud to present the Boston premiere of "Emojiland" at The Boch Center Shubert Theatre from Tuesday, June 14 to Sunday, June 19, 2022.

The national tour of the 2020 Off-Broadway show that wowed NYC audiences (and critics alike) with its vibrance, electric energy and heart will be stopping in seven cities across America this summer. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at http://www.bochcenter.org/ and will be available at the Boch Center Box Office, or by calling 866-348-9738. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets by contacting Boch Center Group Sales at 617-532-1116 or [email protected].

"Emojiland" is the hit, award-winning new musical based on the most popular and recognizable characters in the world: emojis. This show's progress bar hits 100% with its powerhouse ensemble cast, eye-popping spectacle and celebrated pop/rock score.

Not to be confused with, and very much unlike "The Emoji Movie," "Emojiland" is an electric ensemble piece inspired by The Unicode® Standard, about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn't want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for their own good; a face with sunglasses who can't see past their own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, "Emojiland" faces the most fundamental questions a society — and a heart — can face: Who are we? And who matters? 

"Emojiland" originally opened off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street on January 19th, 2020, where it received a New York Times Critics' Pick and played a total of 11 Previews and 59 Performances prior to the shutdown of the theatre industry on March 12th, 2020. The show occupies a unique place amongst those which were shuttered two years ago by the COVID-19 virus: the musical's second act focuses on a society battling a computer virus which is spreading throughout the emoji population. 

Michael Chase Gosselin, one of "Emojiland"'s lead producers, commented, "We always felt that Keith and Laura possessed an extraordinary ability to mirror and satirize our own society in "Emojiland", but we never could have imagined that the 'virus' subplot would prove to be so eerily prescient. Two years after the pandemic closed us down, we hope that, like the citizens of "Emojiland", this is an opportunity for a real 'reset,' and we can't wait to share this uplifting show with fans outside of New York."

"Emojiland" was a 2018 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist and earned 12 award nominations and 5 wins at the 2018 New York Musical Festival. "Sheer fun! a tonic of a musical ... Electric, big-hearted & comforting...A lesson for our time," raved The New York Times. The original Off-Broadway production was a NYT Critic's Pick, earned 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards and Nominations for 4 Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award.

"Emojiland"'s music and orchestrations are by Keith Harrison Dworkin, and book and lyrics are by Keith Harrison Dworkin and Laura Schein. The musical is directed by Thomas Caruso ("Southern Comfort," "Matilda," "Groundhog Day"), with choreography by Kenny Ingram ("The Lion King"). The creative team also includes David Goldstein (Scenic Design), Vanessa Leuck (costume and make-up design), Jamie Roderick (lighting design), Josh Samuels (sound design) Lisa Renkel and Possible (projection design), Bobbie Zlotnik (hair and wig design), Lena Gabrielle (music supervision), Nick Wilders (music director), and Josephine Kearns (gender consultant).

The Original Cast Recording of "Emojiland" is available now at BroadwayRecords.com and wherever digital music is sold.

In addition to its Boston date (June 14-19), "Emojiland" visits Columbus, Ohio (June 3-5); Hartford, Connecticut (June 10-12); and Philadelphia (June 21-26).

Visit emojiland.com for more info and updates. Along with the show's social media accounts:

Instagram @emojimusical; Twitter @emojimusical; Facebook @emojiland; TikTok @emojilandmusical