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Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

What if your first crush really was perfect? From the comic genius of Cinco Paul (Despicable Me and the musical hit of the summer Schmigadoon) and Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us) comes the delightfully witty, sublimely inspiring story of teenaged Mary Magdalene, who falls in love with the carpenter’s son next door… who happens to be a kid named Jesus. In her quest to impress him, Mary has to fend off a trio of 1st-Century Mean Girls and a bunch of Beastie Boys-inspired wiseguys from the Sanhedrin. She learns that getting Jesus to love you back is both easier – and harder – than she ever imagined.  With a lush R&B score and a riotous cast of characters, A.D. 16 achieves the rare feat of being both funny and sincere. A thrilling and fun musical for people of all faiths, or no faith at all.

Starring Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mary and Ben Fankhauser (Disney's Newsies) as Jesus

Scenic Designer Walt Spangler • Costume Designer Emilio Sosa • Lighting Designer Colin K. Bills • Sound Designer Matt Rowe • Wig Designer Anne Nesmith • Production Stage Manager Karen Currie

Presented in association with Sloane Productions, LLC

Book by
Bekah Brunstetter

Music & Lyrics by
Cinco Paul

Story by
Cinco Paul

Stephen Brackett

Katie Spelman

Music Director
Christopher Youstra

Orchestrations/Music Supervisor
Doug Besterman

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Colin K. Bills

    Lighting Designer
  • Stephen Brackett

  • Bekah Brunstetter

  • Karen Currie

    Production Stage Manager
  • Cinco Paul

    Music, Lyrics and Story
  • Matt Rowe

    Sound Designer
  • Emilio Sosa

    Costume Designer
  • Walt Spangler

    Scenic Designer
  • Katie Spelman

  • Christopher Youstra

    Music Director

Production Sponsorship

  • This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Supported in part by the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Organization -

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A.D. 16

February 4 - March 6 2022

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