Return to the Forbidden Planet

Book by Bob Carlton, music by various artists

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Co-Produced with The Straz Center

Jun. 12 – Jul. 6, 2014

Thu. – Fri. 8pm (no performance Jul. 4), Sat. 4pm & 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Encore production: Sun., Jul. 6, 7:30pm.

Tickets: from $29.50

Jaeb Theatre, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

2014 BroadwayWorld Tampa Regional Award

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated

Join Jobsite Starlines on the TK-421 Jaeb Cruiser for a routine scientific survey flight as we navigate space and time to ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll classics (“Wipeout”), traverse a deadly asteroid field and crash landing (“Great Balls of Fire”), witness the ecstasy and agony of love (“Good Vibrations,” “Teenager in Love,” “Young Girl,” “She’s Not There,” “Go Now”), in a sci-fi adventure full of surprises (“Gloria,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Born to be Wild,” “The Monster Mash”).

Not just a jukebox musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet is a clever homage to both science fiction and Shakespeare. Based on the 1956 film Forbidden Planet (which was itself based on Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest), this fun-for-the-whole-family experience seamless combines nods to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Star Trek alongside Bard-inspired lines like, “But soft, what light through yonder airlock breaks?” and “Two beeps or not two beeps? That is the question!”



Jobsite beams up to the Jaeb Theater for Return to the Forbidden PlanetTampa Bay Times

Forbidden Planet musical a mix of Shakespeare, rock and sci-f – Tampa Tribune

Sci-fi Shakespeare musical opens in Tampa – Bradenton Herald

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Jana Jones – Music Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • J. Elijah Cho – Bosun Arras
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Ariel
  • Amy E. Gray – Miranda
  • Jonathan Harrison – Captain Tempest
  • Heather Krueger – Science Officer / Gloria
  • Spencer Meyers – Cookie
  • Maggie Phillips – Navigational Officer
  • Owen Robertson – Prospero


  • Elwood Bond – Drums
  • Jana Jones – Bass
  • Mark Warren – Guitar
  • Parker Wilkson – Keys/Synth


  • Gabby Battaglio – Production Assistant / Run Crew
  • Bailee Booser – Costumer
  • Paul Poppe – Asst. Stage Manager
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
  • Mike Wood – Lighting Designer

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