As I expected after the early demise of Broadway’s War Paint, I’m back home but in a bit of a theatrical lull. However, I’ve got some stuff coming up on the horizon:
NEW VISIONS/NEW VOICES 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been cast as the Headmistress/Sea Witch in the developmental workshop of Hans Christian Andersen, part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices, a week-long biennial workshop/festival for playwrights and theaters to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families. Since its inception in 1991, the program has assisted in the development of 111 new plays, musicals, and operas from 97 playwrights and 38 composers, working with 61 U.S. and 12 international theater companies, and has received awards for exemplary service to the field from both the American Alliance for Theater and Education and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
Hans Christian Andersen is a co-production of Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, GA and iTheatrics of New York, NY. It tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen, the first commoner ever chosen by the King of Denmark to study at the Royal Academy. However, Christian isn’t sure he wants to go. He’ll have to move to Copenhagen and live without his mom and dad. Royal children have shoes without holes in them… and books; Christian can’t even afford paper. Plus his new teacher is rumored to be meaner than a sea witch. Loosely based on the real life of Hans Christian Andersen, the show follows his journey from a poor storyteller to becoming one of the most celebrated writers of all time. This new musical for young audiences is directed by Rosemary Newcott, features a score by the legendary Frank Loesser utilizing songs from the film, never-before-heard trunk songs, and an original libretto by Timothy Allen McDonald.
Hans Christian Andersen is scheduled for an 11 AM staged reading on Sunday, April 29th. For more information, visit http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/nvnv.html
ON THE TOWN – coming up Summer 2018!
In late spring I’ll start work: Olney Theatre Center’s Summer 2018 production of On The Town, opening June 20th. It’ll be a fast-change tour de force for me, since I’ll be appearing in multiple roles.
With the pomp and fanfare of New York City, the brassy lyricism of Leonard Bernstein, and the sweet immediacy of a day of freedom during a time of war, On the Town is an American classic, beloved both for its moment in history and for its timeless qualities of youth and exuberance. The show follows the adventures of three sailors on leave for just 24 hours in the great city of New York before heading off to battle in World War II.
I’m really looking forward to this production, since the cast includes a bunch of talented powerhouses (and very good friends!). For tickets and more information, visit the OTC website.
AND JUST FOR FUN: WANNA HEAR ME SING A LITTLE “SILVER BELLES?”
I’m tickled to death that Silver Belles, the holiday musical premiered by Signature Theatre in 2017 and starring yours truly as Oralene Early, is now available for production from Broadway Licensing. If you go to their website’s page for the show, you can hear me and lyricist Stephen Gregory Smith on the demos. It was great fun revisiting Matt Conner’s wonderful score and hearing Warren Freeman’s new orchestrations. The show was great fun to do and a big hit for Signature, and I’m hoping that its laughter-through-tears holiday appeal will have other theatres eager to produce it.