A LETTER TO Harvey Milk, a new musical which was a finalist in this year’s prestigious Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater, is one of 10 musical plays being presented by the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Project (NYMF), which starts on July 9th. The musical is based on the short story, "A Letter To Harvey Milk" by Lesléa Newman. Today, the New York Musical Theatre Festival hosted a press preview day, sampling its offerings this year, and on hand to preview MILK was the show's star, Leslie Kritzer (Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair Legally Blonde). Click below to hear Kritzer perform the title song from the exciting new show!
In this poignant story set in San Francisco, Harry, a retired kosher butcher meets Barbara, a young lesbian teacher who runs a writing class. After showing her the impassioned letter written to his late friend Harvey Milk, the two form an indelible friendship that unearths memories both have struggled to suppress. At the center of his story is “the letter”. Who knew writing to a late friend could change everything?
A LETTER TO Harvey Milk brings together the creative team of Jerry James (book), Laura I. Kramer (music) and Ellen M. Schwartz (lyrics) – who have shaped a powerful musical narrative full of wit and heart. The music has been arranged and orchestrated by Ned Paul Ginsburg whose credits include both Broadway and film projects (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin).
Directed by award-winner, David Schechter, the musical additionally features Jeff Keller (Phantom of the Opera, Sunday in the Park, Candide), Cheryl Stern (Into the Woods, La Cage Aux Folles, The Women, Les Miserable), Michael Bartoli (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Brandon Uranowitz (Baby It’s You, Rent, Ragtime), Michael Padgett (Jekyll and Hyde) and Sara Corey (Beau Jest). Todd Edward Ivins is the scenic designer.
For tickets and more information, visit www.nymf.org.