It had been 17 months and 1 day since the last time we had our work performed in person for an audience, but being back onstage at Don’t Tell Mama on July 23 felt like no time had passed at all!
It had all the elements of live performances that I’d been missing (and some that I’d happily forgotten) – the joy of the rehearsal process, the thrill of hearing new material, the stress of a time crunch, the warmth of a great audience, and the bonds of collaboration. We became a momentarily magnificent six as Jeanna wasn’t able to perform with us, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Thanks to the crew of our favorites – Alex, Allison, Ally, Amy, Ellen, Jeanna, Lynne, MinJi, Roslyn, Sam & Tori – for donning the warmup jackets and bringing it all back to life.
Thanks to all who watched – both in person and online (especially those that braved the technical difficulties!) If you didn’t get to see it, or if you want to watch it again, check out the video below. (And read a nice little write up about the concert on BroadwayWorld here!)
As New York City continues to open back up, we are beyond thrilled to have the chance to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team’s gold medal win with a concert of songs from The Magnificent Seven!
On Friday, July 23, we’ll get together with some familiar faces and some brand new faces to share selections from the musical, including two brand new songs! If you’re in NYC and want to see it in person at Don’t Tell Mama, make a reservation at donttellmamanyc.com. If you’re not in NYC, be on the lookout for more information about a livestream of the show.
We can’t wait to have a joyous celebration of both our love for those seven women and our first live performance in over a year!
As we expected, both of our scheduled productions of The Magnificent Seven have been postponed to next year. We are so looking forward to following through on all of the planning that we’ve done, and grateful for a moment to step back into our role as writers to tackle some refining and rewriting. It’s also exciting to be coinciding not only with the (now) 2021 Olympics but also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team’s gold medal win!
There will be more information about our productions at Flint Rep and The Players Theatre, and we’ll share it with you when it’s available!
In the lead up to the Olympics, The Magnificent Seven will vault onstage in New York this summer! Produced at the historic Players Theater in Greenwich Village, the show will be directed by Nikki DiLoreto (Soft Power, Kiss Me, Kate) with music direction by Alex Ratner and choreography by Sunny Hitt. The production runs June 25 to July 19. Casting will be announced shortly!
Gymnastics journalist extraordinaire Dvora Meyers interviewed Julia and me after our July reading of The Magnificent Seven, and the interview was published today in her newsletter, Unorthodox Gymnastics. Give it a read to learn more about our collaboration, our approach to the material, and our horror at John Tesh, et al.