I had a wonderful week back at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre working on a reading of Something Blue! Julia and I were so happy to return to the theatre that produced the world premiere of The Loneliest Girl in the World and to have the opportunity to work with Artistic Director Matt Morrow and music director Patrick Marion once again.
It was a productive and intensely rewarding week thanks to the three stellar actors in the cast – Bryan Banville, Michael Cusimano, and Natasha Harris – who brought so much heart and pathos and humor to such a quick process.
We were also incredibly lucky to have set designer Justin Humphries consulting on the project, as well, giving us the chance to imagine how the musical lives in the space of a few cars and a few hotel rooms (and a lot of beds.)
Thanks to those who came down to La Mama to see our reading of Something Blue on March 20! It was magical getting to see what our amazing team – director Colette Robert, music director Mila Henry, and actors Ally Bonino, Sam Heldt & Casey Robinson – put together in 13 hours. We’re so grateful to Michael Walkup and Ashley Chang from Page 73 for giving us the chance to hear the show (and the space to write over the last year.) We can’t wait to see what’s next!
After our wonderful experience in Chicago, I’m so happy to be bringing Something Blue back home to New York with some of our favorite folks. Thanks to the wonderful Page 73 for giving us the chance to hear the show as a culmination of our year in their Interstate 73 writers group!
I had such a wonderful week in Chicago getting to work on our very first public reading of Something Blue in Underscore Theatre Company’s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Thanks to very quick and very wonderful work by actors Britain Gebhardt, Sam Button-Harrison, and Alex Newkirk (pictured L-R), directors Isaac Loomer and Rachel Johnson, and music director Annabelle Revak, Julia and I got to see and hear the show in its full form for the first time – complete with suggestions of what a staging might look like!
We can’t wait to take what we’ve learned from our time in Chicago and see it in action next month when we get to hear Something Blue again, this time back home in NYC with Page 73. More info on that reading to come very soon!