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!
And we have a musical!
Thanks to everyone involved in the Flint Rep New Works Festival for giving us the time and space to hear the entirety of The Magnificent Seven for the first time. Julia and I are so lucky to have gotten to bring along MD extraordinaire Rich Silverstein to work with director Michael Lluberes and a magnificent cast of eleven who vaulted right into a 22-song score with 16 hours of rehearsal. Our gymnasts (pictured above, from L-R) Samantha Carter, Taylor Jones, MaryPaige Reiffel, Amanda Kuo, Annadelle Kimber, Paige VanSickle, and Emily Fishman were joined by Stephanie Dean, Shelby Coleman, Paul Gregor, and Paul Nelson Gregory to bring the show to life for a friendly crowd who braved the snow.
We can’t wait to get to hear the next draft soon!