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.
I am so thrilled to share that The Magnificent Seven will have it’s first full production in May 2020 at Flint Repertory Theatre! Julia and I had our first full reading of the show there in January in their New Works Festival, and we’re so excited to be back in the wonderful and supportive community.
Over the last three years of writing this show we’ve been anxious to get it up on it’s feet to figure out how our gymnastics-musical-without-any-real-gymnastics might move through space, and I’m thrilled to have the chance! And we’re working once again with the wonderful director Michael Lluberes to figure it out for the first time.
More announcements about this production (casting, tickets, etc.) and some other Magnificent developments will be coming very soon… Check back here for updates!
I’m so excited to be sharing our draft of The Magnificent Seven in a free reading at Urban Stages next Monday, July 15 at 8pm. No reservations necessary, so come on up/down/over/in and hear what we’ve been working on!
Julia and I are so happy to be working once again with director Nikki DiLoreto (with whom we worked when we first developed the project with Fresh Ground Pepper and who has gone on to work on Kiss Me, Kate and the upcoming Soft Power), movement consultant Sunny Hitt (with whom we’re excited to work for the first time), stage manager Melissa Erickson (with whom we just worked on last month’s reading of REB+VoDKa+ME), and music director Rich Silverstein (with whom we work always)!
Julia and I are heading back into the studio over the next few weeks to record our newest songs for The Magnificent Seven with some of our very favorite people: Rich Silverstein, Carl Limbacher, Jeremy Yaddaw, Andrew Zinsmeister, Ally Bonino, Mackenzie Dade, Alexis Floyd, Sam Heldt, MinJi Kim, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Katie Rodgers, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Keith Rubin, and Lauren Worsham. And we’re so happy to be recording with Chris Gilroy at Mighty Toad Recording Studios again!
Stay tuned over the next few months for the final demos…
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.