Kristin Chenoweth and Andrew Lippa to Star in Production of I Am Harvey Milk
The production will also debut the world premiere of its companion piece, I Am Anne Hutchinson.
Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) will rejoin composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party) for a new engagement of Lippa's oratorio I Am Harvey Milk, to be presented April 23 and 24 at Maryland's Music Center at Strathmore. The engagement will also include the world premiere of Lippa's newest work, I Am Anne Hutchinson, in which Chenoweth will play the title role.
I Am Harvey Milk, in which Lippa stars, is described as "part choral work, part theater piece," and traces the life of gay rights activist Milk from boyhood through his political career and eventually to his assassination in 1978. Its companion piece is inspired by the life of women's rights activist Hutchinson, who, in 1637, was tried for insubordination to the patriarchal church, for the "sin" of forming women's study groups.
Directed by Noah Himmelstein, the creative team for I Am Harvey Milk includes Joel Fram (musical director, conductor). Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, and David Bloch serve as producers, with Rolando Sanz executive producing.
I Am Harvey Milk had its world premiere as part of the San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus' 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert. A live recording of the event was subsequently released. It was then presented in October 2014 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Lippa served as Chenoweth's music director at her concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Donmar Warhouse, among many others. For Chenoweth, he has penned the songs "My New Philosophy", from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and "The Intervention Song."
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