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A Letter to Harvey Milk to Release Cast Album on Harvey Milk's Birthday

Yellow Sound Label will release the recording of the musical, still running off-Broadway at Theatre Row.

Adam Heller, Michael Bartoli, Julia Knitel, and Cheryl Stern in A Letter to Harvey Milk
(© Russ Rowland)

A Letter to Harvey Milk will release a digital cast recording on May 22 — Harvey Milk's birthday. The release date of the physical album will be announced at a later date. Yellow Sound Label will release the recording, which is produced by Michael Croiter, coproduced by Laura I. Kramer and Jeffrey Lodin, and executive-produced by Lisa Dozier King.

Based on the short story by Lesléa Newman, A Letter to Harvey Milk has lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, with additional lyrics by Cheryl Stern, music by Laura I. Kramer, book by Jerry James, Ellen M. Schwartz, Cheryl Stern, and Laura I. Kramer. Evan Pappas directs. The musical is currently running through June 30 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre.

Set in San Francisco in 1986, A Letter to Harvey Milk is described as follows: "What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide? When Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who's dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie, but to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. Barbara is stunned. Harry's letter evokes life-changing revelations that neither could have foreseen."

A Letter to Harvey Milk stars Adam Heller and Julia Knitel, along with Michael Bartoli, Jeremy Greenbaum, Aury Krebs, C.J. Pawlikowski, and Cheryl Stern. On the creative team are Jeffrey Lodin (musical director), Ned Ginsburg (orchestrator), David Arsenault (set design), Debbi Hobson (costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), and David Margolin Lawsin (sound design).