EXCLUSIVE: A Letter to Harvey Milk Musical to Make Off-Broadway Debut
The new work is based on the short story by Lesléa Newman.
The musical A Letter to Harvey Milk will debut off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre, beginning February 21, opening on March 6, and running through May 13, 2018. Based on the short story by Lesléa Newman, the musical 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.
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 was proud to be a selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2012 Next Link Project where it won five awards, including Most Promising Musical. It was also a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award.