“A MUSICAL AND EMOTIONAL TOUR DE FORCE.” –SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES
“I AM HARVEY MILK SIZZLES, SOARS, AND COMES CLOSE TO BREAKING HEARTS BEFORE REACHING THE KIND OF ROUSING CLIMAX THAT BRINGS AN AUDIENCE TO ITS FEET ROARING WITH APPROVAL.” –THE HUFFINGTON POST
I AM HARVEY MILK is a new concept opera that weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life – from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. Told through Grammy and Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa's soaring melodies and beautiful lyrics, I AM HARVEY MILK is an emotional celebration of an American icon.
CAST & CREATIVE
Andrew Lippa originated the role of Harvey Milk in June, 2013 for the piece’s world premiere with the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Chorus and Tony® winner Laura Benanti. He will reprise the role this July at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with over 500 men from choruses around the country. He wrote the Drama Desk Award-nominated music and lyrics for the musical Big Fish which recently played Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. Life of the Party, an evening celebrating his words and music, premieres at London’s award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory this summer, with Mr. Lippa leading the cast.
He wrote the Tony Award-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family. The Addams Family has appeared on tour in the US and is an international success with productions in Sao Paulo, Lima, Sweden, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and soon to be in Mexico City, Seoul, Germany, the UK and many more. He also wrote the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention. Other musicals include the Drama Desk Award-winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics), A Little Princess (music), john & jen (music/book), Asphalt Beach (music/lyrics) and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and new arrangements). He is currently working on a musical adaptation of Jules Feiffer’s book The Man In The Ceiling, in which he will also perform.
His songs have been recorded by such esteemed artists as Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Nathan Lane, Norbert Leo Butz, Julia Murney and Peter Cincotti. Mr. Lippa served as music director and conductor for Kristin Chenoweth’s sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall (2004) and the Donmar Warehouse in London as well as with the San Francisco, Chicago, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras.
Accolades include Tony and Grammy® Award nominations, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Andrew Lippa serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of The University of Michigan.
KRISTIN CHENOWETH (Soprano)
Kristin Chenoweth first captivated audiences earning a Tony Award singing Andrew Lippa’s “My New Philosophy” in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and made her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Film and television credits include: Pushing Daisies (Emmy Award), Glee (two Emmy nominations), Rio 2, Running with Scissors, You Again, Deck the Halls, RV, Bewitched, and ABC’s television adaptations of The Music Man and Annie. Ms. Chenoweth also starred in her own series Kristin for NBC. Upcoming projects include: The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez; A Bet’s A Bet with Mena Suvari; Hard Sell; and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie The Descendents, in which she will play the Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. She was most recently seen on Broadway in Promises, Promises opposite Sean Hayes. Other stage credits include: Epic Proportions, Steel Pier, Music in the Air, The Apple Tree, and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center. She will return to Broadway next year in the revival of On The Twentieth Century opposite Peter Gallagher. Ms. Chenoweth has also had a remarkably successful concert career and numerous collaborations with various symphonies. This summer she was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2014 Ms. Chenoweth formed a new charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her hometown, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
NOAH MARLOWE (Young Harvey Milk)
Broadway: Act One (ensemble, u/s Mossie/Bernie Hart), Mary Poppins (Michael Banks). National tour: Elf the Musical (Michael). Operatic Musical: I am Harvey Milk (Young Harvey Milk, Original cast recording). Off Broadway: WikiMusical (Peter, NYMF), Fun Home (Christian, Public Theater), My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life (Tommy, Workshop Theater). Regional: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Charlie Winslow, Goodspeed), LMNOP (Timmy, Goodspeed), Gypsy, Nutcracker, Cinderella. TV: “30 Rock.” Concerts: Broadway Youth Ensemble (Soloist).
NOAH HIMMELSTEIN (Director)
Noah directed the world premiere of I Am Harvey Milk starring Andrew Lippa and Laura Benanti in San Francisco last year. In July, he will stage the work at Disney Hall in LA.
Recent directing credits include The Wild Party (featuring Lippa, Julia Murney, Jeremy Jordan, Michael Cerveris and Charlie Rosen’s 17 piece Broadway Big Band), the premiere of Michael Korie and Conrad Cummings’ opera, Positions 1956 (Urban Arias, DC); Zach Redler and Sara Cooper’s Loving Leo (Weston Playhouse) and Windows (American Opera Projects) and the 2013 Dramatists Guild Fund Gala where he worked with Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, John Guare, Kelli O’Hara, George C. Wolfe, and Tonya Pinkins. Additional: Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (New England Premiere), Strindberg’s The Stronger, Cocteau’s The Human Voice, and Danny Mitarotondo’s The River Has No Water (Columbia University).
As Associate/Assistant director he has collaborated with James Lapine on Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage); Bartlett Sher on Golden Boy (LCT) and The Bridges of Madison County (2012 & 2013 Workshops), John Rando on Little Me and …it’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…it’s Superman (Encores!) and Kevin Newbury on Hansel and Gretel (Virginia Opera).
Under the mentorship of Stephen Schwartz and Adam Guettel, Noah is currently developing the bluegrass-infused work, Outlaws by Alexander Sage Oyen and James Presson which was featured in the ASCAP Workshop this past spring, as well as new pieces by Sara Cooper and Jonathan Tolins. Guest artist: NYU: Steinhardt and Tisch, Adelphi University, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. www.noahhimmelstein.com
JOEL FRAM (Music Director/Conductor)
Joel Fram has worked extensively in New York and London, conducting the Broadway productions of Scandalous, Wicked, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, James Joyce’s The Dead, Jumpers, and Cats; the West End company of Wicked; and Forbidden Broadway at the Menier Chocolate Factory. He created musical arrangements for the ballet Pictures from an Exhibition at both the Young Vic and Sadler’s Wells Theatre and supervised the premiere of John Bucchino’s Esaura at the Fredericia Teater, Denmark. U.S. national tours and regional credits include Falsettos, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourne’s Dreams from a Summer House, and the world premiere of two Andrew Lippa musicals, The Little Princess and john & jen. At New York’s Symphony Space, he created the award-winning “New Voices” concert series; for Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday, co-produced and curated the 12-hour marathon “Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim”; and this year produced the critically-acclaimed “Wall to Wall Cabaret” marathon. Mr. Fram has music directed three cast albums (Scandalous (co-producer), john & jen, and A…My Name is Alice), restored several lost musicals for the acclaimed Encores! series, and served as an Associate Music Supervisor for the Melbourne, Stuttgart and Tokyo productions of Wicked.
AUGUST ERIKSMOEN (Orchestrator)
Broadway credits: First Date (orchestrations) Hugh Jackman-Back On Broadway (additional orchestrations), The Addams Family (Dance Arrangements), Memphis (Dance Arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (Assoc. Music Supervisor), Ring of Fire (Associate Music Director), All Shook Up (Music Director), Rent (Associate Conductor). Off-Broadway: Bare (orchestrations), Romantic Poetry (Orchestrations), Walmartopia (Orchestrations/Supervision), Imperfect Chemistry (Orchestrations/Supervision). Tours/Regional: Kristin Chenoweth (in concert-additional orchestration), Chita Rivera (in concert-additional orchestration), Brother Russia (orchestrations), James and the Giant Peach (Orchestrations), All Shook Up (1st National, Dance Arrangements/Additional Orchestrations), The Full Monty (1st National, Conductor). Other orchestration credits: Always Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, Berlin, Disney's Winnie the Pooh.
MICHELE LYNCH (Choreographer)
Michele recently choreographed Showboat at San Francisco Opera, a production that was also seen at Washington National Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Other recent credits include the films The Last Five Years and Joyful, Dolly Parton’s Better Day World Tour, and Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre. Her Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture, The Coast of Utopia and as an associate/assistant choreographer - Hairspray, The Full Monty and Urinetown. She has also choreographed the National Tours of Little House on the Prarie and Happy Days as well as the Off-Broadway show We The People. Regionally her choreography has been at the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theater, Capital Repertory Theater, Ford’s Theater, the St. Louis MUNY, North Carolina Theater. Riverside Theater and Stamford Center for the Arts.
ANDREW LAZAROW (Projection Designer)
Andrew is a projections and interactive designer based in New York City. His installation with Daniel Fish, Eternal, has been shown at the Public Theatre and will be traveling to Holland this summer. His previous theatrical works include Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave (dir. Daniel Fish), Bend in the Road (dir. Benjamin Endsley Klein), House for Sale (dir. Daniel Fish), Possibility Junkies (dir. Gretchen Cryer), Obskene (dir. Tina Shephard), Lyre (dir. Mary Birnbaum), Uncle Vanya, (dir. Mallory Catlett), and the You Made this Tour (dir. Daniel Goldstein). Andrew has also designed arena events for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, events for PEN World Voices overseen by Salman Rushdie, and retail products for companies across the US. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch, contributed John Nobbs’s book A Devil Poke the Actor on the Suzuki Training Method, and has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Film by Apple.
DAVID LANDER (Lighting Designer)
SCOTT LEHRER (Sound Designer)
WILSON CHIN (Scenic Consultant)
ORCHESTRA OF ST LUKE’S (Orchestra)
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s foremost and most versatile orchestras, regularly collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; given more than 150 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and appears on more than 90 recordings, including four Grammy Award-winning albums and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado, named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, is OSL’s principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving performances at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble consists of 21 virtuoso artists who make up OSL’s artistic core and are dedicated to a diverse repertoire spanning Baroque to contemporary.
OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, including more than 300 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL also hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events.
Through its Community & Education programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free, interactive events at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In July 2013, OSL and Police Athletic League (PAL) launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development.
For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.
BRUCE COHEN (Producer)
Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award®-winning producer of film, television, and theater. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing American Beauty (1999). He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk (2008) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Among the other films Bruce has produced is Big Fish (2003), directed by Tim Burton. Bruce was a lead producer of the stage musical version of Big Fish, on Broadway last fall.
In television, Cohen was executive producer of the ABC series “Pushing Daisies,” and he was also executive producer of the CBS special “Movies Rock” and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for producing the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Cohen is on the Producer’s Council of the Producer’s Guild, having served two terms as vice president of motion pictures, and is on the Executive Committee of the Producer's Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is president of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind the recently successful Supreme Court case to have California's Proposition 8 declared unconstitutional, as chronicled in the new documentary “The Case Against 8,” premiering on HBO this June. He is married to Gabe Catone and they have a three year-old daughter.
ROBB NANUS (Producer)
Robb is a New York based producer. He co-produced the world premiere of I AM HARVEY MILK starring the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Andrew Lippa and Laura Benanti and the original workshop featuring Sierra Boggess. Past projects include the critically-acclaimed, sold-out run of DEBUTANTE. and sold out presentations of The Wild Party Swings (54 Below), DEBUTANTE. (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest), The Tonganoxie Project (Rattlestick Playwright Theater’s Middle Voice Theater Company) and Love Labor’s Found (The Producer's Club). Robb has worked in various capacities with the National Alliance for Musical Theater, the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre in DC, The Music Theatre Company in Chicago, Telsey + Co and Turbovote. He also serves as a trustee on the NYC chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
JESSICA LEVENTHAL (Producer)
Jessica Leventhal is the Director of Development at Bruce Cohen Productions, where she co-produced the LA staged reading of "8" by Dustin Lance Black to benefit AFER's Supreme Court case agains Prop 8. She has also co-produced live shows for the International Olympic Committee and the Annenberg Foundation. Currently, among other projects, Jessica is producing with Mr. Cohen and Rebecca Walker the film adaptation of Walker's novel Adé: A Love Story with Madonna directing. A native New Yorker with a background in theater and degree from Yale University, Jessica is thrilled to be producing at Avery Fisher Hall to benefit kids and the arts.
BRUCE ROBERT HARRIS and JACK W. BATMAN (Producers)
Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman have produced over forty plays and musicals plus many private and corporate events since forming their business partnership ten years ago. Their productions include: Broadway - Pippin (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award), Clybourne Park (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Award nomination), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony Award nomination, Grammy Award nomination), Bonnie and Clyde (Drama Desk Award nomination). London - The Scottsboro Boys (London Critics’ Circle Award, Olivier Award nomination), My Trip Down The Pink Carpet. Upcoming - the 70th Anniversary revival ofOn The Town (Broadway). In addition, they are founding producers of the GLAAD Media Award-nominated GAYFEST NYC, Inc., a not-for-profit arts organization that discovers, develops and produces new theatre works arising out of the LGBT experience and, as its mission, underwrites and supports in-school elective and mentoring programs and college scholarships for students of The Harvey Milk High School. Since June 2007, GAYFEST NYC, Inc. has provided 43 scholarships to graduates of the school. Bruce is a graduate of Juilliard, a very successful former dancer and international entertainer and a startlingly inventive producer of theatre, recordings and special events. Jack began his professional career in the fabled mailroom at the William Morris Agency. His background includes major theatre casting and film production and he was one of a small team that founded Chelsea Piers in New York City. Bruce and Jack met at and are graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute.Sunnyspotentertainment.com.
LESLIE WILSON (Line Producer)
Leslie Wilson is a producer and director based in Los Angeles. Her projects include many national and international entertainment, political and charity events.
Previous to I Am Harvey Milk, Leslie was on the producing team for the play 8, about CA’s Prop 8. She co-produced the recent Homeward Bound Telethon, which benefited veterans with PTSD and TBI. She directed this year’s GLAAD Media Awards in LA, was the EP for Honoring the Promise for the Susan J. Komen Gala in D.C. and was the Exec in Charge of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Special Olympics. Notably, she was the Sr. Producer and Director for The 50th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream” with three presidents in attendance. Other charity productions include events for Children’s Hospital, Chrysalis and PSA’s for Plug In America.
Political projects include Hillary Clinton’s historic, live Town Hall meetings; John Kerry’s Election Night in Boston; the National Governors Association Centennial with Bill Clinton; two Democratic Conventions; and President Clinton’s second Inaugural Gala.
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O + M (Press)
Julianne Moore · Sting · Hugh Jackman · Senator Tammy Baldwin · Senator Kirsten Gillibrand · Congressman Sean Maloney · Dustin Lance Black · Jonathan Groff · Bill T. Jones · Evan Wolfson · George Takei · Rachel Brosnahan · Alan Cumming · Billy Porter · Dan Jinks · Kathy Najimy · Gretchen Shugart · Cleve Jones · Jerry Mitchell · Lea Delaria · John August · Hannah Hart · Chad Griffin · Sean Strub · Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo · Kris Perry & Sandy Stier
Jeffrey Seller · Stuart Oken · Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson · Amanda Lipitz · Tony Marion · Darren Sussman · David Bloch · Bill Taylor · Kraige Block · Gwyn & Arthur Nanus · George & Phyllis Cohen · Vincent Palumbo · Joan Katz
I Am Harvey Milk was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, along with Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, and Heartland Men's Chorus. Since its premiere, the piece has been made available to choruses to perform from coast to coast. The album is now available via iTunes here.