Off-Broadway Musical A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK to release cast Album May 22nd, Harvey Milk’s Birthday

***Press Release***

“Surprisingly fierce little musical. Brimming with warmth and clandestine power.” Zach Stewart, Theatermania

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New York: The Off-Broadway musical, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, will release its digital cast album on May 22 in honor of Harvey Milk’s birthday, it will be available on itunes.comamazon.comgoogle.com etc. and in stores at a date TBA. 

The cast album of A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, which recently announced an extension at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre (410 W 42 Street) through June 30,2018, through June 30,2018, is produced by Michael Croiter, co-produced by Laura I. Kramer and Jeffrey Lodin and executive produced by Lisa Dozier King.  The cast recording will be released on Yellow Sound Label.  

San Francisco. 1986. 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. This musical — with its soaring score and deeply-felt, surprisingly funny lyrics — deals with issues of friendship and loss, the grip of the past, and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by the most unexpected people.

LETTER TO HARVEY MILK opened on March 6, 2018 and has caught the attention of audiences and critics alike who have said: ”While Fiddler on the Roof might be the quintessential Jewish musical, A Letter to Harvey Milk feels like the essence of American Judaism.” Plays To See

“This is one of those musicals that stows away in your heart without you even noticing.” Zach Stewart, Theatermania; “The musical is not just the clichés or the humor; instead, it shines a light on Judaism and homosexuality, on loss and on loneliness. “A Letter to Harvey Milk is a moving exploration of Judaism and the trauma that comes from publicly being who you are. I was laughing through my tears.” Plays To See; “A true gem that is totally fulfilling. They don’t get much better than A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK. Put it on your must-see list. The songs are fresh and emotionally rewarding with tears that are inspired by both razor-sharp humor and poignancy. There is nothing in this musical that doesn’t work. The chemistry between Heller, Knitel, and Stern is sublime, and the entire cast is superbly talented.”  ELJ NYC; “A Letter to Harvey Milk seeds into your heart, and blossoms with love.” Diandra Reviews it All; “Fun and laughable, in the good way.” Times Square Chronicles; “A Letter to Harvey Milk offers an honest truth in a time that needs it.” Curtain Up; “This is a letter worth reading and seeing, and well worth the wait.” Front Mezz Junkies; “An inspiring musical about Harvey Milk, voiced by an unlikely source. A Letter to Harvey Milk is one of those rare musicals that dares to confront both LGBTQ history and Jewish history. And it does so with visceral wit, grace, and a full heart.” Gay City News; “A Letter to Harvey Milk is a breath of fresh air.” Stage Buddy; “Touching and Schmaltzy. There’s a lot to like about this show!” BroadwayWorld; “Genuinely affecting and enjoyable.  It is a rewarding and touching piece of musical theater.” Jewish Standard

Based on the short story by Lesléa Newman, the musical A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK has music by Laura I. Kramer, lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, with additional lyrics by Cheryl Stern, book by Jerry James, Laura I. Kramer Ellen M. Schwartz and Cheryl Stern and will be directed by Evan Pappas with music direction by Jeffrey Lodin, orchestrations byNed Ginsburg, casting by Stephanie KlapperA LETTER TO HARVEY MILK is presented by Letter Productions LLC, Associate Producer/Production Supervisor SenovvA Production Core and is executive produced by Lisa Dozier King.

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK stars Adam Heller (Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Elf, Caroline or Change)Julia Knitel(Broadway and National Tour: Carole King in Beautiful, Bye Bye Birdie)Cheryl Stern (Broadway: La Cage Aux FollesThe Women) along with Michael Bartoli (National Tour: Joseph/Dreamcoat), Sarah Corey (International:  Death for Five Voices), Jeremy Greenbaum (Broadway: Newsies), Aury Krebs (Regional:  Rent, Hairspray), Philip Hoffman (Broadway:  Into the Woods, Cabaret), CJ Pawlikowski (National Tour: Book of Mormon, Memphis) and Ravi Roth (National Tour: Alter Boyz, Seussical).

Creative team includes set design by David Arsenault (Off- Broadway: Terms of Endearment. Broadway: The Color Purple (associate)) costumes by Debbi Hobson (Liberty: A Monumental New Musical), lighting design by Christopher Akerlind (Tony Award for INDECENT, Waitress), sound design by David Margolin Lawson (The Crusade of Connor Stephens).

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.

Listing Information:

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK

through June 30, 2018

Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street

 

Performance schedule:

Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm;

Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3pm.

Tickets are $79 – $99 and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Follow on Social:

Facebook: @ALettertoHarveyMilkTheMusical

Instagram: @ALettertoHarveyMilk

Twitter: @ALettertoHarvey

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK Production Photos by Russ Rowland

Ms. Kramer, Ms. Stern, Mr. Pappas cast, and creative team are available for interviews.

To arrange press interviews and press seats please contact JT Public Relations / joe@jt-pr.net

 

Who’s Who:

 

LAURA I. KRAMER (Composer/Book) A Letter to Harvey Milk (NYMF 2012 Next-Link Project and Most Promising Musical Award; Richard Rodgers Award 2012 finalist.) Music for As The Years Go By (lyricist Mitchell Bernard); choral piece Woman’s Sphere finalist, Denver Women’s Chorus Choral Music Competition. MA Music Theory/ Composition, Montclair State University; BS Music, Skidmore College; commissioned by Skidmore to write commemorative choral piece, A Musical Instrument. Studied choral composition with renowned composer Alice Parker. BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Member Dramatists Guild, IAWM.

 

ELLEN M. SCHWARTZ (Lyricist)’s first work was writing children’s songs with Bonnie Lee Sanders including “Meet the Care Bears”, “Care Bears Bedtime Story”, and “Meet the Mr. Men and Little Misses”. She collaborated on individual songs with artists including Sue Maskaleris, Barbara Carroll, Gail Wynters, Joel Diamond, and Luiz Simas. Ellen also worked with other collaborators on a number of theatrical projects including Come Up ‘N See MeThe Trapped Family SingersA Letter To Harvey MilkA Cast of ThousandsSecond Avenue Rag, and Tangled Webs, which was left uncompleted when she passed away in May 2013.

 

JERRY JAMES (Book) won the 2012 NYMF Award for Excellence in Writing-Book for A Letter to Harvey Milk. He is the author of a dozen plays, variously produced in New York City and across the USA, as well as in England and Germany. After a forty-year career in the New York theatre, where he spent ten years as PSM of Forbidden Broadway, he retired to Tucson, AZ, where he writes essays for the education program of the Rogue Theatre.

 

CHERYL STERN (Book/ Additional Lyrics) recently received raves Off-Broadway for her solo musical Shoes and Baggagewith music by Tom Kochan. She created lyrics for the Jonathan Larson Award winning Off Broadway musical, Nor’mal (now retitled Pretty To The Bone). Other credits include: The AudienceRequiem for William, Being Audrey (Transport Group), That’s Life!A Christmas Survival Guide, Are We There Yet?, Famous, The Gene GameBuffalonia ( EST). Cheryl is a resident member of the cell theatre and a graduate of Northwestern University.


EVAN PAPPAS (Director) Off-Bway: Liberty, Wonderful TownDuBarry Was a Lady, What Will People Think? Regionally; The Color Purple, Sister Act (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) Kiss Me Kate, Evita , West Side Story, The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera North), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers  (SF Critics Best Production Award, and Director nom), Funny Girl (SF Critics Director nom) Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Murder for TwoMy Way  (Depot Theatre), CarouselA Man of No Importance (Montclair State Univ), West Side Story (Santa Fe College), ). Some Place Like Home (Best Director Award Soundbites Festival, NYC), Broadway Babes (Covent Garden), Assoc. Dir. on Being Sellers (59E59), Moscow (Samuel French One-Act Festival), Parallel Lives (Theatre for the New City), Daily Sounds (Finalist in Strawberry Festival), etc.  As an actor he has starred on and off-Broadway in My Favorite Year, Parade, Putting It Together, A Chorus Line, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Café Society Swing, etc., and in London’s West End in Follies and Merrily We Roll Along.

 

JEFFREY LODIN (Musical Director) Thrilled to be working with this amazing cast and team. Music Director of the World Premieres of:  Liberty: A Monumental Musical, The Kid Who Would Be Pope, The Sphinx WinX and Glimmerglass. Also a composer, Jeff’s scores, with longtime collaborator William Squier,  include: Disney’s Doug Live (Walt Disney World), 100 Years Into The Heart,  Top Of The Heap, and Merrilee Mannerly (Off-Bdwy, 2018). With collaborator and father-in-law, John Allen: Rebels 1775 and Young Abe Lincoln (Theatreworks, USA). Conductor (most notably Chita Rivera) and Pianist (Andy Gibb, Mongo Santamaria). Faculty member IAMDA (NYC).lodinandsquier.com.

 

LESLÉA NEWMAN’S (Source material) 70 books include the short story collection, A Letter To Harvey Milk; the poetry collection, I Carry My Mother; and the children’s books, Heather Has Two Mommies, Sparkle Boy, and Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed. Poems from her novel-in-verse, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard have been excerpted in the libretto of the fusion oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard composed by Grammy Award winner Craig Hella Johnson. A past National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellow and poet laureate of Northampton, MA, she currently teaches at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.

 

LISA DOZIER KING (Executive Producer) has offices in both New York and Miami, which have managed more than 100 professional theatrical productions. Upcoming: Unlikely Heroes, Hit Her with the Skates, Shoes and Baggage and Ben Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical. Past Off-Broadway highlights: The Crusade of Connor StephensVincent, Stars of David tour with DR Management, PromisingBedbugs the MusicalBreakfast with MugabeFinal AnalysisF#%king Up EverythingSistas the MusicalBronteTen ChimneysThe Duchess of MalfiHow to be a Good Italian DaughterThe Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall. Lisa is also the BFA theatre management program director at the University of Miami, producing director for the newly founded organization Miami New Drama, managing director for InProximity’s all women Project W Festival now in its second year, and has also served as the general manager for the National Alliance for Musical’s Festival of New Musicals for the last decade.  ldkproductions.com

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