Andrew Lippa & Kristin Chenoweth to Star in New York Premiere of I AM HARVEY MILK at Avery Fisher Hall, 10/6
Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman announced today that Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa's new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke's and introduce the 12o member All Star Broadway Men's Chorus.
Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It 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. The San Francisco Bay Times called I Am Harvey Milk, "A musical and emotional tour de force!"
Directed by Noah Himmelstein the creative team also includes Joel Fram (Musical Director, Conductor), Michele Lynch (Choreography), Andrew Lazarow (Projection Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Wilson Chin (Scenic Consultation) and August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations).
Proceeds from this one night only event will be used to create the Harvey Milk Arts Fund at the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). The Fund will provide much-needed arts education and resources to students at Harvey Milk High School and other at-risk youth that benefit from HMI's services. Founded in 1979, HMI has grown to become the oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and other at-risk youth services organization in the country. Today, HMI serves more than 2,000 young 11,000 youths around the tri-state area.
I Am Harvey Milk had its world premiere last summer as part of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert, "Harvey Milk 2013." A live recording of the premiere was released last year and quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes classical charts. The concert 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. As previously announced, Andrew Lippa will perform the role of Harvey Milk with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) as part of GMCLA's 35th Anniversary Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 2014.