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First Look- Berkeley Playhouse Presents World Premiere Musical, BRIDGES

Berkeley Playhouse is proud to present the world premiere of Bridges: A New Musical Lyricist & Author CHERYL L. DAVIS, Composer DOUGLAS J. COHEN, Based on an original concept by ELIZABETH McKOY.

*BERWICK HAYNES and AMANDA SALMON. Photo by ben krantz studios. *Member of Actors' Equity Association.

In 1965, a young woman boldly joins a march to fight for her civil rights. Decades later, another young woman faces her own battle for equality. As their stories collide across time and distance, each must come to terms with who she is in the context of a changing and complicated world. Full of soulful melodies, Bridges: A New Musical is an empowering story that explores our country's past and present - how far we've come, how far we have to go, and the bridges we must cross to get there.

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The Cast: MIIA ASHLEY, JACQUELINE DENNIS, NANDI DRAYTON, KAYLYN DOWD, *BERWICK HAYNES, SAM JACKSON, AMANDA KING, JANELLE LASALLE, DANA LEWENTHAL, BARRY MARTIN, *JOSHUA MARX, MELISSA MARTINEZ, CALEB MEYERS, CHARLES PEOPLES III, ANTHONY ROLLINS-MULLENS, MAURICE ANDRÉ SAN-CHEZ, KAYLAMAY SUAREZ, BRANDEN THOMAS, PHILLIP PERCY WILLIAMS, and SCOTTIE WOODARD
Director KAREN ALTREE PIEMME Music Director DAVID AARON BROWN Choreographer PJAY PHILLIPS
Scenic Designer BRIAN WATSON Costume Designer LIZ MARTIN Projection Designer NICK KUMAMOTO SM/Prop Designer LORI FOWLER


New Stories, New Settings
Scenic Design by BRIAN WATSON

The set rendering above gives us a sneak peak of the Bridges set. The historical Edmund Pettus Bridge on the left represents 1965 Selma, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge represents 2008 Oakland. Moving and still images will be projected upon the bridges to blend time, tone, and mood.

It's been many years in the process, originally conceived by Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy, the musical was commissioned by Berkeley Playhouse in 2012.

Cheryl L. Davis and Douglas J. Cohen make a great team!
Davis (2009 Writers' Guild Award winner and Daytime Emmy Award nominee for As the World Turns) wrote the book & lyrics, and Cohen (2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for Off-Broadway's Children's Letters to God, Richard Rodgers Grants and the Gilman and Conzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation Award for Off-Broadway's No Way to Treat a Lady) composed the music. Learn more about the production's history.
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