Broadway actors Adam Heller (It Shoulda Been You, Elf, Caroline or Change) and Julia Knitel (Beautiful, Bye Bye Birdie) will lead the cast of the new musical A Letter to Harvey Milk, set to debut this winter at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre. Set in San Francisco in 1986, the story follows two unlikely people brought together by a letter penned to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected politician in California.
Performances will begin February 1 ahead of a March 6 opening night.
In A Letter to Harvey Milk, Heller will play Harry, a widower and retired kosher butcher who finds an unexpected alliance with Barbara, played by Knitel, a young lesbian teacher at the senior center. The musical deals with issues of friendship, grief, and self-acceptance.
A Letter to Harvey Milk is based on the short story of the same title by Lesléa Newman. The musical features lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, with additional lyrics by Cheryl Stern, music by Laura I. Kramer, and a book by Jerry James, Schwartz, Stern, and Kramer. Evan Pappas directs.
Completing the cast will be Michael Bartoli (national tour of Joseph/Dreamcoat), Jeremy Greenbaum (Newsies), Aury Krebs (Rent), CJ Pawlikowski (national tour of Book of Mormon), and Cheryl Stern (La Cage Aux Folles).
The production will feature music direction by Jeffrey Lodin, orchestrations by Ned Ginsburg, set design by David Arsenault, costumes by Debbi Hobson, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, and sound design by David Margolin Lawso. Production stage manager will be Sara Sahin.
A Letter to Harvey Milk is presented by Letter Productions LLC and associate producer/production supervisor SenovvA Production Core; it is executive-produced by Lisa Dozier King. Casting is by Stephanie Klapper.