Part of the Plan, a new musical featuring the songs of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, is currently in development at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville.
The musical will receive a 29-hour Equity staged reading with three invitation-only presentations September 22-24, directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett.
The cast, many of whom are Nashville-based, includes Harley Jay, Kaylor Otwell, J.T. Hodges, Katy Blake, Chris Roberts, Erica Aubrey, Benjamin Hale, Matt Magnusson, Bakari King, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Jayme Lake, Laura Matula and Gus O’Brien.
Featuring a book by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris, the musical, according to press notes, “follows three decades in the lives of an adopted boy and the teenage girl of privilege forced to give him up. The musical deals with themes of love, loss, and fate through the lens of the boom times of post-World War II America, the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the political upheaval of the 1970s.” Fogelberg wrote such hit songs as "Same Auld Lang Syne," "Longer" and "Leader of the Band," among others.
The show features arrangements by Grammy Award winners Victor Vanacore and Laurence Juber. Nashville-based Stephen Kummer serves as musical director. Casting is by Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris.
“We are thrilled to be co-producing this new musical, featuring the beautiful music of Dan Fogelberg, and to be hosting developmental pieces in Nashville, a city to which Dan had many special connections. This is a powerful, poignant story told with great heart and passion that brings Dan's music to a new generation and to the die-hard fans who long to hear his music in all forms,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “Our role as co-producer also represents a new commitment by TPAC to supporting new works and collaborations, and we’re delighted to be taking these initial steps with a production so perfectly suited for Music City.”
Part of the Plan is produced by New York-based producing company WalkRunFly, Los Angeles-based K-Squared Entertainment and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
K-Squared Entertainment acquired the rights to Mr. Fogelberg's catalogue, with the blessing of Jean Fogelberg.