The Source Theatre Company announces the nation’s capital city premiere of The Harvey Milk Show, a musical by Dan Pruitt and Patrick Hutchison, revealing the ascension, election and assassination of the nation’s first openly gay male elected official, Harvey Milk. The Harvey Milk Show opens May 10, and runs through June 1.
The role of the homosexual hero who, despite all odds became City Supervisor of San Francisco, will be played by Steve Cupo, who received a 1996 Helen Hayes Award for his work in Signature Theatre’s Cabaret.
The production is directed by Ron O’Leary, who was recently nominated for a ‘97 Helen Hayes Outstanding New Play Award for his play, They Never Said a Word, and received a previous Hayes nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Closer Than Ever.
Pruitt and Hutchison got the idea for their musical when they went to see the 1984 documentary film The Times of Harvey Milk. When the musical premiered at Atlanta's "inventive and reliably entertaining theatre company," (Creative Loafing) Actors’ Express in 1991, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution wrote, "Once in a season--if you're lucky--you're knocked off the little chair of Expectation and spilled into the aisle of Astonishment.This season's mini-tornado is The Harvey Milk Show.”
Actors’ Express revived the The Harvey Milk Show in celebration of the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, for five performances during the Summer Olympics. For tickets or more information, call (703) 218-6500, (202) 462-1073, or refer to the Source Theatre Company regional theatre listing on Playbill On Line.
--By Blair Glaser