The musical, based on the based on the 1941 Frank Capra film, had its official premiere at the Ford's Theatre in 2007. Meet John Doe features music by Gerle, lyrics by Sugarman and a book by Gerle and Sugarman with additional story by Matt August.
The album will be released Nov. 19. The creators are also reaching out to fans to help raise funds to produce the album. Click here to donate.
The album will reunite Blickenstaff ([title of show], Addams Family), a 2007 Helen Hayes Award for the show's DC engagement, with cast members from the Ford's Theatre production including James Moye (Million Dollar Quartet, Full Monty) as John Doe and two-time Tony Award nominee Joel Blum (Show Boat, Steel Pier).
Here's how the musical is billed: "When Ann Mitchell is fired in the depths of the Depression, she pens a prank letter to her own column from a 'John Doe,' who is planning to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge on New Year's Eve to 'protest the state of society.' When the letter is unexpectedly printed, 'John' becomes a citywide sensation, and Ann muscles her way back into her job, ghostwriting columns for him. To play John, she hires John Willoughby, who turns out to be much more than a handsome face. After John Doe creates a national movement of community organizations, newspaper owner D.B. Norton tries to cash in on John Doe's popularity, and Ann and the real John must decide how far they'll go to protect what they've created." Meet John Doe began life with a concert production at the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and a presentation at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), followed by workshops at Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ohio, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, and Goodspeed Musical's Norma Terris Theater in 2006. The world premiere production at the Ford's Theater won the Ford's its first two Helen Hayes Awards, one for Blickenstaff and one for director Eric Schaeffer (Follies).