New Musical About George Washington Carver to Reach New York Stage

News   New Musical About George Washington Carver to Reach New York Stage One Heart at a Time, a new musical about George Washington Carver by Mark St. Germain (book, lyrics), Louis St. Louis (score) and Thomas W. Jones (lyrics, director), is aiming at a berth on Broadway this fall.

Arlie Productions, in association with E. Palmer Productions, is producing the show, which has announced no cast, theatre or specific timetable. Hope Clarke will choreograph.

According to press notes, "the story begins in 1915, just as the controversial film Birth of a Nation is being released. This explodes race relations across the United States and upends the world of George Washington Carver, a Tuskegee professor world renowned for his agricultural discoveries, who treasures his privacy. His quiet, peaceful existence is forever changed when Sarah Headley arrives to convince him to allow a film celebrating his achievements to counter the insulting portrait of black Americans in D. W. Griffith's film."

Carver was one of the most successful and influential black men of post-Civil War America. His mother was a slave and he did not know his father. He grew up to teach for many years at Tuskegee, and schooled many newly freed African-Americans on how to achieve success as members of the argricultural economy, thus rendering them independent businessmen and citizens. He died in 1943.

Mark St. Germain is the author of such plays as Camping with Henry and Tom, Ears On a Beatle, The God Committee and the musicals Jack's Holiday and The Gifts of the Magi.

Louis St. Louis' Broadway credits as a composer, musical director and musical arranger include Grease, Over Here, Truckload, Raggedy Ann, Roza, and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Thomas W. Jones wrote and starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Wizard of Hip. His plays include The Birth of the Boom and Bessie's Skies.

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