Featuring a book by Ron Sproat, lyrics by Frank Evans and a score by Christopher Berg, Back Home "aims to shed light on a war story that is rarely told," according to press notes. "During World War II, over 70,000 British Women met and married American servicemen stationed in Great Britain. After the war, husbands and wives were separated when the husbands were shipped home. The separations, in most cases, lasted more than a year due to governmental indifference to the plight of the War Brides on both sides of the Atlantic. The musical is based on true events and follows the journey of Maureen (Mo) Gubbins, a London postal worker and Ivy Hennessy, a mill worker from Leeds in their fight to be reunited with their husbands."
Casting for the New York premiere of Back Home includes Raissa Katona Bennett, Jeff Scot Carey, Joe Danbusky, Jenn Zarine Habeck, Adam J. MacDonald, Kristin Maloney, Vanessa June Marshall, Christina Morrell, Danielle Erin Rhodes, and Steve Sterner.
Bick Goss directs with a design team comprised of Maruti Evans (sets and lighting), David Gilliam (costumes) and Mark Janas (musical director).
Back Home: The War Brides Musical is presented by Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, Pat Flicker Addiss and Ricky Stevens for NYMF.
Performances will be at The Sage Theater, located at 711 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan, Sept. 24-30. For tickets and further information visit www.nymf.org or call (212) 352-3101.