Big Fish producer Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus and Jessica Leventhal produce the work that features original music and lyrics by Lippa ( Big Fish, The Wild Party, The Addams Family, jon & jen) and utilizes some of Milk's actual words for the text.
Noah Himmelstein, who assistant-directed the Broadway revival of Golden Boy and the new musical The Bridges of Madison County, will stage the two performances of I Am Harvey Milk June 27-28 at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. The work is a SFGMC commission.
Following the San Francisco premiere, the work will be made available for choruses to perform across the U.S.
Lippa will portray Milk, the first openly-gay man to hold public office in California, along with Benanti ( Gypsy, Women on the Verge) as the soprano soloist and the 300-member SFGMC. Dr. Timothy Seelig will conduct the oratorio that has orchestrations by August Erksmoen and will be accompanied by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
According to SFGMC, " I Am Harvey Milk weaves the story of Harvey Milk's life – from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American icon."
For tickets visit sfgmc.org.