Lippa portrays Milk, the first openly-gay man to hold public office in California, along with Tony Award winner Laura Benanti ( Gypsy, Women on the Verge) as the soprano soloist; they are joined by the 300-member SFGMC. Dr. Timothy Seelig conducts the oratorio that has orchestrations by August Erksmoen and accompaniment by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
Noah Himmelstein, who assistant-directed the Broadway revival of Golden Boy and the new musical The Bridges of Madison County, stages the three-performance engagement that is presented June 26, 27 and 28. 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.
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.