Broadway-Aimed Hunter Bell Musical Found Will Get Berkshire Workshop
By Adam Hetrick
Found, the new stage musical by Tony Award-nominated [title of show] book writer Hunter Bell and composer Eli Bolin, inspired by the magazine of the same title, will receive a workshop by Berkshire Theatre Group in September.
The magazine on which the musical is based features numerous "found" items, including love letters, poetry, objects, ticket stubs, birthday cards, all of which allow readers to peek into the lives of strangers. The magazine and the website of the same title have inspired three best-selling books.
Bell (Silence!, Now. Here. This.) and Bolin (Roller Disco) are collaborating on the new musical that will offer a semi-autobiographical account of the life of Found creator, Davy Rothbart, as he performs and travels around the country. It will be workshopped Sept. 21-22 under the direction of Lee Overtree. The Story Pirates, the New York City and Los Angeles-based educational and comedy troupe for children, will perform the piece. Overtree oversaw previous readings of Found at the Actor's Playhouse and Ars Nova.
The Berkshire Theatre Group presentation is billed as a pre-Broadway workshop. No official Broadway announcement of Found has been made. Victoria Lang (Silence!), Benjamin Salka and Eva Price (Peter and the Starcatcher) produce Found. The engagement will have scenic design by Tony winner David Gallo.
According to the authors, "Found is an original musical set against a backdrop of the hilarious and heart-breaking real notes and letters from the pages of Found magazine, as they come to life on stage. When Davy meets and falls for Kate, a schoolteacher, he is forced to choose between his wild existence on the road and a life with her. Found explores not just the things, but the people we find in life and proves we all have stories worth telling."
Performances will take place at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. For tickets visit BerkshireTheatreGroup.com.
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