Bean, who appeared on Broadway in Wicked and Hairspray, penned music and lyrics for Dear John Mayer, which has a book by Faye. Martha Demson will direct with choreography by Eboni Nichols. The musical will begin performances July 20 for a run through Sept. 3.
According to the creators, "Stevie Steinman has a skill: she’s good at doing what people expect her to do. So when she finds herself divorced at 30, living in her childhood bedroom and styling old ladies' hair for a living she decides it is finally time to do what she has wanted to do all along: Sing. Not knowing where to begin, she turns on her computer and creates a video blog in the hopes of catching the attention of her muse, John Mayer. When a heavy-hitter from the music industry stumbles upon her videos, life changes very quickly for Stevie. The decision to follow her heart and enter the music game quickly reveals that the realities of the business are much different than the fantasies that play out in her bedroom."
Additional works in the festival include D. Tucker Smith's Quake; Laura Richardson's Life On This Couch; Rebecca Sue Haber's Neither Here Nor There; Philip William Brock's Singapore; Richard Manley's An Ignorant Man; Jesse Bernstein's The Power and the Glory: The Tale of Phil Ochs (American); and Jim Bontempo's She's the Best.
The First Look Festival will run July 15-Sept. 10. The Festival is curated by Barbara Schofield, Martha Demson and Laura Richardson with Caitlin Renée Campbell as marketing producer.
Performances will take place at the Open Fist Theatre, located at 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.
For tickets phone (323) 882-6912 or visit OpenFist.org.