Everyday Rapture, With Katie Gilchrist as "Sherie Rene Scott," Begins in Kansas City May 16

News   Everyday Rapture, With Katie Gilchrist as "Sherie Rene Scott," Begins in Kansas City May 16
Everyday Rapture, Sherie Rene Scott's semi-autobiographical musical that was seen on Broadway in 2010, receives its first post-New York production beginning May 16 at Kansas City's Unicorn Theatre. Katie Gilchrist stars.

Katie Gilchrist
Katie Gilchrist

Authored by Scott (Aida, Women on the Verge...) and Tony nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Everyday Rapture traces the actress' Kansas upbringing to her new beginning in New York. It debuted Off-Broadway in 2009 at Second Stage Theatre and later played Broadway's American Airlines Theatre in 2010.

The Unicorn Theatre production marks the first presentation of Everyday Rapture since its New York premiere. Performances run through June 10 under the direction of Jerry Jay Cranford.

Scott told Playbill.com, "While Everyday Rapture is, of-course, 100 percent true, it is also 17.1 percent factual, with the character being from Kansas and happening to share all three of my names taking up most of the smaller percentage part. So I'm excited the very talented Katie Gilchrist is smarter, younger and prettier than me, because now the role can be everything I always hoped it could be. I'm so happy the Unicorn Theatre feels the play speaks to their audience. And though I know, according to my old Topeka neighbor Fred Phelps, God hates me, I also know God totally flipped for Everyday Rapture and I hope it will be as joyful an experience for them in K.C. as it was for all of us in N.Y.C."

Also featured in the cast are Chioma Anyanwu and Christina Burton as the Mennonettes and Bryan LaFave as Scott's online nemesis BROADWAYISLOVE09.

Jeremy Watson serves as musical director/conductor/pianist on a creative team that also includes Gary Mosby (scenic design), Alex Perry (lighting design), Blake Hughes (sound design), Richard L. Sprecker (projection design), Goergianna Londre Buchanan (costume design), Gary Campbell (prop design) and Tracy Terstriep (dramaturg). Orchestrations are by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). Here's how it's billed: "A semi-autobiographical stage memoir by Sherie Rene Scott, this is the story of a woman's psycho-sexual-spiritual journey that separates her mostly Mennonite past from her mostly Manhattan future. She travels from Topeka, Kansas to New York City; with a disturbing detour through YouTube. Filled with familiar tunes, this musical follows Sherie's road to Broadway semi-stardom."

Songs in the production include "Up the Ladder to the Roof," "Get Happy," "It's You I Like," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City" and "Rainbow Sleeves."

A Ghostlight Records cast album preserves the original Broadway production.

Visit unicorntheatre.org.

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