Human Race Develops Play It By Heart, Tenderly and Dust in the Sunlight Beginning July 16 | Playbill

News Human Race Develops Play It By Heart, Tenderly and Dust in the Sunlight Beginning July 16
The Human Race Theatre's Musical Theatre Workshop Festival, which includes presentations of Play It By Heart, Tenderly and Dust in the Sunlight begins July 16 in Dayton, OH.

The weekend will offer developmental stagings of Play It By Heart and Tenderly, as well as a fully-produced production of Dust in the Sunlight, which is a collaboration between area teens and the Lovewell Project.

Play It By Heart has a book by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), with music by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor. It is described as "the story of a female country music star battling her family and a changing industry."

The cast includes Sharva Maynard, Leslie Jo Bissett-Hood, Scott Stoney, Jamie Cordes, Carlyn Connelly, J.J. Tiemeyer, Jerome Doerger, Mike Kennedy, Christine Brunner and James Roselli. Human Race artistic director Kevin Moore will direct, with musical direction by Jay Brunner.

Based on the life of late entertainer Rosemary Clooney, Tenderly was penned by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. Signature Clooney songs included in the musical are "Come On-a My House," "Mambo Italiano" and "Hey There."

The two-person cast includes Beth Harris and Scott Stoney. Marya Spring directs with musical direction by Yates Vogt. Arrangements are by Scot Woolley. The Lovewell Project allows area teens to learn about the craft of theatre and then conceive, produce and perform their own work for Human Race audiences. The piece will be created in time for presentation during the weekend. They will present Dust in the Sunlight: A Musical in Pieces.

The schedule follows: Play It By Heart (July 16 at 8 PM; July 17 at 2 PM); Tenderly (July 17 at 8 PM; July 18 at 2 PM and 7 PM); Dust in the Sunlight (July 17 at 7 PM; July 18 at 2 PM).

Tickets are available the day of the performance at the door. Visit HumanRace.

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