Tony® and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa‘s new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Today, Thursday, May 22, is Harvey Milk Day, which celebrates the birthday of the gay rights pioneer. In Milk’s honor, the United States Postal Service will launch a Harvey Milk commemorative stamp.
Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony® and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 12o member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus.
Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It 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. The San Francisco Bay Times called I Am Harvey Milk, “A musical and emotional tour de force!”
Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available at www.iamharveymilk.com. Tickets start at $40; Premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, start at $500.
Directed by Noah Himmelstein the creative team also includes Joel Fram (Musical Director, Conductor), Michele Lynch (Choreography), Andrew Lazarow (Projection Design), Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Wilson Chin (Scenic Consultation) and August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations).
Proceeds from this one night only event will be used to create the Harvey Milk Arts Fund at the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). The Fund will provide much-needed arts education and resources to students at Harvey Milk High School and other at-risk youth that benefit from HMI’s services. Founded in 1979, HMI has grown to become the oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and other at-risk youth services organization in the country. Today, HMI serves more than 2,000 young 11,000 youths around the tri-state area.
I Am Harvey Milk’s media sponsors include TheaterMania.com, The New York Observer and Passport Magazine. To get more information about becoming a sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.