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New musical A Letter to Harvey Milk debuts Off-Broadway this winter

It won five awards at the New York Musical Theatre Festival

New musical A Letter to Harvey Milk debuts Off-Broadway this winter
Characters bond over a letter to Harvey Milk in new musical. | Photo: IMDB/The Times of Harvey Milk

A Letter to Harvey Milk won Most Promising Musical in 2012 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Now it’s hitting Off-Broadway come February.

The new musical premieres at the Acorn Theatre in New York on 21 February ahead of a 6 March opening night.

The story takes place in San Francisco circa 1986, eight years after the assassination of Harvey Milk. It follows Harry, a widower and kosher butcher.

His young lesbian teacher at the senior center, Barbara, assigns him to write a letter to someone from his past. He surprises when he write a letter not to his deceased wife Frannie, but his old friend Harvey Milk.

Milk was the first openly gay person elected in California.

Over the course of the musical, Harry and Barbara bond over the letter and help each other through grief and self-acceptance.

It stems from Lesléa Newman’s short story of the same name.

Evan Pappas is directing the new production with music by Laura I. Kramer and lyrics from Ellen M. Schwartz and Cheryl Stern.

The original iteration won a total of four awards at the festival five years ago.

A full cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

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