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wednesday - 10.14.20

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NEW

WORKSSERIES

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   jen sandler   joe barros

produced + hosted by 

PRE-PREMIERES OF

NEW MUSICALS

DURING INCUBATION

MUSIC + LYRICS BY

BOBBY

DAYE

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BOOK + LYRICS BY

MONICA

L. PATTON

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directed by

TAMARA TUNIE

(NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

A NEW MUSICAL ABOUT A
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

PLAGUED BY GREED, ADDICTION,
AND THE REVELATION OF

A LONG BURIED SECRET

The new musical Love & Southern D!scomfort has music and lyrics by Bobby Daye (Aladdin, The Color Purple), book and lyrics by Monica L. Patton (The Book of Mormon, Finian’s Rainbow). When dowager Mrs. Catheine Dejoie, of polite Louisiana society, dies, she leaves the entire estate to her estranged granddaughter, Milla, but only if Milla comes home from her self-imposed, decade-long exile to bury Catherine. Milla reluctantly leaves her life in France and returns to her ancestral home, a sprawling postbellum Southern mansion, and to her mother, a faded alcoholic debutante undone by the burden of bearing the family’s legacy. With the help of the family’s cherished maid, the women begin to repair their relationship until the reconciliation grinds to a sudden halt when a long-held secret is uncovered.

Love & Southern D!comfort received its world premiere production at South of Broadway Theatre Company in January 2020, a concept album of the show is forthcoming, and a single of the song “Liquid Courage” by Broadway veteran Ramona Keller was recently released.

* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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NIKKI M. JAMES

(THE BOOK OF MORMON)

RAMONA KELLER

(CAROLINE, OR CHANGE)

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ANTHONY WAYNE

(TOOTSIE)

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A UNIQUELY AMERICAN STORY

TOLD WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST,

INFECTIOUS VITALITY

AND A LATIN BEAT

BOOK + LYRICS by

NANCY NACHAMA 

CHESER

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MUSIC

+ ADDITIONAL SPANISH LYRICS BY

JAIME LOZANO

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The new musical Present Perfect has music and additional Spanish lyrics by Jaime Lozano (Songs by an Immigrant) and book and lyrics by Nancy Cheser. A young woman steps outside the confines of her insular ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn and finds herself as much an immigrant in a new land as the recently arrived students she teaches in her New York Adult English class.  Lives intertwine as each in their own way struggles to belong, find love, and succeed in a new country. Life changes in an instant when an earthquake rocks a village in Peru, sending aftershocks throughout the classroom, and each must decide how far they will go to protect those they love. Present Perfect is a uniquely American story told with a contemporary twist, infectious vitality and a Latin beat. 

Present Perfect is the recipient of the Live & in Color Development Award and was developed at Manhattan Theatre Source, Sugden Theatre, Bonita Center for the Arts, Area Stage Company, Southwest Florida Theatre League, Florida Southwestern College and with Salgado Productions.

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* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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MAURICIO MARTÍNEZ

(ON YOUR FEET!)

STEPHANIE LYNNE MASON

(FIDDLER ON THE ROOF)

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