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NEW MUSICALS

DURING INCUBATION

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WORKSSERIES

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WRITTEN BY

JOE KINOSIAN + KELLEN BLAIR

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DIRECTED BY

LAURA BRAZA

A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY FROM THE WRITERS OF

MURDER FOR TWO
AND ADAPTED FROM THE

1950’S CLASSIC SCI-FI FILM

Written by Murder For Two creators Kellen Blair (book/lyrics) and Joe Kinosian (book/music), It Came From Outer Space is a new musical comedy adapted from the 50’s classic sci-fi film from Universal Pictures. Amateur astronomer Jon Putnam encounters an alien spaceship in the desert and becomes the laughingstock of his small town, until the extraterrestrial visitors make their presence known, and he must convince the gathering mob that they have come in peace. A clever musical score and creative physical humor puts a new spin on Ray Bradbury’s flying saucer tale—examining society’s fear of outsiders as it simultaneously embraces the wonder of what lies just beyond the stars.

It Came From Outer Space was commissioned and subsequently developed by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Criss Henderson, Executive Director, Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director), where it will receive its world premiere production in 2021. This is the first time that material from the show will be presented publicly.

* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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JENNIFER LATIMORE

(NBC's CHICAGO P.D.)

BRANDON SPRINGMAN

(COME FROM AWAY)

SHANNON TYO

(DEAR EDWINA)

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AND

JOE KINOSIAN

BOOK + LYRICS BY

CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON

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MUSIC + LYRICS BY

JASON MA

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A CENTURIES-OLD CHINESE WRITING SYSTEM

CREATED BY AND ONLY FOR WOMEN

PAVES A PATH TO TRUTH FOR A WOMAN
IN AN EVOLVING CHINA IN 1912

Broken Ground is a new musical with book/lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson (Come From Away) and music/lyrics by Jason Ma (Gold Mountain, Miss Saigon). Taking place in 1912 on the cusp of a new era for China, Broken Ground tells the story of 18-year old Xuě Lán, as she sets out on the path created for her by tradition and her family to marry a young soldier. Still grieving the recent loss of her mother and twin brother and yearning to make peace with the new life before her, she seeks guidance from both Guān Yīn, the goddess of compassion, and the spirit of her mother. Transported to another space and time of an ancient myth via an embroidered story in NüShū, the centuries-old writing system created by and only for women, Xuě Lán connects to her mother’s wishes for her and discovers that she can indeed find happiness by both speaking her truth and honoring her destiny. 

Broken Ground was commissioned by Village Theater (Robb Hunt, Executive Producer, Jerry Dixon, Artistic Director, Brandon Ivie, Associate Artistic Director). This is the first time that material from the show will be presented publicly.

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ALI EWOLDT

(THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA)

JONNY LEE JR.

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