Tony Award winning starlet Kristin Chenoweth and Broadway composer Andrew Lippa will both star in Lippa’s New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk. The show, which will feature Lippa as Harvey Milk, is set to play at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall for a one-night-only performance on October 6. This comes after the show’s premiere last summer in San Francisco, led by Lippa and Tony winner Laura Benanti.
Proceeds from the performance will go towards the creation of 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.”
Chenoweth, who will play the soprano soloist, was most recently seen on Broadway in Promises, Promises. She has won a Tony Award for her work in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she earned a Tony nomination for her role as Glinda in Wicked. Additional credits for the star include appearances in Glee, The West Wing, and Pushing Daisies.
Lippa’s creation of the score for the Broadway musical The Addams Family earned him a Tony nomination. His other credits include Big Fish, John & Jen, The Farnsworth Invention, The Wild Party, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.
I Am Harvey Milk tells the story of the first openly gay man to hold public office in California. The show follows the man from boyhood all the way up to his tragic assassination. The production is directed by Noah Himmelstein and will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well as the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Joel Fram will conduct while orchestrations for the performance will be by August Eriksmoen and choreography by Michele Lynch.
Tickets for the show can be purchased by visiting IAmHarveyMilk.com.