There was an immediate attraction to not only Michael’s music, but to the title and project as a whole. The film really resonated with so many people. The era. The basic American dream of reaching for the stars, and making it. Literally!
You are preparing to present the world premiere of October Sky this fall at Marriott Theatre. What has the development process been like up to this point?
Michael Mahler (music, lyrics) and I have really followed much of the path that worked so well for Hero. There have been multiple readings, workshops and labs. All leading up to this fall’s production at The Marriott Theatre.
What are you hoping to learn from the full production?
Each step of the development process is important, but nothing compares to putting your work in front of an audience. That is the eventual goal for all new works. Obviously an audience can be immediate in their feedback. The large subscription base at Marriott guarantees us the type of exposure that proves invaluable when you’re looking at how an audience embraces a specific story, how they react to story-telling and the tools used to tell it.
Why should people head to Chicagoland to catch October Sky this fall?
I think the NAMT membership should come see October Sky because… frankly, I think it’s really good. Plus, we’re all interested in fostering and nurturing new musical works. Whether we are producing, presenting or offering our support, it is essential in order to maintain a healthy musical theatre future.
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