Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Broadway composer Andrew Lippa will star in the New York premiere of Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk. Under the direction of Noah Himmelstein, the show will play Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall for one night only on October 6. The performance will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus.
Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. I Am Harvey Milk includes orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and choreography by Michele Lynch. Joel Fram will conduct. The piece premiered last summer in San Francisco, led by Lippa and Tony winner Laura Benanti.
Chenoweth, who will return to Broadway in next year’s On the Twentieth Century revival, was last seen on the Great White Way in Promises, Promises. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received a nod for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing.
Lippa received a Tony nomination for creating the score to the Broadway musical The Addams Family. His additional credits include Big Fish, The Wild Party, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Farnsworth Invention and john & jen.