Monday, May 28, 2012

Warner Theatre to Launch Liberty Musical Prior to NY Run

Liberty, a new musical that tells the stirring and spectacular story of United States immigration through the eyes of a young European immigrant, will be presented in an exclusive, fully-staged professional production at the Warner Theatre in advance of its New York premiere. Performances begin June 30.

The production marks the first time the Warner Theater has developed and premiered a new musical in advance of a commercial New York run. Liberty is directed by Igor
Goldin (YANK!; Pride and Prejudice).

The announcement was made today by John Bonanni, Executive Director of the Warner Theatre.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local audiences to see a professional production before it heads to New York,” said John Bonanni, executive director of the the Warner. “Our community of actors and volunteers are excited to inaugurate the Warner’s new professional development program, serving as an incubator for a commercial run in New York.”

Liberty with book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein and music by Jon Goldstein, tells the story of a young immigrant who arrives from France in 1884 amid anti-immigrant fervor. With powerful political forces working against her, she is befriended by fellow immigrants from all corners of the world. Through assimilation, Liberty becomes the symbol of all immigrants, winning over the people of the United States and taking her rightful place in New York Harbor.

The musical previously was presented as a developmental workshop as part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Immigrant Heritage Week and has been invited to perform at the grand re-opening of the crown of the Statue of Liberty and during the official celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Performances will be held Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm, Sunday, July 1 at 3 pm, Thursday,
July 5 at 8 pm, Friday, July 6 at 8 pm, Saturday, July 7 at 2 pm, Thursday, July 12 at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 pm. The July 1 performance will feature an opening night red carpet prior to the performance.

Tickets: $25, $30, $40 VIP Gold Circle. Call 860-489-7180 or visit www.WarnerTheatre.org. A study guide for parents and educators is available and can
be downloaded at http://www.WarnerTheatre.org/Liberty. More info: www.LibertyTheMusical.com,

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