• BMTP: A Trifecta in Musical Theatre

3/3/2008

Three musical theatre plays originally developed by the Boston Music Theatre Project [BMTP] at Suffolk University had professional NYC area productions this season. "We are thrilled that these projects have continued to grow and succeed after originating here at Suffolk," says Marilyn Plotkins, Chair of the Theatre Department and BMTP's director and founder. "BMTP strives to seek out the most gifted writers and composers and foster the creation of new work in hopes of just this kind of success."
 
Crossing Brooklyn received its professional premiere by the Transport Group in New York City in the fall.  Developed by composer Jenny Giering and librettist/lyricist Laura Harrington with Suffolk students in 2006, the musical explores the aftermath of 9/11 on the lives of ordinary school teachers and children in NYC.  After being developed at Suffolk, the show was selected to participate in the prestigious ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop where it was prepared for a professional premiere. TheatreMania calls Crossing Brooklyn, “probably the most heartbreaking and deeply felt musical that will be seen in New York during 2007-2008....enormously satisfying.”
 
Elmer Gantry, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis, by composer Robert Aldridge and librettist/lyricist Herschel Garfein was produced by Nashville Opera and the Peak Performances series at Montclair State University in New Jersey in January.  BMTP presented workshops of the opera in collaboration with the Boston Lyric Opera at Suffolk University in 1993 and 1994. "Vibrantly lyrical, cinematic score....a playfully humorous, balanced portrait of religion,” says The New York Times in a January full-page spread.
 
Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done, with book, music and lyrics by Walter Robinson, was featured in the New York Music Theatre Festival in September.  The play was work-shopped in 1990 & 1991 by BMTP in collaboration with Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute.  Look What a Wonder is a gospel opera based on the life of Denmark Vesey and the slave rebellion of 1822 in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
The Boston Music Theatre Project (BMTP) nurtures new musical work of exceptional promise in its formative stages through readings and workshop productions. Dr. Marilyn Plotkins founded BMTP in 1987 as the first professional organization in the Greater Boston area dedicated exclusively to the development of new work in music theatre. Look for the next BMTP workshop in Spring 2009!

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