Village Theatre musical ‘Stunt Girl’ makes Big Apple debut
June 8, 2010
“Stunt Girl” — a musical account of groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly — has become the latest Village Theatre production to make the journey from Issaquah to the Big Apple.
The musical received a reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club on June 7. “Stunt Girl” premiered at Village Theatre last March.
Issaquah native Brian Yorkey — the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and lyricist behind another Village Theatre original musical, “Next to Normal” — directed the “Stunt Girl” reading.
The presentation featured other Village Theatre alumni.
R.J. Tancioco, music director for the Village Theatre production, filled the same role for the Big Apple piece. John Patrick Lowrie played newspaper publisher and prize namesake Joseph Pulitzer, a role he originated in Issaquah. “Next to Normal” cast member Louis Hobson portrayed reporter Arthur Brisbane. Hobson originated the role in the Festival of New Musicals reading presented by Village Theatre in 2005.
“Stunt Girl” followed “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” from Issaquah to New York City.
Disney composer David Friedman conceived “Stunt Girl” and Tony Award nominee Peter Kellogg wrote the book and lyrics.