The Human Race Theatre Company wraps up its 27th season with a long-awaited four-week run of the country musical Play It by Heart. This fully produced regional premiere is the culmination of a four-year collaboration with The Human Race that began with a residency for the writers in 2009 and a reading in the theatre’s summer 2010 Musical Theatre Workshops program. An early version of the musical premiere at Village Theatre in Washington state in 2005.
Composer/lyricist David Spangler brought the script to the attention of Producing Artistic Director Kevin Moore. “After their production at Village, the writers all went off to work on other projects,” says Moore. “Brian had this little show brewing called Next to Normal. In 2006, we workshopped the musical Nefertiti that David had written with Rick Gore. He and I stayed in touch, and in 2009 he told me about Play It by Heart, and that the writers all wanted to get back to it. I read it, listened to the songs and was hooked.”
The 2010 workshop proved to be a hit. “Our audiences loved it,” exclaims Moore. “Over and over I heard, ‘I’m usually not a country music fan, but I really liked this music and this show.’ It’s a universal story that speaks volumes about family and forgiveness—something that resonates with everyone.” He also praises the score for its potential for mass appeal. “It’s filled with so many ‘radio-worthy’ songs. I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear some of them on the airwaves soon.”
ABOUT PLAY IT BY HEART
It’s the passing of the torch in a country music dynasty as superstar Jeannine Jasper’s long career draws to a close. The changing world of the music industry is about to thrust her little sister, Jamie Lynn, into the spotlight. When an old flame comes calling, Jeannine envisions a quiet life offstage, but Jamie Lynn’s wild ways may cut short her time on top. Stage mother Naomi tries to keep control of her daughters until a scandalous secret comes to light and threatens to tear them apart. A musical about heartbreak and healing, this regional premiere comes alive with an exciting original score filled with new songs from the Nashville Sound to New Country by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor and R.T. Robinson and a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Brian Yorkey (If/Then, Next to Normal, upcoming The Last Ship).
Tickets for the preview performance of Play It by Heart on June 12 are $25 – $40. For all performances June 13 – July 6, tickets are $25 – $50, depending on availability, seating location and the day of the week desired. Student tickets are half price with valid ID. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Tickets and performance information on Play It by Heart are available at www.humanracetheatre.org or at Ticket Center Stage.
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