Words and Music Concert Reading in October PDF Print E-mail

Now and Then a Hero

  by Jake Anthony and Larry Todd Johnson

Monday October 22 at 7:30 P.M.

Light Opera Works Second Stage at 1420 Maple (at Lake – the MacGaw YMCA Children’s Center)
Post show - a coffee and cookies reception to meet the authors and artists of Now and Then a Hero
R.S.V.P. and Ticketing Information:

Tickets are $15
at Light Opera Works box office by phone at (847) 920-5360 or at the door


Midwest New Musicals and Light Opera Works invite you to Now and Then a Hero by Jake Anthony and Larry Todd Johnson, aget-attachment-24 250
concert reading of Words and Music, a series of new musicals in progress.

In a series of ten short musicals, contrasting pairs of ordinary heroes -- then and now, Now and Then a Hero explores how ordinary folks
can do extraordinarily heroic things. Based on true stories, the musical introduces us to a WWI nurse and her equivalent in modern
day Iraq; a pair of coal-miners; a Chinese immigrant worker in the 30’s and a rising Chinese-American journalist in 2010; two political
feminists; and a powerful pair of African-American quiet heroes.

Now and Then a Hero is directed by Jeff Dumas and music directed by Linda Slein Madonia. The cast features
Audrey Billings-Stone, Katherine Condit, James Earl Jones II, Elizabeth Lanza, James Rank and Michael Swisher.
The stage manager is Alicia A. Lees. Midwest New Musicals is lead by workshop director John Sparks.

Jake Anthony (music) works as a composer, vocal coach and music director in the Los Angeles area. His theater work includes Snoopy
at the McCadden Place Theater and the west coast premiers of Splendora and Songs from an Unmade Bed at Celebration Theater. Jake
serves as the music director of the Performers’ Workshop at the Academy for New Musical Theatre and as conductor of Perpetual Surrey,
LA’s first choral ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of theatrical choral music. As a composer Jake wrote the mini-musical Oh
God, We’re Gonna Die! with Jeff Marx, co-author of Avenue Q, and Wanting Miss Julie, an adaptation of Strindberg’s play, with John Sparks
(book) and Patricia Zehentmayr (lyrics).

Larry Todd Johnson (book & lyrics) is a book writer and lyricist originally from Southern California. Written with composer Cindy
O’Connor, his musical 40 is the New 15 received a 2010 GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. The
musical was also chosen to be part of the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. Larry and Cindy won the Kennedy Center National
Playwright’s Award as well as the ACTF Musical Theater Award for their work on the musical-drama All That He Was. The show toured
nationally, appeared at the Kennedy Center, had a successful professional run in Los Angeles, and represented the United States in The
Festival Vox Humana in Barcelona, Spain.

Midwest New Musicals is an ongoing forum where lyricists, composers and book writers create and discuss their work. Midwest New
Musicals is a resident arm of Light Opera Works, Chicago’s specialists in operetta and musical theater.

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