Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Broadway composer Andrew Lippa are taking the stage in New York City at Lincoln Center in I Am Harvey Milk. Chenoweth was awarded an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series on ABC's Pushing Daisies. She is well-known for her role of Glinda in Wicked. I Am Harvey Milk will be directed by Noah Himmelstein, theater and opera director. The show will be held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on October 6 for one night only. The performance will highlight the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well as the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus.
A seamless mixture of theater and music, I Am Harvey Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk’s life. Milk was the first openly gay man to in public office in the state of California. The story follows his political term until his assassination. I Am Harvey Milk features music by August Eriksmoen and choreography by Michele Lynch.
Chenoweth was recently seen in Great White Way in Promises, Promises. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Her many TV credits include Glee and The West Wing among others.
Andrew Lippa played the role of Harvey Milk in June, 2013 for the piece’s world premiere with the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Chorus and Tony® winner Laura Benanti. He wrote the music and lyrics for Big Fish, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
The world premiere of I Am Harvey Milk was last summer at the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' 35th Anniversary Celebration concert, "Harvey Milk 2013." A live recording of this event was released last year and topped the iTunes classical charts at number 2.
May 22 is Harvey Milk Day. It celebrates the birthday of this gay rights political pioneer. The U.S. Postal Service is creating a Harvey Milk commemorative stamp in Milk's honor.