Monday, July 21, 2014

EDGES, Mesa Community College, September 25 - 27, 2014

Edges is not a traditional musical; it is an exciting new show about four burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions. Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul--2007 Jonathan Larson Award Recipients--in their sophomore year at the University of Michigan, this contemporary song cycle carries an honest voice advocating introspection while maintaining wit and charm. 

Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Producer: SueAnne Lucius
Directed by Jere Van Patten
Music Directed by Cathy Hauan
Set Designer: Dori Brown
Costume Designer: Aurelie Flores
Lighting Designer: Troy Buckey
Hair & Makeup Designer: Melody Stuart
Stage Manager: Stefan Jorgensen

Jesse Thomas Foster
Rachel Heitkamp
Angelica McGrew
Kinsey Peotter
Brian Robertson
Jordan Woollen

"I don’t know what you were doing when you were 19 but I definitely wasn’t writing a collection of songs that within ten years would go on to receive over 200 productions around the world and launch a career that would include a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for the hit Broadway musical A Christmas Story. But that’s just what composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul did when they were students who were bored after being cast in small supporting parts in their college’s production of City of Angels. With a lot of free time on their hands they decided to start writing songs. The story songs they wrote became the song cycle Edges which just received its Arizona premiere this weekend from the Mesa Community College. While this song collection isn’t completely successful it does show two gifted song writers at the beginning of their career and the MCC production featured some talented singers and was another successful directing venture from Jere Van Patten." - Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway

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