Molly is an organized, responsible, by-the-book young woman who lives her life by a to-do list and a plan. On the morning before her 25th birthday (also the 1-year anniversary of her father’s death,) we find Molly packing for Paris – the trip her dad had always wanted to take her on, but she never made the time. Now she plans to visit the Eiffel Tower in his honor and scatter his ashes. Shortly before leaving for the airport, her fiancé has to bail on their trip. Her now solo trip goes immediately awry and left with no money, ID, hotel and minimal language skills, she must rely on her own chutzpah and the kindness of a French family to help her. A new relationship challenges her in ways she’s never experienced, bringing her to major realizations about herself and the seemingly perfect life she left behind in California. “City of Light” is a charming new musical of self-discovery, friendship, and listening to your heart.
Having come through the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s Core Curriculum program together Jan, Julie and Gabi decided to embark on the journey of Full Length Curriculum together, where they wrote an entire draft of a new musical from September to April (yes, that’s 9 months, people). Working off an idea that Julie had in 2010 earlier, they wrote and rewrote and rewrote and… you get the idea all the way up until it’s first draft presentation. Here’s how the rest went down:
6/1/13 – Presented their first staged reading, directed by Leslie Stevens, of the first draft of “City of Light” to 100+ people at ANMT in North Hollywood, CA. Received critique by three music theater professionals (Elise Dewsberry, Scott, Guy, Jake Anthony)
10/25/13 – Table read at ANMT for the upcoming staged concert reading at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.
12/3/13 – ANMT ( renamed NMI) produced and presented the second draft of “City of Light”, per above, at The Colony Theatre in Burbank (a 268-seat Equity house theatre)
1/26/14 – “City of Light” was selected for the full-length musical slot at PlayFest Santa Barbara, an annual new works festival in Santa Barbara, Ca. Playfest SB produced a full concert reading, presented at the Garvin Theatre at the SBCC campus. A “talk back” session was held with the audience and producers after the reading.
5/10/14 – Table read of third draft held for producer (John Sparks) and director (Alison Kalmus.) A “black box” developmental workshop production was planned with the 4×10 Theatre Company, slated for September/October 2014.
8/15/14 – First table read with new cast for production. And… we’re already…
9/19/14 – 10/5/14
The workshop production ran for 3 weekends with John Sparks’ helming the 4×10 Theatre Company‘s production. 2 weekends at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and 1 at ANMT/NMI in Noho.
Selected for Dreamworks/ASCAP’s annual Musical Theatre Workshop and presented the first 50 minutes of our show at Dreamworks for Stephen Schwartz, Bill Damaschke and Susan Dietz. And as always…
Dramaturgical session with Cady Huffman (possible future director for COL)
Selected for NYC Women’s Work Festival, running July 6-16 2017 in the East Village, at the Connelly Theatre.