Suzanne Vega, a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, has partnered with Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik to premiere a brand new workshop for their upcoming musical at the Texas Alley Theatre.
Their musical, Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers, tells the story of the renowned Southern writer. The musical will be a part of the new initiative by AlleyTheatre to bring in and support playwrights and brand new work for the masses.
Vega and Mary Chieffo will both perform within the musical, while Jackson Gay is set to direct the entire performance at the theatre. Vega is known for producing quality folk music, which has already earned her seven Grammy nominations in the past. Sheik, on the other hand, has won two Tony Awards and a single Grammy for Spring Awakening, a musical he previously worked on. His work was seen on Broadway not long ago in the form of American Psycho, which had a short-lived run on the big stage, but found a cult following through its storytelling and performance.
The workshops for Lover, Beloved will be completely free for those interested in attending. The public may gain attendance on August 23 and 26. The performances will include post-show discussions with both the artists involved and Elizabeth Frankel, the Alley Theatre Director of New Works.
The Alley Theatre has produced a number of musicals and plays, including classics and modern plays. Lately, however, the theatre has focused on producing new work for the masses. They previously received a Special Tony Award for Oustanding Regional Theatre.