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This Beautiful City - Full Length Musical

This Beautiful City

Civilians, The, Jim Lewis, Michael Friedman, Steven Cosson

Full Length Musical

3m, 3f

THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY investigates the growth of the evangelical movemen…

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Full Length Musical


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THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY investigates the growth of the evangelical movement in Colorado Springs. While The Civilians were conducting interviews with people involved with or affected by the mega-church movement and the battle raging over gay marriage, the scandal broke about New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, which shook the entire city of Colorado Springs, providing the play's creators with an unprecedented opportunity to capture an important event as it was taking place, and providing the people of Colorado Springs with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns as those events unfolded. THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY is a fascinating and timely look at faith and how it affects the American landscape.
"Engaging, inquisitive and evenhanded work of theater about the transformation of an American city and many American lives." —NY Times. "A fascinating crazy quilt on faith's role in American life." —Variety. "An entertaining and thoughtful portrait of a large segment of society." —NY Post. "Praise the Lord and pass the tape recorder! A lively docudrama with a generosity of spirit." —Associated Press.


3m, 3f


Expandable casting, Flexible casting


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Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis won Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Book for a Musical for his adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Also with Graciela Daniele, he wrote Dangerous Games and Tango Apaisionado. Other credits include Ballet Hispanico's Nightclub (libretto); Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (narration); and Paul Dresher's The Tyrant (libretto) while his ... view full profile

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman has composed music and lyrics for The Civilians' Canard, Canard, Goose?, Gone Missing, and (I am) Nobody's Lunch, as well as music for many productions in New York, London, and regionally. He is currently working on an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with Annie Weisman for the La Jolla Playhouse, and musicals for the Kennedy Center and Huntington Theatre. He is an Artistic ... view full profile

Steven Cosson

Steven Cosson founded The Civilians in 2001. With the company: co-writer and director of Paris Commune, which was recently produced at the Public Theater, and previously at La Jolla Playhouse; co-writer and director of This Beautiful City which premiered at the 2008 Humana Festival with productions at Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre and The Vineyard Theatre; ... view full profile

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