One-Woman Rock Musical TRANS AM by Lisa Stephen Friday will hold a public workshop at the Hangar Theater

TRANS AM, a groundbreaking new solo rock musical written by and performed by actress/musician/rock star Lisa Stephen Friday (her/her), with musical supervision and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (Tony Award best orchestrations for Kinky Boots, Tony and Drama Desk Awards for co-orchestration of the Book of Mormon), gets its final development in August at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY. Led by Fred Berman (currently starring in Broadway’s The Lion King), four public workshop performances will play on the Hangar’s outdoor stage August 18-21.

New York-based producer Tequila Talking Theatrical, LLC seeks a larger life for the touching, funny, irreverent and provocative autobiographical musical that reflects the deeply human experience of a trans woman. It also happens that the human experience of this trans woman seriously changes. Hard.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Friday’s band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday were cult darlings of punk-pop and glam-rock headlining New York clubs like CBGB, The Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge and many others. They toured the country, sharing the stage with Pat Benatar, The Psychedelic Furs, The Motels, Indigo Girls and others as one of the only bands with a trans singer at the time.

In a previous development at the Keegan Theater in Washington, DC, the show featured nothing but Lisa and her guitar, playing the personal and powerful songs that put her band on the map. Music coordinator and orchestrator Stephen Oremus and music director Ada Westfall enhanced the already electric score by adding a stunning four-piece band to the proceedings.

“I am excited to further develop TRANS AM as part of the Hangar flight test development series,” Ms. Friday said. “The creative team has been hard at work, and we’re making new discoveries that help make the musical story of my life not just my story, but a universal story.”

Friday’s music and stories range from intense punk expression to an anthem rock ballad confession, moving between Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday songs and Lisa’s gripping and meaningful stories exploring identity and life. membership.

“We are thrilled to direct this important and timely play,” said producer Jeff Gurner of Tequila Talking Theatrical. “Lisa is an extraordinary storyteller, actress and musician who has led a fascinating life. TRANS AM is necessary theater in today’s rapidly changing cultural landscape. It definitely disrupts the status quo while being funny, intense, moving and endlessly entertaining.”

Friday sought to provide opportunities for musicians in the LGBTQ+ community when she and Westfall brought the band together for the Hangar Workshop. Westfall (she/her) will play additional guitar, and the rest of the band is rounded out by Sarah Schardt (they/they) on drums, Colleen Countryman (she/her) on keyboard and Emma Vulnerability (she/her) on vocals. low.

For tickets and information about the Hangar Theater run, visit https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2189546®id=134&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fhangartheatre.org%2Fevent% 2Fhangar-flight -test-trans-am%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1.

Tequila Talking Theatrical is in talks with investors and other regional theaters to continue to develop TRANS AM for future regional and/or New York life. Learn more about TRANS AM at https://www.tequilatalkingtheatrical.com/trans-am.

The producers and star/creator are available for interviews related to this project.

Here is how the Hangar Theater characterizes TRANS AM:

“A groundbreaking new rock musical. Lisa Stephen Friday divulges the sorrows and joys of leading the punk rock band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday in the 1990s and 2000s. This autobiographical play featuring the band’s music tells the story of creation and personal journey as a trans rock musician TRANS AM is a vulnerable portrait of the struggle to live an authentic life out loud and the humor needed to confront the senseless way society treats gender. ‘otherness.