THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HEATHER, Paul Gordon’s new musical, will benefit from a two-week development lab

Amas Musical Theatre, in association with Jim Kierstead and The Broadway Factor, will present a two-week development lab of The Gospel According to Heather, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). There will be two (2) performances: Thursday July 28 at 2:30 p.m. and Friday July 29 at 1:00 p.m. The seats are limited. RSVP to [email protected] For more information, visit www.amasmusical.org.

In The Gospel According to Heather, Heather Krebs just wants a boyfriend. But how can she even make her way through high school if she could be the New Messiah? A small town in Ohio grapples with politics, religion and teenage romance in this eclectic pop musical.

“I am thrilled to be working with Paul Gordon whose work I have admired for so long,” says Donna Trinkoff. “The Gospel According to Heather is an offbeat pop musical that asks questions about feelings of ‘otherness’ and the dogma of religion. These are good questions for our time.”

“When longtime friend and collaborator Paul Gordon spoke about his latest work, I couldn’t have been more blown away by this wonderful piece,” said Jim Kierstead. “It includes all the messages I want to convey to the world in this loving, quirky and one-of-a-kind musical. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

Directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein, the cast includes Travis Artz (Awesome 80s Prom), Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen), Badia Farha (School of Rock), Gabriella Green (Fiddler on the Roof – Nat’l tour), Darren Hayes (Notes as of now), Bryson Jacobi Jackson, Nancy Opel (Wicked), Marissa Rosen (Bedbugs The Musical), Adi Roy (Jagged Little Pill), Chloe Gabriella McSwain and Brittany Nicole Williams (The Prom). The manager is Morgan Holbrook. Casting by Stephanie Klapper Casting.

Biographies

Paul Gordon (Book/Music/Lyrics) was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics for the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility. He received the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics from Daddy Long Legs, which had productions worldwide, and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, and three Outer Critic Circle Awards. . His musicals Pride and Prejudice, Emma, ​​No One Called Ahead and Estella Scrooge can be streamed on StreamingMusicals.com. paulgordonmusic.com

Rachel Klein (director/choreographer) Off-Broadway Direction: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre/with music from the Grateful Dead); Around the World in 80 Days (The Davenport Theatre); The Anthem (“What makes this show pop is the invigorating vision of its director, Rachel Klein.” – The New York Times). NYC selected: Tink! (NYMF); More Than All the World (adapted from Edward II by Marlowe); Cirque du Cirque (The House of Yes). Regional Selection: The Suffragist (Gallagher Bluedorn Theatre, IA), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Co-Lab Arts NJ), 54 The Musical (The House of Independents NJ). Ms. Klein is the director/showrunner of the hit audio series, The World to Come, frequent choreographer for Night of 1000 Stevies, founding member of Iconoclast Theater Collective, and directed Michael Musto’s charity roast to raise funds for the Callen Lorde Community Health Center, which featured appearances by Rosie O’Donnell, Bruce Vilanch and Bianca Del Rio. For more information: www.rachelkleindirector.com.

Jodie A. Moore (musical director) – Broadway: Six, Tina, Caroline or Change Revival, Waitress, If/Then, American Idiot, Hair, 9 to 5 the Musical, Spring Awakening and Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp The Musical, Rent, Toxic Avenger. 1st National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Aida, Rent and Footloose The Musical. She has played in many Broadway and Off-Broadway orchestras. His biggest credits are his daughters, Sofia and Hattie.

Amas Musical Theater (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theater organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas (“love you” in Latin) is dedicated to creating, developing and professionally producing new American musicals, celebrating cultural equity and minority perspectives, nurturing new artistic talent and training and encouraging inner-city youth. people. Amas celebrates its impact in the pioneering multi-ethnic casting of American theater and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society. In recent years, Amas has become a leading nonprofit laboratory for new musicals, the most recent being Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, ¡Americano!, Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou and Red Eye of Love, which received the Joseph A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography. His production of The Other Josh Cohen received six 2013 Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Musical, a 2013 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical, and a 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best New Musical. Other shows developed by Amas include A Taste of Chocolate, Triassic Parq, The Countess of Storyville, Distant Thunder, Marry Harry, Me and Miss Monroe, Aesop & Company, Signs of Life, Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don’t!, 4 Guys Named Jose and Stormy Weather: Reimagining Lena Horne. Amas’ educational programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Academy of Musical Theater, Lens on Live Theater and in-school theater arts residencies designed in partnership with elementary, middle and high schools.

Jim Kierstead (producer) is an Emmy, Olivier and six-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto and London productions of Kinky Boots, the Pippin revival, Hadestown, The Inheritance, Company and The Lehman Trilogy . Founder of digital content company Broadway Virtual. Upcoming: Borrowed, The Red Light.

Broadway Factor is a theater production company dedicated to promoting diversity and fostering new voices in American theater. It was co-founded by Jim Kierstead, William Fernandez, Deborah Ramirez and the late George Cabrera. Broadway Factor was executive producer of Miami’s longest-running immersive play, The Amparo Experience.