Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
Running time: 96 minutes
CAST: 9 women, 2 men
It is also the preference of the authors that the actor playing a Vision from 1984 be close in age to the 16-year old Mary Lou Retton, in contrast to the actors portraying the Magnificent Seven gymnasts.
BAND: Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums
Orchestrations & Arrangements by Julia Meinwald
SETTING: In and around the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, July 21-23, 1996
A note about the staging from the writers:
Gymnastics never needs to be done onstage. (In fact, we'd prefer if it isn't attempted!) The gymnastics can be represented in any number of ways - dance, movement, projection, animation, shadow puppets, bunraku puppets, marionettes, anything you can come up with - throughout the show.
Julia Meinwald (Music, Orchestrations & Vocal Arrangements) and Gordon Leary (Book & Lyrics; they/them) write aggressively empathetic musical theatre. Their work includes The Loneliest Girl in the World (2018 Diversionary Theatre premiere, 2016 NAMT Festival, 2015 Polyphone Festival, 2014 Ars Nova OutLoud Series), Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse premiere, 2011 NAMT Festival, 2011 Yale Institute, 2011 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award), REB+VoDKa+ME (2017 NYU Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop, 2017 Yale Institute, 2016 Civilians' FINDINGS Series), Something Blue (2019 Page 73, 2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Disappeared (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and the short film Galaxy Comics (2014 United Airlines in-flight programming.) They have developed work with the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Ars Nova's Uncharted, The Civilians' R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper's Playground Playgroup, the Musical Theatre Factory, the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Page 73's Interstate 73. Julia was a participant in the New Dramatists Composer Librettist Development Program, a resident with American Lyric Theatre, and received the 2018 Discovery Grant from OPERA America. Her other musicals include Elevator Heart (2019 THML Theatre Co, 2016 Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop) and Jack Perry Is Alive and Dating (2011 NYMF Next Link selection.) Gordon's other musicals include Across the River (2013 Seoul Musical Festival, 2009 Daegu International Musical Festival) and Cheer Wars (2015 York Theatre, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.) Both are 2007 alumni of the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. gordonandjulia.com / @gordonandjuliamusicals