Just sparkle like the sequins on your leotard.
The Olympic Games. Atlanta. 1996. Gymnasts Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug have worked their entire young lives to get here. With the whole world watching, can they survive the pressure to win the gold medal and see their faces on a Wheaties box?
May 25 - July 19, 2020
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
MEET THE TEAM
Julia Meinwald (Music) and Gordon Leary (Book & Lyrics) 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
Nikki DiLoreto (Director) is a Kentucky raised, NYC based director of new plays and musicals. Nikki is passionate about stories for and about women, reimagining the classics, stylistically adventurous new plays, and form-defying musicals. She has developed new plays, directed world premieres, and collaborated with artists including Gordon Leary & Julia Meinwald, Michelle J. Rodriguez, Matt Ketai, Cinco Paul, Molly Beach Murphy, Rachel Bonds, and Martyna Majok. Nikki was the Associate Director on David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's new musical SOFT POWER, from early workshops through its premiere at The Public Theatre in 2019. As a filmmaker she has directed multiple original works, including award winning series like The Weekend Detectives, and Ghost Girl. Nikki is a SDC Associate Member, an alum of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, a recipient of the Barn Arts Collective Residency, Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, and a participant in the SDCF Observership Program. BFA Boston University. nikkidiloreto.com
Alex Ratner (Music Director) is a musical theatre writer, music director and arranger. Alex graduated from Yale in 2015, where he wrote music and lyrics for three new musicals, including an adaptation of the novel and Warner Brothers film White Oleander (sublicense from Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures). His latest project is Tyrell, a musical parody-prequel to HBO's Game of Thrones, which made its London debut in February as part of MTFestUK at the Turbine Theatre. A concept album of highlights from Tyrell, starring Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, was released in November, and has since been streamed in close to 20 countries. As a member of the BMI Workshop, Alex won the Jerry Harrington Award, as well as the Jean Banks Award for his 10-minute musical, Salad Days. Recent MD and associate MD credits include The Bobby Darin Story, starring Jonathan Groff (92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists), and the world premiere of Columbus Is Happening by Stew, the Tony-winning writer of Passing Strange (Joe's Pub). Other credits: War Paint (Broadway), Far From Heaven (Williamstown; Playwrights Horizons) and The Flamingo Kid (Hartford Stage). As an arranger, Alex adapted the score of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, Junior for MTI, and wrote vocal arrangements as a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest a cappella singing group in the country. He teaches on behalf of Disney Musicals in Schools, an arts education initiative sponsored by Disney Theatrical Group which jumpstarts theatre programs in underserved elementary schools across the country. www.alexratnermusic.com / @alexratner