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‘A Letter to Harvey Milk’ gets new lease of life

The hit LGBTQ play will livestream in April for charity.

San Francisco. 1986. What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher, have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide?

When Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who’s dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie but Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. Barbara is stunned. Harry’s letter evokes life-changing revelations that neither could have foreseen. With its soaring score and deeply-felt, surprisingly funny lyrics, this musical deals with issues of friendship and loss, the grip of the past, and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by the most unexpected people.

The Off-Broadway musical, A Letter to Harvey Milk, presented at Theatre Row in 2018, will be presented as a benefit online beginning April 22 at 7 PM and running through 25, 2021. 

Based on the short story ” A Letter to Harvey Milk” by Lesléa Newman, the musical features music by Laura I. Kramer, lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, with additional lyrics by Cheryl Stern, book by Jerry James, Laura I. Kramer, Ellen M. Schwartz, and Cheryl Stern. Directed by Evan Pappas with music direction by Jeffrey Lodin, orchestrations by Ned Ginsburg, casting by Stephanie Klapper. Set design/ virtual background by David Arsenault. A Letter to Harvey Milk stars Adam Helle, Julia Knitel, Cheryl Stern along with Michael Bartoli, Jeremy Greenbaum, Aury Krebs, and Ravi Roth.

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK: April 22 at 7 PM through April 25, 2021

Tickets are $10 – $50 and can be purchased at StellarTickets.com

Money raised will benefit the Actors Fund and HIAS.

HIAS is the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers in 16 countries. The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.

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