Friday, June 28, 2013

Musicals / Industry News

New Release - LEAP OF FAITH

Love will get you every time…and one charismatic con-man is about to find that out. The “Reverend” Jonas Nightingale, an electrifying performer and con artist, is travelling with his ministry when his bus breaks down in a small Kansas town. The part-time reverend and full-time crook pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival. The sheriff, a woman named Marla McGowan, is determined to stop Jonas from separating the townspeople from their money, and Jonas' real challenge arises when he meets the sheriff and her son, whose love forces an ultimate cynic to take a real leap of faith.


Based on the Motion Picture

Two Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated PG


LEAP OF FAITH is based on the 1992 American dramedy of the same name. The film starred Steve Martin, Debra Winger, and Liam Neeson. The movie plot was adapted to a musical, which received its first series of workshops in May of 2008. In early 2010, the musical was given a developmental workshop with director Rob Ashford. LEAP OF FAITH made its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on September 11, 2010. The Los Angeles run was a limited engagement and was positively received. Just last spring, LEAP OF FAITH moved to Broadway on April 3, 2012 at the St. James Theatre and featured four-time Tony Award® nominee Raul Esparza (Cabaret, Company) as Jonas Nightingale. The Broadway transfer was directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (who both worked on “Memphis”). The musical was nominated for several Drama Desk Awards as well as the Best Musical category for the 2012 Tony Awards.


Featuring a roof-raising score by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), the LEAP OF FAITH score is inspired by the sounds of gospel, country, and American roots music. The creative team also includes book writers Janus Cercone and Tony®-winner Warren Leight (SIDE MAN) and Grammy®-winning lyricist Glenn Slater (TANGLED).


Watch Scenes from LEAP OF FAITH Broadway

Leap of Faith


This toe-tapping musical tells the story of “Reverend” Jonas Nightingale, an electrifying performer and rabble-rouser, who’s travelling with his ministry. When his bus breaks down in the middle of this small Kansas town, Jonas plans an impromptu revival to take the entire town for a ride. The some-time reverend pitches a tent and invites the townspeople to his revival; however, the sheriff, a woman named Marla McGowan, is determined to stop Jonas from taking the people’s money. Jonas is challenged when he becomes romantically involved with the sheriff. Her love forces the cynical Reverend to come to terms with his life.

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