Genre: Drama, Musical
Written by Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

 THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY is docu-drama in nature, drawn principally from interviews The Civilians have conducted with people involved with or affected by the mega-church movement in Colorado Springs.

A play with music, THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY was created from interviews by Emily Ackerman, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brad Herberlee, Stephen Plunkett, Alison Weller and the authors with actual persons over the course of 10 weeks in Colorado Springs. Every leading church in the area participated in the project, as did numerous civic organizations, progressive activists, and individuals from all walks of life.

The cast  includes Emily Ackerman, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brad Heberlee, Brandon Miller, Stephen Plunkett and Alison Weller, along with musicians Chris Biesterfeldt , Benjamin Campbell and Richard Huntley. Music direction is by Erik James.


About the Company: Vineyard Theatre

The Vineyard received its first Tony Award with AVENUE Q, winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Other productions of note at The Vineyard include two Pulitzer Prize-winners, Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN and Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE; Craig Lucas' THE DYING GAUL, Becky Mode's FULLY COMMITTED, AFTER ASHLEY by Gina Gionfriddo and WHERE DO WE LIVE by Christopher Shinn; as well as premieres of new works by Nicky Silver, Kirsten Childs, Polly Pen, Cornelius Eady and Doug Wright. The Vineyard's hit musical [title of show] received three OBIE awards for its creators, Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, and its director, Michael Berresse. Douglas Aibel is the Artistic Director of Vineyard Theatre; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is the Executive Director.

Preview:   02/03/09
Open:   02/22/09
Close:   03/15/09

Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.
Theater:   Vineyard Theatre
Address:   108 East 15 Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$60. A limited number of student rush tickets are available for $20
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