The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) released the original cast recording of oratorio I Am Harvey Milk last week and the album has already shot up the charts to hit number 2 on the iTunes classical music chart. The audio was recorded live at the SFGMC 35th Anniversary Concert "Harvey Milk 2013" this June where the 300-man group was joined by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party) who wrote the music and words and played Harvey Milk, Tony Award-winner Lauran Benanti (Gypsy) as the Soprano Soloist and Noah Marlowe (Mary Poppins, Fun Home) as young Harvey and accompanied by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Lippa recently told Playbill.com that the show will be performed in New York City next year in a major venue with a cast of 400 on stage. Listen to "You Are Here" below.
I Am Harvey Milk is part choral work and part theater piece and follows the story of Milk's life from his childhood to his rise as the first out man to hold public office in California to his tragic assassination. The album can be ordered via SFGMC or downloaded instantly on iTunes.
I Am Harvey Milk was commissioned by the SFGMC, along with Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, and Heartland Men's Chorus. Upcoming presentations of I Am Harvey Milk include Twin City Gay Men's Chorus and Heartland Men's Chorus in March 2014 and Dayton Gay Men's Chorus and Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in June 2014.
I Am Harvey Milk is conducted by Dr. Timothy Seelig, orchestrated by August Eriksmoen, and features the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus accompanied by Carl Pantle on piano and members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. I Am Harvey Milk at Nourse Theatre was produced by Bruce Cohen, in association with Robb Nanus and Jessica Leventhal, directed by Noah Himmelstein, and Video and Projection Design by Andrew Lazarow. The cast recording was produced and mixed by multi-Grammy award winner Leslie Anne Jones at Skywalker Sound.