New musical FACING EAST, based on the stirring play by Carol Lynn Pearson, which tells the story of an upstanding Mormon family dealing with the suicide of their gay son, played a one night only concert in Grand Prairie, Texas at the Uptown Theatre on August 27, 2013.
The musical features a book by Mark Eugene Garcia (STANDBY-THE MUSICAL) and an original score by David Rigano (THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE, SOUTH DAKOTA) with orchestrations by Daniel Klintworth and musical direction by Adam C. Wright. The Uptown Theatre Concert stars Peter DiCesare, Julie Johnson, Jason Kane and Max Swarner.
The Uptown Theatre concert is the first time FACING EAST has featured a full band (a previous concert at the Greenhouse Theatre Center in Chicago featured only a piano and a cello.) Following the first full band rehearsal executive producer Nathan Gardner said “Daniel Klintworth has done an amazing job orchestrating and the band sound pretty fantastic.”
Cast member Peter DiCesare also debuted the song ‘Still Standing’ from the musical at the Uptown Theatre’s regular concert night “Mama’s Party” on the 26th of August.
Sean Bryan, associate producer of the musical, says “FACING EAST’s message of acceptance and love is so significant right now. Whilst we’ve seen many advances in the fight for equality the disheartening news of late from Russia is a poignant reminder that the battle is not yet won, and why a musical with a story such as this is so important to tell.”
A portion of the profits from the one night only concert will support Resource Center Dallas, a trusted leader that empowers the LGBT community and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities, and providing transformative education and advocacy.
FACING EAST is produced by Nathan Gardner in association with Sean Bryan, Deborah Barrigan and The New Colony. Uptown Theatre Concert produced in association with Doug Voet.
For more information about Facing East visit facingeastthemusical.com