"I Am Harvey Milk," a new oratorio from Tony and Grammy nominee Andrew Lippa, will make its world premiere in June at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 35th anniversary.
The composer, who penned the music and lyrics for Broadway's "The Addams Family," also will star as the late gay rights activist, alongside Tony-winner Laura Benanti ("Gypsy"). Tickets range from $25 to $65.
The show – part choral performance, part theater – traces Milk’s life from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man in the United States to hold public office.
The production, featuring a 30-piece orchestra and a chorus of 300, will play two shows June 27 and 28 to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Milk’s assassination.