WESTON -- While the bold and brave new musical "Next to Normal" rocks the Weston Playhouse MainStage, a smaller but mighty new musical, "Loving Leo," opens at the Weston Rod and Gun Club July 18 and runs through Aug. 4.
In this intimate venue, audience members will take an up-close and personal journey with Broadway-accredited actors, and will be among the first to witness the piece brought to full production.
"Loving Leo" is the story of David (Michael Winther) and Lena (Lauren Mufson), whose childless marriage is re-examined and reaffirmed when they take in Lena’s aging stepfather. This touching story of an unconventional American family is beautifully delivered on the words and music of a young writing/composing team.
This is not the first original piece that Sara Cooper (book and lyrics) and Zach Redler (music) have worked on together. Their recent off-Broadway show "The Memory Show" was acclaimed by, among others, the Boston Globe, which called the show "emotionally sophisticated and dramatically astute."
"Loving Leo" is brought to Weston under the direction of Noah Himmelstein.
Both actors appearing in the Weston production have substantial tcredits. Mufson held a long run as the lead character, Donna, in the Broadway hit "Momma Mia!" Winther (Broadway: "Mamma Mia!," "1776," "Damn Yankees") was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in the one-man show "Songs from an Unmade Bed" at the New York Theater Workshop.
Developed in part by Cooper and Redler at a 2010 Artists Retreat in Weston, "Loving Leo" then went on to win Weston’s 2012 New Musical Award. Central to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s mission is to foster new works, musicals in particular, of national significance. Song selections from the show can be heard at zachredler.com/audio.html.
Performances of "Loving Leo" run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. The show is in one act and runs one hour, 25 minutes.
Tickets are $28 for adults, $14 for students. A select number of VTix are available at $15, first-come, first-served. Tickets can be purchased at the Playhouse Box Office, by telephone at 802-824-5288, or at www.westonplayhouse.org.