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The Irish Repertory Theatre


The Piper

New Musical Workshop

Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Music and Lyrics by Marcus Hummon
Book by Michael Aman and Marcus Hummon
Directed by Michael Bush
Musical Direction by Steven Ray Watkins


John Armstrong, John Cariani,   Robert Cuccioli,   Leah Edwards, Katie Emery, Wendy Fox, Brittney Lee Hamilton,
Jeremiah James, Michael Marcotte, Marcie McGuigan, Doreen Montalvo, Christiane Noll, Jeff Williams


     The Piper is a Victorian melodrama told in the tradition of Irish pub storytelling. The musical is set in Boston's Scollay Square in the late 19th century, amid brothels, violent gangs vying for turf, and the insidious presence of a "strangler." The Piper follows the story of Jordan, a woman who runs a boarding house, her polio-stricken daughter who possesses magical abilities, and a mysterious boarder who becomes the primary suspect in the search for a serial killer.

     Nashville-based composer and musician Marcus Hummon earned a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Country Song for co-writing "Bless the Broken Road," recorded by Rascal Flatts. He has also co-written hit songs for such top country artists as the Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Alabama, among others. In addition to The Piper, initially presented as part of the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Hummon's musicals include Warrior (NYMF 2006) and American Duet. His opera, Surrender Road, was staged by the Nashville Opera Company.

Michael Aman wrote the book and lyrics for Becoming Tennessee (Richard Rogers Award Finalist, 2009). Other credits include the musicals Secrets of Songwriting, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (2005 NYMF), and Let Me Sing! A Musical Evolution, and his play The Unbleached American.

Director Michael Bush earned a 2009 NYMF Award for Excellence In Direction for Hurricane. Other NYMF credits include Hummon's Warrior and The Piper, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, and To Paint The Earth. He is the former director of artistic production for Manhattan Theatre Club. He was associated with MTC for over 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 150 new plays and musicals. At MTC, he directed Based on a Totally True Story. He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's Cabaret & Performance Conference (2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award), and has served as its artistic director since 2005. Under his guidance, the conference has developed over 50 new works, including [title of show] and The Story Of My Life. He recently directed and conceived Leslie Uggams' Uptown Downtown at the Pasadena Playhouse and helmed the Off-Broadway revival of Cactus Flower. He is the artistic director and finale director of Fidelity Futurestage.

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