New Musical Premiere, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown at OCPAC
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Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by American icon Tennessee Williams sizzles with passion and greed. Learn More
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Featured review from Katie Lindquist
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The venue was awesome. For $7.50 we sat in the 4th row, and you can't beat that. The lyrics and the story were a bit young and simple. There were funny moments and touching moments, and overall I did enjoy it. It's definitely most suitable for young women (19-30) as they can most relate to the story and the girl's situation. My fiance didn't really enjoy it. The voices of the actors were absolutely wonderful. Their voices alone deserve 4 stars.
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I thought the singing was very good and enjoyed the story. It is a work in progress, but that doesn't take away anything. Perhaps some others didn't like the ending because it wasn't Disney enough. But most playwrights are more creative...continued
About the show
From the award-winning team of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is the highly-charged story of a high school valedictorian struggling with life-changing decisions about sex, love, college and the impact the paths she chooses will have on the rest of her life. The new musical is being developed by Broadway Across America, Laurel Oztemel and Beth Williams and is directed by Daniel Goldstein.
“The Center has enjoyed a long and rewarding partnership with Broadway Across America,” said Center President Terrence W. Dwyer. “Our Broadway series has brought all of the big hits from Broadway to the Center for many, many years. Now, with The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, our audiences will be part of the development and creative process on the show’s hopeful journey to Broadway.”
“Launching The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown is an exciting new step in the Center’s commitment to nurturing and opening doors for the next generation of composers, playwrights and performers,” Dwyer continued. “We are thrilled to be part of the developmental process of this new musical from Brian and Kait, two innovative and exciting talents whose ideas resonate with today’s audiences.”
What to expect
This is a unique opportunity for those who love theatre to be a part of the process that takes a theatrical piece from its early stages to the big stage. Your participation as an audience member during the run of_ The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown_ will be essential to providing the show with great insight and valuable feedback needed to take that next step to Broadway.
The intimacy of the Samueli Theater serves as an ideal stage for creators Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk to observe their musical as it develops. This engagement will be the first time they get to see and hear this new work as a fully staged incarnation. The music, lyrics, book and performances will develop throughout the rehearsal process, then will continue to evolve once Samantha Brown is shared with an audience. As a result, no two performances will be alike. After each, the creators and the actors will stand back, evaluate and make adjustments that will focus and strengthen their concept. We encourage you to attend more than one performance to note changes and enhancements. The involvement of the Center’s audiences will ensure that their message and intent are fully realized.
Just as this musical is about Samantha Brown the person’s life journey; these performances at the Center are part of Samantha Brown the musical’s creative journey.