The Truman Show: A Musical

"The Truman Show's" Seahaven was always a picture of a fairy tale land, in this new incarnation it also sings.

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The Truman Show: A Musical

Music by Alexander Gemignani Lyrics by Brad Bauner Based on the original film by Andrew Niccol Directed by Kent Nicholson scenic Design by David Wade


Bloomington Playwrights Project Theatre

Feb 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 @ 7:30p & Feb 3 & 10 @ 2pm,

Bloomington Playwrights Project

This year’s joint Bloomington Playwrights Project-IU Musical Theatre Program collaboration is a classy premiere of The Truman Show: A Musical. It’s based on the 1998 movie that stared Jim Carrey.

Once again the innocent Truman is the center of  attention in an international TV program created by the wily Christof  in the world of Seahaven, and this time Truman is  singing.

The book and lyrics are by Brad Bauner with music by Alexander Gemignani. The music  is  well delivered by the strong cast of IU students. It’s mostly in declamatory mode that doesn’t relax much even in the occasional moments reflection. The first act  that sets things up is the most successful and varied. The second act relies on reprises and may well be  offer a bit more breathing room and be more fleshed out in future productions..

Nat Zegree was an engagingly unaware Truman. Chloe Williamson was his brittle wife of eight years. Claire Drews had the majority of the show’s comic moments as Truman’s curmudgeonly, manipulative mother.  Maddie Shea Baldwin was the rebel actress who’s caught his eye. Kurt Semmler brought a bit of warmth to the role of Truman’s best friend. David Sheehan played the conflicted TV master mind Christof.

Direction is by guest Kent Nicholson with the BPP’s Chad Rabinovitz. Musical direction is by Eric Anderson. Set design for Truman’s world of Seahaven and Christoph’s control room are by David Wade.

If you have fond memories of the original film, this will be a opportunity to revisit the characters and the themes. If you haven’t seen the movie, this can stand by itself or be a nice introduction.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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