A new musical on Jesus titled “His Story,” will debut in a “tent village” north of Dallas in Texas on May 5. The musical has been written by Anna Miriam Brown, a sixteen-year-old homeschooled girl, who is the daughter of Christian missionaries. The show came to fruition through the collaboration between Broadway veterans Bruce Lazarus and Jeff Calhoun and producers of “Duck Dynasty,” Willie and Korie Robertson. Inspired by the “Hamilton album,” Brown felt that God guided her to share faith via music. The “tent village,” where the musical will debut, will house up to 1,300 people, who will sit in velvet seats placed around the stage in the main tent.
Religion News Service reports:
(RNS) — Sixteen-year-old Anna Miriam Brown didn’t know how to play piano in 2017, but she knew God was calling her to write a musical.
The homeschooled daughter of evangelical missionaries, Brown was sitting in a bus recovering from heat stroke on a mission trip in Kenya when a friend played her the hit “Hamilton” album. Brown thought musicals were cheesy but was stirred by the rap-infused songs about the ambitious Founding Father.
“I was praying and talking to God, and I felt like God spoke to me and told me that my way of sharing the faith I’d found wasn’t going to be through traveling or telling people the old-fashioned way,” Brown told Religion News Service. “It was going to be through music, and through the way this ‘Hamilton’ musical had impacted me.”
On May 5, “His Story” — a new musical about the life of Jesus with book, music and lyrics by Brown — will begin previews just north of Dallas in a “tent village” designed and built for the show’s open-ended run. Audiences of up to 1,300 will sit in plush, velvet seats surrounding the stage in the main tent, which is rigged with heating and air conditioning.
The show was made possible through an unexpected alliance of Broadway veterans and evangelical celebrities. Bruce Lazarus (who produced “Say Goodnight Gracie,” nominated for best play at the 2003 Tony Awards) and Jeff Calhoun (who was nominated for best director at the 2012 Tony Awards for “Newsies”) joined producers Willie and Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.
The entire process has felt “blessed,” according to Calhoun.
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