New Musical! Stone and Sparrow by Alex Ratner
September 10, 2018
A new musical with an entirely acoustic pop/folk score by up-and-coming composer Alex Ratner, and book by librettist Laurel Durning-Hammond, Stone and Sparrow is a period drama about one family’s move from the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to a coal mining town on the eve of the Great Depression. The show was developed at Yale as the Theatre Department’s premiere faculty-directed original musical, and was selected as a winner of the 2016 New Voices Project, sponsored by New Musicals, Inc. and Walt Disney Imagineering.
When James and Mae Sloane trade their land for a new life in Marrowbone, their daughters Sary and Orlena and adopted son Ward must reconcile newfound independence with greater responsibility. As Sary falls in love, Orlena ascends to the position of assistant schoolteacher in town and Ward descends deeper into the mines, Marrowbone hurtles toward the brink of collapse.
The concert features direction by Stefanie Sertich and music direction by Paul Staroba. The concert is produced by Tyler Emeney.
Hannah Elless (Bright Star, Godspell)
Ryan Vona (Paramour, Once)
Danette Holden (Cagney, Annie)
Michael McCoy (The Phantom of the Opera)
Christian Probst (The Book of Mormon)
Jimmy Brewer (The Black Suits)