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Fridays @ 5 – Prelude to a Kiss: The Musical in the Making

January 4 : 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Fridays @ 5 series continues with playwright Craig Lucas, composer and playwright Sean Hartley, and composer and songwriter Daniel Messé in “Prelude to a Kiss: The Musical in the Making,” Friday, January 4, 5 p.m., in the Palm House at the Hermitage, 6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223.

The three award-winning artists will discuss the work they’re collaborating on at the Hermitage—a musical based on Lucas’ acclaimed play, Prelude to a Kiss. Reservations for this free series are required and can be requested at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

“Craig Lucas was at the Hermitage when he and composer Nico Muhly worked on Two Boys, an opera they wrote for the Metropolitan Opera,” says Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage. “Craig returns with his creative team of composers and lyricists to transform his popular play, Prelude to a Kiss, into a musical. During this presentation, the team will try out some scenes and even some newly born songs for us.”

Craig Lucas is a playwright, screenwriter, director and actor, whose works are critically acclaimed. He is a Pulitzer finalist, won three Obie awards, and received three Tony nominations, among many other awards and recognitions. His plays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion, Reckless, Three Postcards, and Prelude to a Kiss, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Sean Hartley is an award-winning lyricist, composer, playwright and producer. His musicals include Cupid and Psyche, Snow, Little Women, Love and Real Estate and the upcoming Prelude to a Kiss, commissioned by South Coast Repertory Co. He is director of theater at Kaufman Music Center, where he curates the concert series Broadway Close Up and Broadway Playhouse.

Daniel Messé is the founder/principal songwriter of the band Hem, which began as a DIY project in 2001 (“Rabbit Songs”), and has gone on to worldwide acclaim over the course of six studio albums. In 2009, The Public Theater tapped Hem to score Twelfth Night for Shakespeare in the Park, for which they were nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Messé is the composer and co-lyricist of Amélie.




January 4
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hermitage Artist Retreat
6660 Manasota Key Road
Englewood, FL 34223
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