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New Musical “A Letter To Harvey Milk” Will Premiere Off-Broadway

A teacher and student bond over the late gay icon in the San Francisco-set story.

Dear Harvey… Wish you were here.

A Letter to Harvey Milk, a musical about gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, will debut off-Broadway early next year, Playbill reports.

Set in 1986 San Francisco, the musical follows two disparate people brought together by a letter written to Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California: Harry, a retired kosher butcher, and Barbara, his young lesbian teacher at the senior center.

A Letter to Harvey Milk

“When Harry fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who’s dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie, but to Harvey Milk,” according to an official description. “Barbara is stunned. Harry’s letter evokes life-changing revelations that neither could have foreseen.”

“This musical—with its soaring score and deeply-felt, surprisingly funny lyrics—deals with issues of friendship and loss, the grip of the past, and the hard-won acceptance set in motion by the most unexpected people.”

Based on Lesléa Newman’s short story of the same name, the show is written by Jerry James, Ellen M. Schwartz, Cheryl Stern, and Laura I. Kramer.


A Letter to Harvey Milk won five awards, including Most Promising Musical, as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Casting for the off-Broadway premiere, directed by Evan Pappas, will be announced at a later date.

A Letter to Harvey Milk begins performances February 21 and runs through May 13, 2018, at the Acorn Theatre.

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