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Interstate 73 Reading: Something Blue

  • LA MAMA'S REHEARSAL STUDIOS 47 Great Jones Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)


Music Julia Meinwald
Book and lyrics Gordon Leary
Director Colette Robert
Music director Mila Henry


Casey and Joelle fell in love when they moved back to their hometown as adults, and they’re getting married tomorrow. They’ve navigated the families, flowers, and fittings to have the simple, easy wedding they’ve always wanted. But when Casey’s ex-boyfriend Geoff shows up at the hotel, things can’t stay so simple. Geoff befriends Joelle and reconnects with Casey, and what has long stayed unspoken begins to surface. They must confront their expectations, hopes, and histories to find the limits and the possibilities of love and marriage.

Julia Meinwald's musicals include Pregnancy Pact, The Loneliest Girl in the World, REB+VoDKa+ME, The Magnificent Seven, Something Blue and Elevator Heart. She and her collaborator Gordon Leary write aggressively empathetic shows that help them understand completely foreign points of view, like Anita Bryant's anti-gay-rights crusade, online fan communities that formed around high school shooters, and groups of teenage girls who decide to get pregnant together.  Julia's work has been produced at the Weston Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre, and developed through awesome groups like Ars Nova, the Civilians, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Dramatists Guild, 92Y, and exciting acronyms like MTF, NAMT, NYMF, and YIMT.

Gordon Leary is a Brooklyn-based bookwriter and lyricist. Musicals with composer Julia Meinwald include The Loneliest Girl in the World (2018 Diversionary Theatre), REB+VoDKa+ME (2017 Yale Institute), The Magnificent Seven (2019 Flint Rep New Works Fest), Something Blue (2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Fest), and Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse). Other musicals include Cheer Wars (2009 Richard Rodgers Award; Karlan Judd, composer) and Across the River (2013 Seoul Musical Festival; Hyun Rim Kim, composer). Gordon has developed work with the Dramatists Guild, NAMT, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, Musical Theatre Factory, the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. BA: Vassar. MFA: NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.