Merman’s Apprentice

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
Runs through October 13, 2019

Nurturing a new musical is hard work, placing unusual demands on performers and production team as changes to script and blocking can happen nightly right up to opening— but it’s also thrilling to see the challenge pay off in audience reception and joyful applause. Sonoma Arts Live does themselves proud with this latest venture, pulling out all the stops with a strong cast and excellent production values for the premiere of a brand new musical right in our own region.

Merman’s Apprentice, the brain-child of Stephen Cole and David Evans, has enjoyed sold-out concert readings elsewhere, including New York City, but this is the first full staging with all the trimmings. Both Cole and Evans (who currently staffs the podium forWicked on Broadway) joined the team for a week of rehearsals, making changes and adding to the challenge and excitement.

Muriel (Emma Sutherland) and Merman (Dani Innocenti Beem) Dancing. Photo by Miller Oberlin.
Muriel (Emma Sutherland) and Merman (Dani Innocenti Beem) in a duet. Photo by Miller Oberlin.

It’s a charming tale told in classic Broadway-style, of a young girl’s dream of Broadway stardom and the star who turns the dream into reality. . . .

To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Sonoma County Gazette:
Merman’s Apprentice