Proud Ladies, Kurt’s musical memoir, shares his journey navigating the world as a young man, arriving in New York wide-eyed and naïve, maturing and learning life lessons from 23 of the most exciting ladies of the American theatre.
His “ladies” include: Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Dorothy Collins, Yvonne de Carlo, Carole Demas, Patricia Elliott, Katharine Hepburn, Cady Huffman, Angela Lansbury, Rebecca Luker, Patti LuPone, Victoria Mallory, Donna McKechnie, Ethel Merman, Dina Merrill, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Kelli O’Hara, Paige O’Hara, Ethel Shutta, Alexis Smith, Elaine Stritch, and Nancy Walker.
While Kurt is the only physical actor in this show, the 23 proud ladies loom large and act along with him through the use of multi-media depictions. This artful use of images—some never-before seen—bring these dynamic women to life. In this unique tale of history and hope, the audience feels their presence and the impact that these women had in shaping this man's view of the world, and himself.
Our creative team includes direction by Lisa Asher, musical direction by Ian Herman, choreography by Joshua Bergasse, and production media design by Frank Sawyer/Telegraphicmedia.
We have recently completely an out-of-town workshop and tryout premiere at the historic Springer Opera House (the state theater of Georgia) and are in conversations with venues in New York, as well as around the country.