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NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL
New York, NY - Summer 2016
FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL tells the story of the real-life Freedom Riders who challenged the status quo of the 1960’s by riding interstate buses in mixed racial groups through the South challenging local laws and customs that enforced segregation. Based on the lives of Diane Nash, Congressman John Lewis, and the other riders, Freedom Riders is a soaring portrait of American race relations and a testament to the power of nonviolent direct action in uncovering injustice. Winner of the New York Musical Festival award for Outstanding Music and the Social Relevance and Impact Award.
The show features a book by Richard Allen with music & lyrics by Taran Gray & Richard Allen. J. Scott Lapp directs the NYMF production with musical direction by Bill Brown and choreography by Jon Rua. Nico Rabbit handles the scenic design and stage management is by Jennifer Scott.
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