OCT 30, 2019
The Hildegard creative team announced today that we’re play a Live Album Recording at Sleeping Village on December 8. This will be our first FULLY ORCHESTRATED performance of songs from the musical. Here’s an excerpt from the Broadway World announcement:
Hildegard: An Unfinished Revolution is a concept album about the life of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century abbess and someday-saint. Hildegard was a composer, philosopher, visionary, and pre-Reformation reformer. The musical tells her story through her own music, remixed and reworked into modern pop arrangements.
Actor A. Nikki Greenlee, who has played Hildegard in all Chicago performances, says this about the musical: “We have been fed a specific recipe of what is faith, what is feminine and whose stories are important enough to tell- whose contributions matter most. It feels revolutionary for THIS story to be about a woman. Hildegard feels like a gift to the girls and women who keep having questions and keep seeking answers.”
“I’m thrilled to present this show in a music venue rather than a theater,” said writer Ethan Krupp. “It’s a show about music, and playing at Sleeping Village lets us highlight how this musical has developed in a new way.”
“2019 has been such a roller coaster in Hildegard’s development,” said director Elizabeth Swanson. “We’re delighted by how much stronger this musical has become through workshopping with the Chicago cast and Princeton student cast. We can’t wait to showcase what we’ve been working on.”
Reddyk & Krupp have been developing Hildegard: An Unfinished Revolution since spring 2018 alongside Swanson. The creative team took act one of the musical to the 2018 Chicago Fringe Festival, winning two audience choice awards. The project earned an Individual Artists Program grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in March 2019. After receiving the grant, the creative team spent a week in development at Prop Thtr this past July followed by a ten-day residency at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts in September.
Tickets can be purchased at sleeping-village.com.