STU FOR SILVERTON
Directed and generated show concept for this new musical about America’s first transgender mayor: Stu Rasmussen of Silverton, Oregon.
After being inspired by this RadioLab episode, Andrew selected writers Peter Duchan and Breedlove to write a new musical inspired by the first openly transgender mayor in America, and the bold town that elected him mayor in 2008. This groundbreaking show somehow blends Our Town and The Music Man with The Rocky Horror Picture Show in celebration of a new American folk hero.
After the success of the Intiman Theatre production in 2013 the musical has been further developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual Festival of New Musicals, workshopped with Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis, and plans for future productions are underway. For an in depth story about the making of this new American musical, check out Gemma Wilson’s article in Seattle’s CityArts magazine.
“In director Andrew Russell’s vivaciously clever staging, Stu for Silverton has more in common with Our Town and The Music Man than with La Cage Aux Folles. It’s a fond tribute to small-town Americana at its best, and to the kind of tolerance ordinary citizens can rise to.” -The Seattle Times
“You don’t often see a musical comedy in which a transgender man and the woman he fancies sing about their mutual attraction — and agree the man shouldn’t have a sex-change operation. That may be a first in Stu for Silverton, the genially groundbreaking, appealing new show introduced by Intiman Theatre in its current summer festival.” - The Seattle Times