War Brides, a romantic musical about British women and their struggle to be reunited with the US soldiers they met and married during World War II, was named Best Show of the Year by the Norwich Bulletin and Best New Work by The Spirit of Broadway Theatre at the 2002 Spirit Awards. It was the lead-off event at York Theatre's Fall 2005 Developmental Reading Series.
The Philadelphia Inquirer called War Brides "...the little musical that could." The Trenton Times praised it as the score "...that marries the swing sounds of the 1940s to the sophistication of the modern, post-Sondheim musical [with a hint of English music hall]."
Production credits include bookwriter Ron Sproat, a television veteran who earned an Emmy nomination for Rachel's Summer; lyricist Frank Evans, winner of the Jerry Bock Award and member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Steering Committee; composer Christopher Berg, who recently completed an opera based on Shakespeare's Cymbeline and is composing a set of songs commissioned by the Mirror Visions Ensemble for performances in Paris; Director Bick Goss, a Dramalogue Award winner, who recently directed Roman Nights at the DR2; Musical Director Mark Janas (Talk of the Town); and Associate Director Christopher Windom.
Actors featured in the title roles include Kristin Maloney (Drama League performance honoree currently appearing as Dorothy Parker in Talk of the Town), Julie Reyburn (Broadway Year by Year, MAC and Nightlife Award winner), Lauren Shealy (Lingoland), Christina Morrell (Oklahoma! national co.) and Vanessa June Marshall (Animazement for Disney). Jeff Scot Carey (NYMF-title role in Dorian, Rent national co.), Steve Sterner (That's Life, Yentl) and Matt Citron play the men in their lives. The focus is on two British women, Mo (Maloney) and Ivy (Reyburn).
The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, recently honored with the 2005 Drama League Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, was founded in 1961 by the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theatre, to create a setting where new writers could learn their craft. Since its inception, the Workshop has been operated by BMI free of any cost to participants; admission is based on merit.