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Marcus Hummon to Debut Music Drama ‘Surrender Road’ During CMA Week

Posted in News on November 14, 2005
BMI Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, whose "Bless the Broken Road" is up for the 2005 CMA Song of the Year, will debut his music drama Surrender Road with the Nashville Opera the same week he attends the awards show in New York. The 39th annual CMA Awards show is set for Tuesday, November 15, and Surrender Road makes it world premiere Friday, November 18 in Nashville.

"I feel so fortunate to have such a great week ahead of me," said Hummon. "Attending the CMA Awards in New York with a nomination for Song of the Year and then heading home to Nashville to debut 'Surrender Road' a few days later is humbling. Win or lose at the CMA's - I know it will be an unforgettable week!"

The story line of Surrender Road follows Manuel, a Hispanic boxer from Brooklyn who has fallen into the trap of taking money to throw fights. Emily, a starving artist from the South, is struggling to make her name in the New York art scene. One night, in Times Square, these two lost souls meet, feel a connection they cannot explain, and find themselves on the path to their destiny.

In addition to the #1 "Bless the Broken Road" recorded by Rascal Flatts, Hummon's other songwriting successes include "Born To Fly" by Sara Evans, "Ready To Run" and "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks, and "One Of These Days" by Tim McGraw.

Hummon has also written six other musical productions, including Warrior: An American Tragedy, Atlanta and American Duet, which is in development for the Off-Broadway stage.

Nashville Opera's production of Surrender Road is directed by the company's artistic director John Hoomes, and stars tenor Hugo Vera as Manuel and mezzo-soprano Pilar Cragan as Emily. Manuel's mentor is played by baritone Richard Drews, and Vito, the small-time gangster, is played by bass Alonzo Murphy-Johnson, a Nashville native. Performances are scheduled for Friday, November 18 at 8pm, Saturday, November 19 at 8pm, and Sunday, November 20 at 2pm at the Blair School of Music on the campus of Vanderbilt University (2400 Blakemore Avenue). All seats are $30. For tickets call (615) 255-ARTS.