A new musical developed by Professor Marilyn Plotkins, chair of the Suffolk University Theatre Department, has been accepted into a competitive development program run by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in association with the Walt Disney Company.

Out of the Blue, formerly titled Begin Again, was one of four projects chosen from 211 applicants by the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop.

The workshop, directed by Academy-Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals.

Out of the Blue is a modern love story set in New York City. It concerns Des and AJ, young, dedicated public school teachers full of hopes and dreams. Then Des begins to collapse under the weight of her fears. Splitting apart under the strain, Des and AJ struggle to find their way back to each other. The lessons they learn, through the children they meet, will change them forever.

Broadway potential
Out of the Blue was first developed with composer Jenny Giering and librettist Laura Harrington with director Marilyn Plotkins in two fall residencies at Suffolk as part of the Boston Music Theatre Project. The workshop production premiered with a Suffolk student ensemble in the Studio Theatre in spring 2006 and has been gaining momentum ever since.Giering and Harrington are negotiating with an off-Broadway theater for a full professional run next season.

Boston Music Theatre Project
Plotkins founded the Boston Music Theatre Project in 1987 as the first professional organization in the Greater Boston area dedicated exclusively to the development of new work in music theatre.

“We are thrilled that Out of the Blue has continued to grow and gain recognition after our successful run at Suffolk,” said Plotkins. “I look forward not only to the continued development of this piece but of new projects that will bring important musical theater writers to Suffolk University to work with our students.”

New York presentations
A segment of Out of the Blue was presented on May 1, 2007, and another will be presented on May 24 at the Rock Theater, 300 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY. The workshops are free of charge and open to all.