Dallas — The locally grown musical On the Eve has been accepted into the Festival of New Musicals, presented by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Oct. 15-16 at New World Stages in New York. On the Eve, with music and lyrics by Seth and Shawn Magill and a book by Michael Federico, has been seen here twice, first in a workshop in 2012 at the Margo Jones Theatre, and then in 2014 at Theatre Three.
The show is a time-travelling rock musical in which the stories of Marie Antoinette, a down-on-his-luck inventor and other characters are intertwined as the apocalypse approaches. The score includes keyboard, tuba and percussion, both with a drum kit and in the form of Irish step-dancing. The Magills are also the brains behind the band Home by Hovercraft, which in 2013 released an excellent album, Are We Chameleons?, which includes a number of On the Eve songs.
The musical is one of eight musicals from around the country that will get a staged reading in the festival, which is seen by producers from around the country. One of those musicals is Noir, the new work by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Kyle Jarrow.
To see more about the festival, and the other musicals, go here.
You can listen to the songs at the HxH SoundCloud, below. It begins with "Lie In Your Bed."