Directors' Choice Award Winner
Blood and Fire
Book and Lyrics by Jeffrey Couchman. Music by Lisa Heffter
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BLOOD AND FIRE is a through-composed musical that draws on the historical antagonism toward the newly formed Salvation Army in 1890’s London. The Army’s larger-than-life founder, General William Booth himself, marches across the stage alongside an array of Dickensian characters.
The central conflict is between Michael Remsen, an irreligious young doctor from the West End, and Amelia Walters, a woman of faith from the East End. Despite their differences, they fall in love. Ultimately, Amelia must choose between Michael and a life in the Salvation Army.
Arcing over the entire show is the growth of a so-called Skeleton Army—a mob of ruffians intent on destroying the Salvationists. Rich, poor, reformers, and thugs collide in a musical tale at once intimate and epic.
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