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Under Her Hat!

Book & Lyrics by Hana Roth Seavey, Music by Tor Ingar Jakobsen


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Ideas for UNDER HER HAT! were floated in the 2000's, and a skeleton book pinned down by 2010, followed by the ongoing creation of the project's songs/score withTor Ingar Jakobsen. Rehearsal video/audio recordings plus two concert readings for the Emerging Artists' Playwrights' Festival, Notes from a Page series at TaDa Theatre, a private 2018 concert reading at Ripley-Grier Studios, were supported by regular table reads and workshopping through 2019.


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Musical Selections

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Passion flares when determined, bubbly but man-shy Cheryl Rusk, star Millinery-Design undergrad, tumbles onto Accessory Merchandising Major Justin Chen's lap at Central Park’s ice rink's locker room. Culturally diverse Cheryl and Justin fast-track into marriage and business partnership with electrifying success, but their cherished 24/7 togetherness crashes when economic outlook, outrageous client demands, and design theft batters their business and marriage. Cheryl’s heart learns lessons: love and life re-design more than hats!


Hana Roth Seavey

Hana is a Fulbright Scholar in Mime, graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, creator of four one-woman clown and circus shows, including I'LL BE THE CIRCUS, which played many East Coast venues. Her rap-bluegrass musical JACK AND THE CHOCOLATE MILK COW was produced at Manhattan's Looking Glass Theatre for a sold-out run. Hana holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and an M.A. from NYU.

Tor Ingar Jacobsen

Tor holds a degree in Jazz, Composition, and Arrangement from the University of Oslo. He's the composer for THE TIME OF NICK, which had a Broadway reading in 2017. He's a working jazz pianist and musical director and arranger for Norwegian productions, and composed the score for DEN MAGISKE JULEKRYSTALLEN and JAKTEN PÅ BENE SKINNKNIV. Tor is currently teaching a course on Stephen Sondheim at The College for Musical Theatre in Oslo.


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