In a Sunshine State, New Musical by T.C. Lind, Phoebe Kreutz, Derek Gregor, to Debut at San Diego State | Playbill

Regional News In a Sunshine State, New Musical by T.C. Lind, Phoebe Kreutz, Derek Gregor, to Debut at San Diego State

Stephen Brotebeck will direct and choreograph this often-untold moment in American queer history.

T.C. Lind, Phoebe Kreutz, and Derek Gregor

The Broadway-aimed In a Sunshine State, the newest production in San Diego State University's New Musical Initiative, will make its world premiere at the California venue April 26–May 2 in the Main Stage Theatre.

The new musical, featuring a book by T.C. Lind, lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz (The Nice List), and music by Derek Gregor (Unlock'd), will be directed and choreographed by Stephen Brotebeck with music direction by Robert Meffe from the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film. 

In a Sunshine State is set in 1950s Florida and spotlights an often-untold moment in American queer history as Evelyn Pierce, a fiercely intelligent English professor, secretly falls in love with the strident new dean at her university, Betty Kincaid. The two set off on a path of self-discovery, while a state committee investigates claims of communism at the university, threatening their careers.

The principal cast will feature the MFA Musical Theatre graduate students, including Van Angelo, Justin Brill, Lindsey Grant, Zakk Mannella, Natalie McClure, Wilfred Paloma, and Sarah Salonga. Undergraduates include Milo Mee, Robert Bednar, Isabel Wirz, Joshua Bradford, Kylie Stucki, Ryan Flores, Bella Brady, Stephanie Norris, Olivia Heumann, Keegan McGowan, Vincent Colon, Ethan Cruz, Charlotte Bridant, and Laina Wieshuber.

“From its inception, In a Sunshine State has been a labor of our love for the queer community. At a time of increased attacks and incendiary laws against LGBTQIA+ citizens across our country, we couldn’t be more inspired to share this often-untold moment in history that highlights the resiliency of the queer community against all odds. San Diego State University, and the students and faculty of SDSU Theatre, have given our musical, and our team, a world-class home to develop and strengthen our work, and we couldn’t be happier to finally bring our story to the stage,” said co-creators Lind, Gregor, and Kreutz in a joint statement.

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