Melissa Manchester Injury Postpones Reading of New Musical | Playbill

News Melissa Manchester Injury Postpones Reading of New Musical An injury suffered by co-author Melissa Manchester has forced a postponement of a planned Aug. 7 reading of the new musical Sweet Potato Queens, which she co-authored with Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes and Sharon Vaughn.

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The show is still scheduled for a March 2016 world-premiere presented by Texas's TUTS Underground, Theatre Under The Stars' alternative and contemporary series.

TUTS released the following statement: "While attending an estate sale, Melissa Manchester took a bad spill and injured both of her ankles, one of which required surgery. Fortunately, the prognosis is for a complete and speedy recovery, but for the next few weeks, Melissa will be focusing on physical therapy. She is in excellent spirits and is looking forward to getting back on the road very shortly. She said that she is very eager to return to Houston and TUTS for our workshop and continuing our work together on Sweet Potato Queens."

Sweet Potato Queens reading will be rescheduled to a later date this fall.

Click here to see Manchester discuss the injury on her Facebook page.

As previously reported, the world premiere of Sweet Potato Queens will run
 March 17-27, 2016. Sweet Potato Queens (SPQ) is loosely based on the life story of New York Times best-selling author and SPQ founder, Jill Conner Browne, and the organization's philosophy, which was born out of her need for some excitement and a new direction. The Sweet Potato Queens is a women's organization based in Jackson, MS, that has 6,200 chapters in 37 countries. It involves a belief in "a sisterhood that promotes self-esteem and positive thinking, appealing to mostly middle-aged middle-class women. Each local chapter assumes its own theme and designs its own costumes."

After its recent staged reading at TUTS Underground, Sweet Potato Queens will be fully staged and produced for the world premiere in March.

The musical is being developed in partnership with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester (music), Oscar nominee and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Vaughn (lyrics) and Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (book).

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