The critics are talking...
"The story is so well crafted by Jason Jacobs and the storytelling by Brian Charles Rooney is so pristine that to give much detail would require a spoiler alert"
"a fine tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre"
"Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard have developed a masterful story"
"Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance"
- DAVID ROBERTS, THEATRE REVIEWS UNLIMITED
"an intelligent and timely piece"
"Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing"
"the band is hot"
"Jason Jacobs book is heartbreaking and touching. The music by Matthew C. Pritchard, and lyrics by the duo, is worth a CD so that it does not get lost in the shuffle. I can not wait to see what these two do next"
- SUZANNA BOWLING, TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES
"a nuanced story and a tour de force performance by a consummate professional"
"Kudos also to Jacobs & Pritchard for writing a piece that both looks back but resonates today, and has layers of interest and meaning to keep us interested and focused"
"jaw-dropping performance by the mega-talented Brian Charles Rooney"
- DONNA HERMAN, FRONT ROW CENTER
You never know a person 'til you walk in her heels.
1969 New Orleans
It’s standing room only at The Golden Lantern. The band strikes up and begins to play the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter — but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future.
Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive musical takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression and liberation.
Where Miss Blanche
Fall 2015: Development on the show began as a collaborative project in a laboratory for Columbia MFA theatre alumni. Drawing upon situations from Streetcar Named Desire as the leaping point for an original play, we began exploring the implications of performing gender - on stage and in life.
Fall 2016: Next, we decided to expand it into a full-length musical. We workshopped the piece once in June 2016 and then again at the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place in July 2016, showing half the show to an enthusiastic audience.
Where She is Now: We have been invited as a full production to NYMF 2017 (New York Musical Festival) in July.
Miss Blanche owes a tremendous debt to the actors who have walked in heels in our workshops: Sara Buffamanti, Robbie Tann, Jamie Boswell, and Cameron Clay. She also thanks Isam Rum, Jessica Rieken, Kyle Picone, Columbia Collaboration (Coco) Lab, and her friends at Dixon Place, for helping her get where she is today!