The Immigrant features a book by Mark Harelik
and a score by Sarah Knapp (lyrics) and Steven M. Alper (music and orchestrations).
...' ' The fruit peddler's grandson turned out to be actor and playwright Mark Harelik, whose play become one of the most-produced works in the past 20 years of regional theatre.
Patience has paid off for the collaborators of The Immigrant.
...More than 15 years ago, in collaboration with director Randal Myler, playwright Mark Harelik wrote a play, The Immigrant: A Hamilton Family Album, about his European Jewish forebears settling in Texas rather than the more Jewish-populated New York City in the 1900s.
...Denver Center Theatre Company artistic director Donovan Marley had great faith in Myler and DCTC actor Mark Harelik 17 years ago, Myler explained.
had always wanted to write a story about his grandfather," Myler said.
I co-conceived the original play with Mark
.The fun for me is to see it as a musical and to hear underscoring and not fight it, and to see it didn't need slides [visual elements which were part of the original production]."
Songwriters Knapp and Alper, married for 17 years with two produced musicals (Chamberlain and The Library) under their belts, met Harelik
at the New Harmony Project in Indiana in 1997, and Harelik suggested his hit play as a possible source for a musical.
use of language so often gave clear guidelines to lyrics.Words bounced off the page.You'll see all over the place that I have stolen from Mark