It’s said the artist is born of a damaged soul…
Wilhelmina Allende is a prima ballerina. When tragedy turns her beloved Paris into a gilded cage, she jumps at the chance to work with one of the most prolific choreographers she’s ever seen. But Zack’s style is way out of her comfort zone. So is his teaching method. And his humor. And his everything. He’s a charming little connard. It’s hard not to like him. Merde. What has she gotten herself into?
Zachary Coen’s first musical is opening on Broadway. Much like his life, it’s anything but conventional, so hiring Mina is simply out of the question. She’s too…classical. Too perfect. She’s all wrong for the role. Then he meets her in person and sees her cracks. Her broken pieces. How unique and beautiful each one is. And he can’t help but notice how her edges seem to fit his…perfectly.
Just when teaming up seems to be working, the monsters they’ve kept hidden threaten to rip it all apart.
Love Words Zach & Mina
PRESS RELEASE, FEBRUARY 14: WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
TRANSFERS TO BROADWAY
Previews July 13
Opens August 6
Tickets On Sale March 8
Book, Choreography, and Lyrics by Zachary Coen.
Musical Score by Harper Holloway.
Directed by Greta Tomlinson.
From the creative team behind Lady in Red comes Babel, a courageous new musical that explores the value of empathy by literally dancing a mile in someone else’s slippers. Tony and Grammy Award winner Zachary Coen returns to Tetley Theatre, where it all began, with former costar and real-life leading lady, Wilhelmina Allende.
For the first time in four years, audiences will witness the explosive chemistry and dynamic storytelling these incredible performers render whenever their feet touch the same stage.
“Lady in Red ignited the world in a blaze that has consumed and delighted all of us,” said Tetley Theatre director Eustis Furman. “We have never witnessed such ticket demand, or such wild enthusiasm from our audiences. We are honored, together with our producing partners, to bring this extraordinary show to the widest possible audience.”
“It’s a love letter to my lady,” Coen says of the ballet musical. “Inspired by our story and how we came together, but it’s also a nod to a cultural shift that couldn’t be timelier.”
Asked about her reaction to news of her casting, Allende said, “I’m honored, truly. And so, so proud of this [incredible] work of art. I think the message—that dance is a manner of speaking and learning someone else’s style is like learning a new language—is a great metaphor for the current social climate we’re in. I cannot wait for the world to see it.”
As for Coen? Well… “Really, this is all just an elaborate plan to have her as my partner again. She’s completely exasperated with me in rehearsals. I hope the show runs for at least two years.”
About the Author
Lynn Turner is dedicated to writing inclusive stories that explore what it means to be imperfectly human. She is convinced she would have made a great Gilmore Girl, that writing about herself in third-person is weird, and that Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy (don’t fight her on this). When she isn’t writing and adulting, she’s tackling her monstrous TBR list, TV-binging, traveling, or watching old Samantha Brown travelogue videos and wishing she had her job. She and her husband share their home in California with their two extraordinary children and their sometimes cat, Bowie.