Mary: Her Story Completes Book and Music

Songwrite Maria McNeil and Playwright Amber Frangos

Playwright Amber Frangos and songwriter Maria McNeil have finished the first complete draft of Mary: Her Story, complete with the full script and sixteen songs. While continued development is on the horizon for the musical, this is a huge landmark in the progress of the musical’s development, as it is the first version of the musical’s book  that is complete from start to finish. 

Playwright Amber Frangos says it feels wonderful to have completed the first full draft:

“This story has stayed with me for so long, it’s an accomplished feeling to know that the draft is completed; and it’s completed to my liking. I said exactly what I wanted to say. “ The completed draft of the musical includes sixteen songs, three of which are ensemble pieces. 

However, Frangos reminds Mary backers that the process of development is far from over. Most new theatrical works remain in draft until their first production, and often after. “I tinker with my plays after they are finished,” says Frangos, “The blue print is complete.“ Frangos says that she expects the biggest changes to the musical will be additional music added to the book of the musical as needed. Much of this music will be transition music that will add flavor to the show and pull the scenes of the show together.

Another next step in the development process will include working with Pianist, Composer, and Music Technologist Andreas Haberlin to arrange the already composed music of the piece for a full band. Frangos reports: “We have been in contact and this is the part where we relay to him what it is we want to hear musically. These micro decisions will flavor the entire musical. Our decisions currently will be deciding how to create an impact on the scene while keeping in mind the continuity of the entire piece musically.” 

Having the full blueprint of the first complete draft of the show is a huge step as Mary: Her Story approaches its world premiere in May 2022. The process is far from over, but as playwright Frangos reminds us, part of the theatre’s beauty is its ability to constantly change and evolve. She cheers: “That’s the nature of the beast. Theater is never static. I love the fluidity of it and look forward to making Mary the best musical.”

Mary: Her Story Featured in KY: Forward Magazine

Amber Frangos’ upcoming musical, Mary: Her Story had the pleasure of being featured in an article in KY: Forward: Kentucky’s Online Newspaper this past month. The article, titled ”Kentucky by Heart: In these tumultuous times for our country, there is much good happening in Kentucky not getting the coverage they deserve is written by Steve Flairty and details all the exciting things happening in Kentucky. You can read the full article on KY: Forward’s website now at this link

KY: Forward, Kentucky’s Online Newspaper logo

The article gives information about how audiences can find and keep up with Mary: Her Story online through social media. It also features a quote from playwright Amber Frangos stating that Mary is “a story of a mother and a son…the human relationship between Mary and Jesus.”  It encourages theatre fans all around the state to look forward to the production coming to the Flashback Theater stage in May 2022.

Other stories from around the state mentioned in the article include Transylvania University’s Scott Whiddon’s ongoing music project, overwhelming support for the Red Cross in Woodford County, budding poet Marie Parsons in Clark County, The Asbury Equine program at Asbury University, Barry Hisel’s handyman ministry in Pendleton County, the Unity Committee in Winchester, email updates about ongoing in Stanford, and a bike and computer outreach in Henderson. It is clear that the news of Mary is in good company amongst many examples of warm-heartedness across Kentucky.

The Mary: Her Story team is grateful to KY: Forward for including the news of our exciting production in this special article. Mary: Her Story has ambitious plans of spreading the news of the upcoming musical project to the far reaches of the bluegrass state and beyond. Supporters of Mary’s journey should be sure to share the KY: Forward article with friends and family, as well as encouraging them to follow Mary: Her Story on social media to receive updates on the show’s development as well as trivia and fun facts about the life of Mary: mother of Jesus. 

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