Music & Lyrics by Miranda Ferriss Jones
Book by Vanessa Dunleavy
SHOWING UP is a the semi-autobiographical tale of longtime friends, Miranda and Vanessa. This funny, heart felt and honest musical tracks their journey from high school besties in small town America through their move to the big city to pursue their dreams of Broadway and beyond. Along the way, they encounter success and disappointment, the loss of old dreams and the creation of new ones. Their friendship is tested every step of the way, but more often than not, it is their saving grace.
Miranda and Vanessa began writing Showing Up within weeks of Miranda moving back to the NYC area in 2017. After three small self produced workshops, Showing Up was asked to be the ‘launch performance’ of the new the Montclair Theatre Project. The staged reading at Studio 505 in Montclair played successfully to an audience of 150.
Miranda and Vanessa presented the next version of the show in their home state of Vermont at which point it gained financial backing from their ‘angel’ Churchill Franklin, and interest from the small but mighty Middelbury, VT Town Hall Theatre.
The show went through two years of development with THT’s Artistic Director, Doug Anderson. With two workshop performances in Nov 2019 and Nov 2021.
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