By Holli Harms

Get Ready!

Get Set!

EMPIRE the musical is about to open at New World Stages July 1!

This is the story of the men who built our American/World treasure standing on the corner of 34th and Fifth Avenue in New York City. About the dreamers, the workers who defied gravity and created a structure that captured the hearts and imaginations of the world and broadened our belief of what was possible.

The Empire State Building was completed May 1, 1931. At 102 stories, it was at the time the tallest building in the world. It immediately became a tourist destination. It was built by the Mohawk Skywalkers. Most of the skyscrapers of New York were built by the Skywalkers, all young men from the Mohawk indigenous nation had an inner balance and grace that allowed them to walk on the narrow beams and were adept at working at high altitudes. They were known as the “Fearless Wonders.”

This is their story. The story of the Skywalkers, and of a building that captured the awe and wonder of the twentieth century. The past had the Great Pyramids of Giza, the lost city of Petra, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, and now a new spectacle of what humans could create rose from the earth, a building that lives in and embraces the sky.

I had the honor and pleasure of hearing some of the musical numbers today, with full cast, at a rehearsal studio on 42nd Street, and even with no set, no costumes, and the stark lighting of a rehearsal room, I was moved. Moved to heartfelt joy and tears. The production opens with a song sung in Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language, sung as a mother makes bread with her sons. Written in the Mohawk language, it is a beautiful song to start what is going to be a wonderful show!

EMPIRE the Musical with book, music and lyrics by Caroline Sherman & Robert Hull, and directed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman.

Tickets are on sale now. Go HERE to order.

Show runs July 1 – September 22. Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with 15 minute intermission

I will see you at New World Stages.