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Tom Andes' original musical debuts next weekend

March 6, 2015

Some five years in the making, Tom Andes’ original musical, “Color Blind,” will find its way to the Stephens stage next weekend.

“It is going to be an exciting show,” said Andes, a music instructor. “And I hope entertaining for everyone who sees it.”

The musical is packed with high-energy, toe-tapping tunes that will have attendees singing for days afterward.

“I wrote it as a vehicle for my music,” said Andes, who is also the popular house musician at Murry’s Restaurant. “So it’s a concert with some dramatic overtones.”

“Color Blind” is the story of a depressed alcoholic art professor who loses his ability to see color, forcing him to paint in black and white. Just as he’s being encouraged by a new female companion, an alcohol-spurred car crash costs his sight altogether, forcing him to rethink his artistic abilities.

John Leen, a guest artist from Chicago who read the script at a public reading in 2013, will return to play Michael. Ed Hanson, creative director of Talking Horse Productions, will also make a guest appearance as an apparition of Renoir. Second-year student Chelcie Abercrombie and third-year theatre student Emily Chatterson will play Michael’s companion and wife.

New York-based director Stephen Brotebeck is directing the production.

“He has a great grasp of the story and its dramatic potential,” Andes said. “I am elated at the production so far.”

The musical starts at 7:30 p.m. March 13-14 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 15. Ticket info.


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