Actor’s Express was still a very young theatre company when it staged the premier production of “The Harvey Milk Show” in 1991. The musical is based on the life of San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor, who was assassinated in 1978.
Now, to celebrate their 30th anniversary season, one of the theatre’s co-founders, Chris Coleman, has returned to again take on the role of Milk.
“There were things that, emotionally, when I was 31 when we first did it, I really had to stretch to grab hold of,” Coleman tells City Lights host Lois Reitzes. “Now, some of that stuff is really close to the surface.”
The company is staging a two-night concert version of the show, featuring music direction by Kevin Robison. Performances take place March 9 & 10 at St. Mark United Methodist Church at 8 p.m., with a post-show cocktail party on Saturday.