Leap of Faith is the next show from North Shore Theatre Company (NSTC) and it runs at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 5 to 14 October.
The music was composed by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken – responsible for all-time classics Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Tony award nominated musical Leap of Faith is based on 1992 film of the same name that starred Steve Martin and Debra Winger. It tells the story of ‘Reverend’ Jonas Nightingale, a part-time reverend and a full time con artist, who is travelling with his ministry.
When his bus breaks down in the middle of a small drought-ridden Kansas town, Jonas plans an impromptu revival to take the entire town for a ride in three short days. Nightingale pitches his tent but the town’s sheriff Marla McGowan is determined to stop the charismatic con man from taking the people’s money.
Director of NSTC’s production of Leap of Faith Chapin Ayres fell in love with the show while visiting New York six years ago. “I saw Leap of Faith on Broadway in 2012 not knowing anything about it, and I just fell in love with the music and heart of the show immediately,” she said. “It has the perfect balance of being both funny and touching, and each character is crafted perfectly”.
Leap of Faith offers a tribute to the power of inspiration and love. Ayres said audience members who think they are coming to get ‘preached at’ will get a good surprise. “Leap of Faith is not about religion, it’s about your own personal belief systems and whether you believe miracles really can happen,” she said. “I think we have all met someone like Jonas at some point in our life – cocky, gifted, persuasive, good looking – he’s like that ‘bad boy’ that every girls wants in their teens but we know are flawed and in terrible emotional trouble.”
The Independent, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney, bookings: www.northshoretheatrecompany.org/leap-of-faith
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