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American Music Theatre Project makes triumphant return to Edinburgh Fringe

‘Legacy: A Mother’s Song’ and ‘Legacy: The Book of Names’ open to acclaim

Scene from 'Legacy: A Mother’s Song'
Scene from 'Legacy: A Mother’s Song'
Scene from 'Legacy: The Book of Names'
Scene from 'Legacy: The Book of Names'
Members of the “Legacy” creative team with Northwestern School of Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe and AMTP Director David H. Bell. L to R: Scott Evans ('Legacy' dramaturg), Finn Anderson (story, book, music and lyrics 'A Mother’s Song', O’Keefe, Bell, Tania Acevedo (story 'A Mother’s Song') and Jonathan Bauerfeld (music 'The Book of Names') and Brannon Bowers, AMTP producer
Members of the “Legacy” creative team with Northwestern School of Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe and AMTP Director David H. Bell. L to R: Scott Evans ('Legacy' dramaturg), Finn Anderson (story, book, music and lyrics 'A Mother’s Song', O’Keefe, Bell, Tania Acevedo (story 'A Mother’s Song') and Jonathan Bauerfeld (music 'The Book of Names') and Brannon Bowers, AMTP producer
Northwestern’s 'Legacy' company
Northwestern’s 'Legacy' company

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND --- Northwestern University School of Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe and American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) Director David H. Bell hosted a reception Aug. 3 for the artistic team and students involved in the latest theatrical collaboration by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Northwestern.

The two thematically linked musicals “Legacy: A Mother’s Song” and “Legacy: The Book of Names” trace the migration of cultural identity between Scotland and America. Both feature casts comprised of students from each school, whose creators collaborated largely across skype and email.

“AMTP offers our students an extraordinary experience of dealing with new work,” said Bell. “Not only do they experience working on a world premiere musical, but they are also having a cultural experience with students of other backgrounds that will change their lives.”

In its 5-star review of “The Book of Names” Broadway Baby called the production “a simple but staggering surprise of considerable beauty and talent, the only fault of this production is that it is not two-hours longer and in a room three times the size.” Read the full review here.

Theater fans can catch both “Legacy” productions at the Edinburgh Fringe through Aug. 26.

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