In My Body

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Description / Development History

In My Body is a concept musical about finding home in our bodies. Through songs, scenes, monologues, and movement, In My Body challenges us to focus on body acceptance in a culture obsessed with body image. Created in collaboration with writers Lis Kalogris, Kate Cipriano, and Melissa Hays.

In My Body premiered in 2016 at The Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. Directed by Kathryn MacMillan, musical direction by Chris Burcheri, starring Donnie Hammond, Michael Indeglio, Austin Ku, April Woodall and Katie Zaffrann, produced by Flying Bulldog Productions.

In My Body took its seeds from a non-profit collaborative multi-arts project conceived by Lis Kalogris in Philadelphia in 2010. The project included an exhibition featuring Leah Macdonald’s encaustic photos of nude women, a body image workshop and roundtable, and two performances (directed by Melanie Stewart). A staged reading was held at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Philadelphia in January 2014 (directed by Bill Fennelly). Excerpts from the show were performed at the 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image at Cabrini College in October 2014. In May 2015 a 5 day workshop was held at The Arden Theater’s Hamilton Arts Annex (directed by KC MacMillan).

Press Quotes

“This uplifting little show has its heart in the right place … the songs by composer Dan Martin and lyricist Michael Biello are melodic and winning.”  ~Philadelphia Magazine

In My Body has both charm and a message … It’s a show that is likely to have legs, as they say … a lively, enjoyable evening.”  ~Broad Street Review

“A beautiful artistic adventure that felt like a warm hug.” ~DC Metro Theater Arts

 

Check out this video of the title song performed live by Marissa Hines and the In My Body ensemble in 2011. Directed and choreographed by Melanie Stewart.

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 Music from the Show

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Alysha Umphress recording “Perfect” at Lofish Studio NYC, December 2012.  Fred Lassen is the pianist/musical director.  Here’s an excerpt.

 

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Javier Munoz recording “I Stand Before You” at Lofish Studio NYC in December 2012.  Jonathan Brody is also featured.  Fred Lassen is the musical director/pianist.

 

Here’s a clip from “Cover Me” sung by Alysha Umphress, Kelly Karcher, Javier Munoz and Jonathan Brody.  Fred Lassen is the musical director/pianist.