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‘On the Eve’ On The Way To New York

by Jerome Weeks 6 Jul 2015 5:06 PM

The little musical that could: The whimsical, time-traveling fantasy started in a Fair Park workshop in 2012, had its songs released on a CD, then debuted last year at Theatre Three. Now it’ll get a staged reading at a NYC theater festival.


A lively little musical that premiered in Dallas last year — it’s about time-travel, Marie Antoinette and the invention of the hot-air balloon, among other things — is headed for a New York theater festival in October.

On the Eve is the homegrown pop musical created by Home by Hovercraft, the North Texas music group. Seth and Shawn Magill, the husband-and-wife songwriting team, developed the whimsical fantasy with bookwriter Michael Federico. The show had a 2012 workshop in Fair Park — then Hovercraft released eight songs from the show on the group’s 2013 CD, Are We Chamelions? — before the show received its world premiere at Theatre Three.


Composer Seth Magill, left, as Chase Spacegrove, swashbuckling space pilot in On the Eve.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has picked eight shows — including On the Eve — for staged readings at the Festival of New Musicals to be held on New World Stages. The event is open to theater industry insiders as a way to gain attention for promising new works. On the Eve will be seen with such shows as a hip-hop remix of Othello and the newest work by Duncan Sheik, the composer of Spring Awakening.