Gun & Powder, A Musical
Gun & Powder is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, Angelica's great-great aunts, African American twin sisters who passed for White and were notorious outlaws. Set in Post-Emancipation Texas, the musical follows Mary and Martha's journey of defying racial boundaries and seizing what rightfully belongs to them, by any means necessary. They are successful at their charade until they each find themselves in love, but with two very different men.
Angelica wrote the book and lyrics for Gun & Powder, and all music and vocals were composed by her collaborator, composer, performer and arranger Ross Baum.
Gun & Powder was awarded with the prestigious 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and chosen to be featured in the 30th annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals. It was also featured in the 2018 NEXT Festival at Theatre Latté Da, and chosen out of 170 submissions to participate in the 2017 Sigworks Lab at the Signature Theatre. Select songs have been presented at Lincoln Center, both in Ross' Songbook and the Broadway's Future Songbook concert series, as well as in the Drama League's DirectorFest at the Sheen Center.
Gun & Powder has been developed in residencies at Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theater and the Barnett Residency. It was originally developed in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program Thesis Musical Series, and then given the Inaugural Workshop Production of the NYU Tisch Center for New Musicals).
Gun & Powder will have its World Premiere production in January of 2020 at the Signature Theatre, directed by acclaimed director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Slave Play) and produced by Holtzman Lopez Productions (Be More Chill).
Gun & Powder World Premiere Production at the Signature Theatre, Jan-Feb 2020
Book & Lyrics by Angelica Chéri, music by Ross Baum, directed by Robert O’Hara.
"Freedom" (Baum & Chéri) - Awa Sal Secka
Performed by Awa Sal Secka at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: September 2, 2018. Part of the IN THE WORKS: SIGNATURE THEATRE'S NEW MUSICALS.
"Open Up" (Baum & Chéri) - John Riddle
Frozen's John Riddle (JESSE) serenades with "Open Up" in the Broadway's Future Songbook Concert at Lincoln Center.