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Saved is a musical with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and the book by John Dempsey and Rinne Groff. It is based on the 2004 film Saved!. It premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2008.I'm
Saved premiered at Playwrights Horizons on June 3, 2008 and closed on June 22, 2008. Directed by Gary Griffin, the cast featured Celia Keenan-Bolger (Mary), John Dossett (Pastor Skip), and Julia Murney (Lillian). The choreography was by Sergio Trujillo, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Donald Holder, and sets by Scott Pask.
The New York Time Out magazine article noted that Saved "runs on teen power—its cast features 13 young characters rocking out against two adult authority figures."
"The show’s original creative team believed the show needed another opportunity to further its development. According to Griffin, ' 'Saved' is like many other successful musicals that do not reach their full potential in their first production. I believe we were only able to get a good first draft in New York, and it would be a shame to stop when we were just discovering the musical’s strengths.' " The cast features Felicia Finley, Graham Rowat and Nick Spangler. The writers have continued to develop the musical, according to Playbill.
At American Eagle Christian High School Mary and her friend Hilary are seniors. Mary's boyfriend Dean tells her that he may be homosexual, and Mary has a religious vision. In her vision, she is advised to help him. However, her attempts at good deeds go awry, and she questions her faith and beliefs. The principal of the High School, Pastor Skip, and Mary's widowed mother Lillian are romantically involved.
- Celia Keenan-Bolger - Mary
- John Dossett - Pastor Skip
- Julia Murney - Lillian
- Mary Faber - Hilary Faye
- Josh Brekenridge - Shane
- Juliana Ashley Hansen - Lana
- Curtis Holbrook - Roland
- Van Hughes - Patrick
- Jason Michael Snow - Zac
- Aaron Tveit - Dean
- Emily Walton - Tia
- Morgan Weed - Cassandra
Awards and nominations
- Outstanding Musical (nomination)
- Outstanding Choreographer (nomination)
- Cote, David. "Musical theater report: THE ANTHROPOLOGIST"New York Time Out, April 9–15, 2008
- Guerin, Christopher. “ Saved seeks to redeem" kcmetropolis.org, September 28, 2010
- Staff." 'Saved' Opens Kansas City Repertory’s 2010-11 Season" infozine.com, August 14, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam."Felicia Finley, Graham Rowat and Nick Spangler Will Be Saved in Kansas City" playbill.com, August 10, 2010