WVPT hosts staged reading of musical based on W.Va. novel ‘Storming Heaven’

MORGANTOWN — Katy Blake recalls that she and Peter Davenport met while playing husband and wife “in just a terrible show.”
“But it’s New York and we got a paycheck and stayed friends because of it.”
Now, the pair are linked through another show, “Storming Heaven: The Musical.” But this time, they’re the creators.
“Really, this is our baby. We call each other our writing spouses,” said Blake, adding that their actual spouses are understanding of the long hours spent developing what they hope will be a Broadway-bound production.
“Most musicals that get to a Broadway stage, it’s typically a five to eight year process, because of the logistics involved,” she said. “We’re in our sixth year.”
Based on West Virginia author Denise Giardina’s W.D. Weatherford Award-winning novel, “Storming Heaven” is a fictionalized account of the labor strike in southern West Virginia coal mines and the Battle of Blair Mountain.
The musical is set in a 1920s West Virginia town. Within this tumultuous and precarious world, the audience is introduced to five people whose lives are irrevocably changed by the events around them.

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