Saturday, September 03, 2011


My documentary finally airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this coming Thursday September 8th at 9PM ET/PT.

The film revolves around the "Freddy Awards," a live television event in eastern PA that celebrates high school musical theater. In the vein of "Spellbound," the doc follows three teen theater troupes and their creative journeys to, what some consider, the Tony Awards for high school musicals.

The film examines the disparity between sports and the arts in our schools and is a love letter to performing arts education - which was a big part of my high school years.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) called it: "The feel good documentary of the year.

The above review is from this week's "Star Magazine."

Here's Matt Roush's review from TV GUIDE:

Sleeper of the Week: Like a real-life Glee, and possibly the most charming and disarming documentary since BBC America's The Choir last summer, the OWN Documentary Club presents Most Valuable Players (9/8c), which puts the spotlight on the "Freddy Awards," a yearly competition for high school musical theater in the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) region. This 90-minute film tracks three high schools as they put on their shows — the rivalry intensified when two schools decide to do Les Miz — then sweat out the nominations and awards. The camaraderie among the theater kids is touching and funny, and the emotion is palpable when the awards' ebullient coordinator is diagnosed with cancer but is determined to present the award for that year's outstanding musical production. I can't remember when I last enjoyed a Tony broadcast this much. A genuine treat.

Please tune in or set your DVR!


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