Holding On - The New Musical

Holding On - The New Musical HOLDING ON is a new musical in development about Harlem life in 1969, by Neil Klein and Jay Blotcher. Visit our website http://holdingonthemusical.com/

HOLDING ON is an emotionally raw new musical drama by Neil Klein and Jay Blotcher. Award-winning director and choreographer DJ Salisbury is at the helm of this provocative production that examines an explosive era: when America was at war in Vietnam and with itself. Bold, yet studded with comic turns, HOLDING ON takes us to Harlem in the late '60s where we follow an unforgettable cast of characters; notably Ricky, a young man of mixed race who is struggling to fit in. When he meets Penelope, a young white woman working for social change, she inspires him to join her anti-war cause. Soon, they fall in love. But tragedy suddenly intervenes and the two pair, suddenly torn apart, must struggle to reconnect with their dreams -- and with each other. Powered by Klein's soul-stirring original musical score, HOLDING ON is about the unexpected challenges that shape our destinies and the idealism that nurtures our souls. But, mostly, HOLDING ON is about the power of hope. HOLDING ON will star musical theatre veteran Terri White as family matriarch Alice Turner. Ms. White has appeared in the Broadway revivals of Finian’s Rainbow, Chicago and, most recently, the acclaimed production of Follies in New York and Los Angeles.

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A big leap forward for our new musical "Holding On”, created by Neil Klein and Jay Blotcher.  We are ecstatic to begin a...
10/31/2019

A big leap forward for our new musical "Holding On”, created by Neil Klein and Jay Blotcher. We are ecstatic to begin an artistic collaboration with the renowned New Heritage Theatre Group​ of Harlem. We will be working with two legendary, award-winning visionaries: NHTG founder and Executive Producer Voza Rivers​ and Executive Artistic Director Jamal Joseph. Our Tony-winning general manager, Jamie Cesa​, brought us to this significant next step in production development.
Thanks to our longtime supporters; you share in this victory! We will provide updates in our journey.
(In this photo, Jamie Cesa, Voza Rivers and co-creator and composer Neil Klein​ celebrate the start of our collaboration.)

A big leap forward for the new musical Holding On! We are ecstatic to begin an artistic collaboration with the renowned ...
10/31/2019

A big leap forward for the new musical Holding On! We are ecstatic to begin an artistic collaboration with the renowned New Heritage Theatre Group of Harlem. We will be working with two legendary visionaries: NHTG founder and Executive Producer Voza Rivers and Executive Artistic Director Jamal Joseph. Our general manager, Jamie Cesa, brought us to this significant next step in production development. Thanks to our longtime supporters; you share in this victory with us! We will provide updates in our journey.
(In this photo, Jamie Cesa, Voza Rivers and Neil Klein celebrate the start of our collaboration.)

We're happy to introduce the show's new executive producer! Jamie Cesa of Cesa Entertainment will guide us to the first ...
11/14/2017
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We're happy to introduce the show's new executive producer! Jamie Cesa of Cesa Entertainment will guide us to the first 29-hour rehearsal for "Holding On." Stay tuned for updates.

08/03/2017

Hello to friends of "Holding On"! Despite our silence, there are behind-the-scenes developments. We will announce them when the time is right. Stay tuned and thanks for your ongoing support.

A health update on the star of "Holding On," musical theater veteran Terri White!
06/01/2017
Click here to support Terri White Medical Fund organized by Kelly Briggs

A health update on the star of "Holding On," musical theater veteran Terri White!

Dear Friends, Fans & Colleagues of Terri White. She is in need of our help. Terri has a rare blood disease and is in need of chemotherapy treatments. Terri has no insurance. The treatments are 1500.00 per week plus 1,000.00 in prescriptions. Please consider donating to help Terri. She has done s...

Just a reminder that veteran Broadway actor Terri White, star of "Holding On," still faces major health challenges. Plea...
03/01/2017
Click here to support Terri White Medical Fund by Kelly Briggs

Just a reminder that veteran Broadway actor Terri White, star of "Holding On," still faces major health challenges. Please consider making a donation to ensure she receives the care she needs.

Dear Friends, Fans & Colleagues of Terri White. She is in need of our help. Terri has a rare blood disease and is in need of chemotherapy treatments. Terri has no insurance. The treatments are 1500.00 per week plus 1,000.00 in prescriptions. Please consider donating to help Terri. She has done s...

The star of "Holding On," Broadway veteran Terri White, is facing some formidable health challenges. Let's pull together...
11/16/2016
Click here to support Terri White Medical Fund by Kelly Briggs

The star of "Holding On," Broadway veteran Terri White, is facing some formidable health challenges. Let's pull together and help this great woman!

Dear Friends, Fans & Colleagues of Terri White. She is in need of our help. Terri has a rare blood disease and is in need of chemotherapy treatments. Terri has no insurance. The treatments are 1500.00 per week plus 1,000.00 in prescriptions. Please consider donating to help Terri. She has done s...

09/18/2016
Kinky Boots on Broadway

"Holding On" cast member Alan Mingo and the company of his hit show, Kinky Boots on Broadway, have a special message for all Americans! Testify, Lola!

Watch as Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein share an important message about voting – and help audiences at KINKY BOOTS register!

Register now at www.Kinky.Vote.

06/21/2016
“Broadway for Orlando”: The Exclusive Music Video

The cast and crew of "Holding On" applaud the Broadway for Orlando group that recorded this classic Bacharach-David song to raise funds for the survivors and families of the victims of the Pulse massacre. Each download sends money where it is needed.
https://player.vimeo.com/video/171342930

A chorus of Broadway celebrities raised their voices in song in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history. Sara Bareilles, Carole…

06/03/2016
Kinky Boots on Broadway

Alan Mingo, Jr., who plays Cassius in our show, leads the cast of Kinky Boots on Broaday New York - Al Hirschfeld Theater (plus show creators Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein) in this musical number with an uplifting message!

You change the world when you change your mind. #JustPee

This week, composer-lyricist Neil Klein gathered the trio of knock-outs who play neighborhood girls Jackie, Adele and Ma...
04/23/2016

This week, composer-lyricist Neil Klein gathered the trio of knock-outs who play neighborhood girls Jackie, Adele and Marietta to record the show-stopper "Look at Me" at NYC's Whitewater Recording Studios. Fun and funkiness for all! Thanks to Melana Lloyd, Chondra Profit and Monette McKay!

The cast and crew of "Holding On" proudly welcome gifted choreographer Ray Mercer of Ray Mercer Dance to our creative te...
03/14/2016

The cast and crew of "Holding On" proudly welcome gifted choreographer Ray Mercer of Ray Mercer Dance to our creative team. Gymnastic energy and a passion for social change distinguish Mercer's dance pieces. Learn more at http://www.raymercerdance.com/

"Holding On" revisits Harlem in 1969, and will recreate the look and feel of that era onstage. Meet a man trying to pres...
03/01/2016
Much to Save in Harlem, but Historic Preservation Lags, a Critic Says

"Holding On" revisits Harlem in 1969, and will recreate the look and feel of that era onstage. Meet a man trying to preserve Harlem's heritage.

A preservationist mourned an important building of the Harlem Renaissance and other sites that he said would surely have been preserved in another neighborhood.

Neil Klein and I attended an exhilarating event last night, Pure Motion: An Evening of Dances by Ray Mercer. A benefit f...
03/01/2016
Pure Motion 2016 - Broadway Cares

Neil Klein and I attended an exhilarating event last night, Pure Motion: An Evening of Dances by Ray Mercer. A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Congratulations to Ray Mercer and all the exquisite dancers involved!

Pure Motion, an evening of dances by Ray Mercer

Happy birthday to the star of Holding On -- Ms. Terri White, who has nurtured our musical since the very beginning! Talk...
01/24/2016

Happy birthday to the star of Holding On -- Ms. Terri White, who has nurtured our musical since the very beginning! Talk about your red-hot mamas! Hurrah for Terri White Fanpage!

Some of our best "Holding On" business meetings and celebrations happened at Angus' Cafe Bistro. We will miss it!
01/04/2016
A Homey Hangout for Broadway Stars Closes After 14 Years

Some of our best "Holding On" business meetings and celebrations happened at Angus' Cafe Bistro. We will miss it!

Angus’s Cafe and Bistro, a restaurant on West 44th Street, attracted stars and producers of ‘The Producers’ as investors and patrons.

This past Thursday evening, Holding On creative team members director-dramaturg DJ Salisbury, composer-librettist Neil K...
07/26/2015

This past Thursday evening, Holding On creative team members director-dramaturg DJ Salisbury, composer-librettist Neil Klein and librettist Jay Blotcher met in the West Village for a dinner meeting, to discuss plans for moving forward on the staged reading of the show! Stay tuned.

07/24/2015
Alan Mingo Jr. chats about his role in Kinky Boots

Alan Mingo, Jr., who plays the amoral Cassius, the neighborhood pimp and pusher in Holding On, is currently wowing them as the lead in the Toronto production of Kinky Boots on Broadway! He's there through November.

Kinky Boots begins June 16th at The Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Last night, Neil and Jay met with musical theater veteran Neil Berg to discuss the forthcoming staged reading for "Holdi...
06/19/2015

Last night, Neil and Jay met with musical theater veteran Neil Berg to discuss the forthcoming staged reading for "Holding On." He's been supportive from the start and continues to inspire and guide us. Thanks, Neil www.holdingonthemusical.com

Happy birthday to Terri White, our favorite leading lady -- the fierce, loving, defiant and inspirational Alice, matriar...
01/24/2015

Happy birthday to Terri White, our favorite leading lady -- the fierce, loving, defiant and inspirational Alice, matriarch of the musical Holding On!

We are over the moon for Terri White, the Broadway veteran who plays the lead role in "Holding On" of the mighty but com...
01/20/2015
Broadway World.com - #1 Site for Broadway Shows, Theatre, Live Entertainment, Tickets & More!

We are over the moon for Terri White, the Broadway veteran who plays the lead role in "Holding On" of the mighty but compassionate matriarch, Alice Turner! For the second straight year the voters at the website BroadwayWorld.com named her the "Best One-Show, One-Night Special Event" for her show "Two Score" at 54 Below. The awards will be given out this evening. Jubilation!

Broadway World.com - The #1 Site for Broadway, Theatre, Live Entertainment, Broadway Shows and Broadway Tickets

Progress on our musical is happening quickly! There will be lots of developments in 2015. If you'd like to be on the ins...
01/09/2015
HOLDING ON - THE MUSICAL : Mailing List Signup

Progress on our musical is happening quickly! There will be lots of developments in 2015. If you'd like to be on the inside track for updates, please sign up for the free Holding On newsletter here:

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Hats off to Holding On - The New Musical cast member Melana Lloyd, whose recent appearance in the Kander and Ebb r***e m...
01/03/2015
Kander and Ebb r***e refuses to let entertainment ebb at Farmers Alley Theatre cabaret (review)

Hats off to Holding On - The New Musical cast member Melana Lloyd, whose recent appearance in the Kander and Ebb r***e made entertainment news in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

If "And the World Goes 'Round," a r***e of well-known to obscure songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, were a pizza, it'd be deep dish with all the toppings. If it were a holiday meal, it would be a turducken.

Danny Fields, a longtime supporter of "Holding On" (he attended the last two table readings), is profiled in today's The...
12/26/2014
Iggy, Lou, Joey — and Danny

Danny Fields, a longtime supporter of "Holding On" (he attended the last two table readings), is profiled in today's The New York Times. Learn more about his amazing life.

From the Doors to the Ramones, Danny Fields witnessed a revolution from the inside, and kept records.

11/17/2014

The October 7 "Holding On" table reading was a revelation for us! It reminded us what an amazing cast we have and proved how strong the show is. It also alerted us that we have more revisions, to streamline and strengthen the musical. So, we're trimming scenes for the holidays. Thanks to all for your ongoing support!

Holding On partially deals with the issue of skin color and racism; the lead character Ricky is of mixed race and faces ...
10/13/2014
'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Holding On partially deals with the issue of skin color and racism; the lead character Ricky is of mixed race and faces mistrust from both sides. Here's another look at the issue, from NPR:

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

Get to know the latest addition to the talented cast of Holding On: Ann McCormack! Her credits include: 50th Anniversary...
10/13/2014

Get to know the latest addition to the talented cast of Holding On: Ann McCormack! Her credits include: 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story (Maria), Song of Solomon at The Actor's Temple (Almah), Sweetie at Signature Theatre-Pershing Square (Sweetie), Wynton Marsalis Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration (US tour). Yanni World Tour, Parable of the Sower at New York City Opera (workshop). Ann has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden) and in many theaters and arenas across the globe. www.annmccormack.com

Team Ricky (the cast of "Holding On"). October 8, 2014, NYC. Official photo by Dennis O'Clair.
10/09/2014

Team Ricky (the cast of "Holding On"). October 8, 2014, NYC. Official photo by Dennis O'Clair.

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Excited to hear more about this stirring production-tell me the when and where and...I'm there👏👏