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THE RYE WRAP UP: Nicolette Blount & Lindel Hart On The Creation of Savage The Musical

I hope you were able to catch last night's episode of "Live With Rye!" with my special guests Nicolette Blount and Lindel Hart. Nicolette is the creator, composer, book writer, ad lyricist, and Lindel is the book writer of Savage The Musical.

Savage the Musical is a dramatic musical inspired by the life of 1920s Chickasaw sharpshooter and silent film actress Wanda Savage, as told by her great granddaughter Nicolette Blount. Savage is a powerful story of redemption about an independent, divorced, indigenous mother who fought oppression, racism, sexism, and abuse to make a name for herself. Wanda’s unconquerable spirit and tenacity propelled her from a reservation in Oklahoma to worldwide fame in circuses, Vaudeville, and Hollywood before landing in a Wyoming brothel. At the heart of this story is a complicated relationship between a mother and her son.

Savage the Musical presents a modern view of Native Americans against a historical backdrop and highlights a culture and people who are underrepresented. Wanda refused to embrace the stereotype of Native women that was dominant in her day and persists into the 21st Century.

This rebel heart fulfilled her dreams in a time when women were just starting to have a voice. Her story and struggles are as relevant now as they were when she experienced them 100 years ago, holding up a mirror to our society to see how far we have come…or not. Wanda Savage was a member of the Chickasaw nation, as is her great granddaughter, creative Nicolette Blount. By including elements of their tribe’s beautiful, but endangered language in some of the script and music, we hope to bring awareness to this endangered language while honoring its significance to the Chickasaw people.

The music for Savage is a fresh take on scoring a musical with pop influenced jazz and blues that harkens back to the days of the old standards. Savage the Musical marries the old sounds of jazz with new, catchy pop music giving it a contemporary sound with some elements of the Native American sounds.

Watch this episode to hear just what inspired Nicolette to turn her grandmothers story into a musical. You will hear how Nicolette and Lindel worked together to share this powerful story. Nicolette highlights more of the history of the Chickasaw tribe and their impact on the musical.

Tune in to hear more about Savage The Musical showtimes and what is next for this musical. You won't want to miss this episode!

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