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Rewriting history – Ludlow native pens musical sparked by arrest of Harvard professor


The Ludlow Register   February 4, 2015

by Paula Killough, Editor



Developmental Workshop & Public Presentation

followed by a discussion and Q&A


Join us for an inside glimpse — a developmental workshop/ public presentation of A Pint of Understanding: The Professor, the Policeman and the President.


Experience a stellar cast bring the story and score to life. Admission is free. RSVP is encouraged! 


WHEN: February 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bill Bordy Theater, Emerson College, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, MA


Upcoming Boston Musical Tackling Race Issues ... • January 12,2015


by George Lenker


A new Boston-based musical with a heavy dose of local folks was germinated five years ago, which makes it almost prescient for our current tumultuous racial times.


A Pint of Understanding, whose book was written by Ludlow native Lee Phenner, was spawned by the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a black man, by white police officer Sgt. James Crowley in July 2009. The Gates arrest led to a media circus, with President Obama weighing in on the arrest, and people ...

In retelling tale of Harvard prof, police sergeant, Arlington writer seeks hope • December 28, 2014


by Bob Sprague



Can the story of the black Harvard professor that stirred national controversy in 2009 after police believed he was breaking into his Cambridge home be set to music? Arlington writer Lee Phenner, with the help of many friends, is doing just that -- and much more.