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A MOSTLY ONE-MAN SHOW
Book, Music & Lyrics by Eli Hans
Performed by Eli Hans & Joseph Bennett
Directed by Meridith Grundei

Photos by: Scott Umstattd

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Infused with humor and original music, award-winning Out of the Blue is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of hope and resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

After a dire cancer diagnosis, Eli embarks on a memorable healing journey learning to make peace with his past; a coming-of-age story spanning five decades, of a gay kid on a quest for true love.

 

Playing nearly 25 characters - and joined by his husband Joseph Bennett on stage - Eli takes the audience on an unforgettable, intimate ride filled with love, laughter, heartache and miracles. 

You'll laugh, cry and even fall in love a little.

NOTE:

Age Recommendation: 14+

Content Warning: sexuality, suicide ideation, a couple F-bombs.

 The WORLD PREMIERE in San Miguel de Allende, Mx was a HIT!

ALL SHOWS were SOLD-OUT with Standing Ovations!

"A triumph!" "A tour de force musical." "Moving! Inspiring! Entertaining at the highest level." 
"An award-winning performance." "A one-man mini-Broadway show!" "Bring Kleenex!"

THANK YOU!

 The HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL in June, 2022 was a HIT too! 
 

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Read Hollywood Fringe audience reviews here.

Read Theater Critics' reviews here. 

OUT OF THE BLUE was Nominated in 6 categories

by BROADWAY WORLD LOS ANGELES!

 

Runner Up - Best Solo Performance in LA - Eli Hans

 

Best Solo Production 

Best New Play or Musical 

Best Direction of a Musical - Meridith Grundei 

Best Lighting Design of a Play/Musical - Nick Foran 

Best Supporting Performer/Musical - Joseph Bennett 

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PLEASE WATCH THE FUN TRAILER BELOW

OUT OF THE BLUE TRAILER w/testimonials
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SOME IMAGES FROM THE SHOW

Photos by Scott Umstattd

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Words of praise

"As a theater critic for 30 years, never has a piece of theater so affected me personally. It’s relentlessly charming and delightful… full of heart, humor, and hope.”

Pat Launer - Emmy Award-winning theater critic, San Diego CA

“Wow! What an accomplishment! An award-winning performance and a first-class production all the way!” Michael Gottlieb - Artistic director, actor, author.

"A tour de force new musical! Eli’s balancing act combining drama and comedy, honesty and sensitivity, wit and wisdom, all made the 90-minutes seem like 90-seconds. Bravo!"   Mark Saunders - Theatre producer, author.

"Delightfully straightforward, honest and earnest, amusing and moving, beautifully sung and cleverly staged. Bravo! Bravo!" Michael Dobbin - Theatre Director

"Polished, moving and beautifully told. The songs were not only entertaining, but memorable. The whole package was superbly engaging. I adored the show! 

Susan Page - Executive Director, San Miguel Writers' Conference

"The show works from beginning to end. The music is delightful and creative, the story is hugely entertaining. I’ve only got two thumbs, but they’re both up for this production." Doug Robinson - World Class musician/performer

"A celebration of what fine live theatre can and should be! What a courageous, joyous ride you took us on!"

Christine Yannatelli - Audience member

"What a brave, personal and moving story with great music, and with such universal themes. I left feeling like I wanted to hug everyone and myself a little tighter."  Stan Allen - Audience member

"A triumph! Smart, insightful and compelling. Eli’s singing and acting are exceptional and contain enjoyable nods to classic musicals." 

Janette Higgins - Audience member

"We would recommend Out of The Blue to our pickiest theater friends! We loved it!"  Paula Chess - Audience member

"I was so moved by your story and the performance... it was exquisite! Your light and love shows through brilliantly; your openness and vulnerability surprised me and touched my heart! Millions need to see this!" Joleen Gose - Audience member.

Hi, I'm Eli

During the unprecedented Covid times, I became focused (OK, let's call it obsessed) on creating this show: writing the script, lyrics and music, designing the set and costumes, and pulling together a super talented creative team.

 

My dream is to share my healing adventure of overcoming cancer - and other life-changing events against all odds - to inspire others to thrive, in spite of great challenges in our lives. Out of the Blue is an uplifting true story of hope and resilience. 

And guess what? My dream has come true! The World Premiere in San Miguel, and the U.S. Premiere in Hollywood were very well received, as the ensuing performances in the San Miguel Solo Theatre Festival, in Mexico, dozens of online presentations, and a special presentation in Boulder, CO.

International audiences have loved the show and we've received wonderful awards, multiple nominations, standing ovations and rave reviews. I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you!

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Eli Hans

Award-winning playwright, actor,

composer and lyricist!

OUR CREATIVE TEAM

I'm eternally grateful for the love, care, and expertise of

our talented creative team who helped birth the show.

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MERIDITH GRUNDEI
Director
New York
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JOSEPH BENNETT
Co-star & Stage Manager 
San Miguel de Allende, Mx
CHRISTIE
CHRISTIE OLVERA
Choreographer
San Miguel de Allende, Mx
KONRAD PLUTA
Musical Arranger
Calgary, CA
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JESSICA LYNN JOHNSON
Solo Theater Coach/Producer

Hollywood, California
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MICHAEL GOTTLIEB
Script Consultant
California
MARY NORQUIST
Associate Producer
San Migue de Allende, Mx
YA YA SILVA MÉNDEZ
 Production Manager
San Migue de Allende, Mx

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