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, as a gay kid on a quest for love.
Playing nearly 25 characters - and joined by his husband Joseph Bennett on stage - Eli takes the audience on an intimate ride filled with love, laughter, heartache and miracles.
You'll laugh, cry and even fall in love a little.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Content Warning: sexuality, suicide ideation, a couple F-bombs.
The WORLD PREMIERE in March, 2022 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." "Relentlessly charming and delightful." "An award-winning performance."
" A one-man mini-Broadway show!" "Bring Kleenex!"
OUT OF THE BLUE was Nominated in 6 categories
by BROADWAY WORLD LOS ANGELES!
Runner Up - Best Solo Performance - 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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SOME IMAGES FROM THE SHOW
Photos by Scott Umstattd
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
"A moving, compelling and relatable story about the human condition. Thousands of people need to see this." Ted Englander - Pyschologist/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.
International audiences have loved the show and we've received wonderful awards, multiple nominations and rave reviews. I couldn't be more grateful.
Writer, actor, and apparently...
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.