Music & Lyrics by Becky Hobbs
Book by Nick Sweet & Becky Hobbs
We have had 6 productions so far: Hartwell, GA in 2012 (6 shows), Tahlequah, OK in 2013 (4 shows), Tulsa, OK in Aug. 2014 (3 shows), Kingsport, TN in Oct. 2014 (8 shows), Tulsa, OK in 2015 (3 shows) and Greenville, TX in April 2016 (9 shows).
Becky Hobbs's and Nick Sweet's interpretive story of Nanyehi is a world-class musical production. As one of her descendants, the story of Nancy Ward is both inspirational and deeply personal to me. The stirring compositions, riveting dialogue and modern choreography make this a must-see piece of musical theater. Cherokee Nation history enthusiasts and theater fans will be mesmerized with Becky’s wonderful creation.
- Bill John Baker, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK
While Nancy Ward's history is intriguing and the basis for an exciting musical and Becky Hobbs original songs tell a haunting story, the 'cry for peace' that Ward made during the Revolutionary War era is one that still resonates today.
- D. Ray Smith, The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, TN.
NANYEHI set several attendance records in Kingsport, TN during it’s 2014 run: the single night attendance record, the combined attendance record for any Kingsport Theatre Guild production in 67 years, and a new record for the venue, The Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre, which also hosts professional touring acts.
- Tina Radtke, Executive Director, Kingsport Theatre Guild
As a person who loves Broadway plays, attending 5-6 per year, I was somewhat reluctant to attend a local play in our small town. Nanyehi-Beloved Woman of the Cherokee was absolutely outstanding. Had I not gone to the last performance I would certainly have gone a second time. Please let me know when this play is in our area again and I will be sure a group of us attend. Thanks for bringing the play to Kingsport and the locals were truly outstanding in their roles.
- Dennis Phillips, Mayor of Kingsport, TN
The Kingsport production of “Nanyehi” exceeded all of our expectations. The cast and audience fell in love with the characters, story and beautiful music. We were pleased to host over 1,500 of our community and visitors and received many, many compliments on behalf of the production. Everyone loved it!
- Bonnie Macdonald, Director of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
An enthralling epic saga of war and peace unfolds on the stage of Greenville's Texan Theater. The inspiring "Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward" goes from jolly games of stickball to harsh, bloody battles and from romance to tragedy.
Utilizing the evocative vocals and drums of Native American culture along with the folk music and ballads of early American settlers, composer, playwright and musical director Becky Hobbs' composition presents Nanyehi's remarkable life in a superb musical drama. Introduced in the overture, the haunting theme "Nanyehi" recurs throughout the production.
- Alice Reese, The Harold-Banner, Greenville, Texas
NANYEHI – The Story of Nancy Ward is based on the life of Becky’s 5th-great grandmother, Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, who was first honored as a Cherokee war woman, then as a peacemaker in the 1700’s. She was first named Nanyehi, and later known as Nancy Ward. The musical chronicles her life (1738-1822), her struggles, her loves, her family. To read more about Nancy Ward’s life, visit the Association of the Descendants of Nancy Ward web site: www.nancyward.org
Becky talks about her music career and "Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward" on Osiyo TV.
Becky is interviewed by Sam Jones at Rogers State University, Claremore, OK.
NANYEHI- Inside Look, Cherokee Nation Businesses - Aug. 2014Channel 6 News Tulsa - Aug. 2013