Inside look at The Avett Brothers’ first musical, a tense shipwreck survival saga

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The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Avett Brothers never planned on making a musical, let alone a dark, twisty tale of the sea featuring more than a dozen of their songs. But nearly a decade ago, a young theater producer from south Charlotte believed one of their albums could support such a venture. Eventually, he connected with the Grammy-nominated folk rock band. He got one of his buddies to join him as producer. Later, a Tony-winning actor, a big-time Broadway director and the Oscar-nominated writer of “Gladiator” also came on board. They called their show “Swept Away.” Inspired by true events, the story…

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