So excited to be spending the next two weeks putting together a 45 minute presentation of The Loneliest Girl in the World at NAMT! All the folks at the festival have been wonderfully kind and helpful, and our rehearsal room is a collection of some of our favorite humans, old and new. We've got director Michael Berresse and music director Rich Silverstein at the helm...and we have a cast! We’re so excited to have Sam Heldt and Dana Steingold back as Tommy and Sandra/Mary Ann, respectively, and to have Brynn O’Malley playing Anita, Eric William Morris as Bob, Pearl Sun as Kay, and Robert Ariza as Kyle. Tomorrow we bring in Nikola Tomic and Jeremy Yaddaw to complete the crew as our band.
We're gearing up for two presentations: Thursday, October 27 at 4:50pm and Friday, October 28 at 1:30pm. Both performances will take place at New World Stages’ Stage 3 (on the set of Avenue Q!) There will be a standby line for those not officially registered for the festival, and chances are very good that you’ll be able to see it. And, while you’re at it, check out some of the other shows in the festival! The full schedule is available on the NAMT website.
As a little teaser, NAMT is sponsoring a concert, The 46th Minute concert on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30pm also at New World Stages, featuring cut songs from past and present festival presentations. We'll be sharing a song from The Loneliest Girl In the World and a song from Pregnancy Pact (which we shared at the 2011 festival), to be performed by the wonderful Delaney Amatrudo, Sam Heldt, Brynn O'Malley, Johnny Shea. Tickets for the concert are here.
You guys, such an exciting week(s). I only use the word excited three times in the post, but I edited out like ten more.
We had such a lovely time presenting five songs from our new gymnastics musical the Magnificent Seven at Dixon Place earlier this month. And there's video to prove it! You can check out the whole playlist here.
Our first public performance of some brand spanking new material from our gymnastics musical that we've been developing at Fresh Ground Pepper's Playground Play Group is coming up this Thursday, 10/6, at 7:30pm at Dixon Place! We're presenting about 25 minutes of material, and we're co-billed with indubitable multi-hyphenate Adam Stasiw, who will be doing a kick-ass piece with dance, and projections and algorithms, oh my! The whole thing will be under an hour. The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show though, and you can bring your drink in the theater to raise a glass to feats of athletics and multimedia! The deets:
The Magnificent Seven
Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street)
Book and Lyics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
Tickets are here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10119170
Featuring: Collin Batten, Ally Bonino, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Elexis Morton, Gillian Munsayac, Alex Ratner, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Dana Steingold, Dustin Sullivan & Emily Walton
Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug made up the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win Olympic team gold at the 1996 Atlanta games. The Magnificent Seven imagines their inner lives on the two days of team competition, as they reach for their young dreams and their faces on the Wheaties box, all leading up to a star-making vault heard ’round the world.
So exited to announce that this fall the New Studio on Broadway at Tisch will be doing a workshop production of Elevator Heart! The show has music by me and Amy Burgess, and book and lyrics by Sara Cooper; Dev Bondarin is directing and Rich Silverstein is music directing. We have an Awesome cast, who it's been lovely to get to know as rehearsals began this week. Performances will be at 113 2nd avenue on Friday 10/14 (8pm), Saturday 10/15 (2pm and 8pm) and Sunday 10/16 (1pm).
We had such a lovely time at the Elevator Heart concert on Monday night -- and now we've got youtubes to prove it! So glad that I can watch these fiercely talented women on repeat :)
We're doing a concert of songs from Elevator Heart, the show I've been writing with the wonderful Sara Cooper and Amy Burgess. We are in Broadway world and everything y'all.
Monday August 15th at 7:30pm
Royal Theatre at the Producer's Club: 358 W 44th St, Fl 2
Supported by a grant from Queens Council on the Arts!
Tickets and Info:http://m.bpt.me/event/2583893
Music Directed by Julianne Merrill and starring:
Alyse Alan Louis
Ellen Condon Macy
Not to make promises I can't keep, but I think there will be heart shaped lollipops. At the very least, there will be 12 rad musical theatre songs.
Gordon and I got to spend a lovely week at Two Rivers Theatre in Red Bank, NJ working on our new musical The Magnificent Seven, which is about the 1996 women's Olympic gymnastics team. Are we excited to write some songs inspired by our favorite 90s rockers? Why, yes! Will we represent gymnastics on stage with elaborate puppetry? Who knows! Will Kerri Strug stick the landing? It would be pretty historically inaccurate if she did not. We're so grateful to Sarah Schlessinger and the kind folks at Two Rivers for giving us such a beautiful environment to get some new work done in.