Reading this Broadway World article has me even more excited to be part of this amazing New Writers series that the awesomely wonderful Jen Tepper is producing at 54 Below. Gordon and I could not be more excited for our show, which kicks off the series at 7pm on Sunday, July 30th! Get your tickets here! And look at this insane cast we've got: Delaney Amatrudo, Ally Bonino, Sojourner Brown. Max Chernin , Molly Hager, Sam Heldt , Emily Jenda , Marina Kondo, Kelsey Lake, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Evan Maltby, Allison Posner, Allie Sandler, Libby Servais, Johnny Shea, Phoebe Strole and Allie Trimm ....a very fine group of humans if I do say so myself.
Gordon and I are so excited to be back at Yale as alumni writers in residence at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre! (We developed Pregnancy Pact at YIMT in 2011) We've fallen madly in love with the other writing teams here, and are trying to carve out enough time from rocking out to their demos to finish a draft of REB + VoDKa + ME. Also, great news: My favorite restaurant from when I was an undergraduate here Twelve Years ago still remembers me and what my favorite dish is! Not directly related to musical theatre, but surely somehow this will affect my songwriting.
Gordon and I are so excited to be putting together a concert featuring songs from our three newest shows: The Magnificent Seven, Something Blue, and REB + VoDKa + ME! Our blurb:
Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary write aggressively empathetic musical theatre. In the tradition of their shows Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse, 2012) and The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre, 2018), their three newest musicals explore unlikely (and sometimes unlikable) characters behaving badly. Come hear songs about ankle-busting Olympic gymnasts, fans of school shooters, and gay people getting straight-married. There will be extremely talented performers singing very high notes. There will be an extremely talented band playing a wide range of notes. There will be love notes if you find yourself in an unexpected romantic moment with the stranger seated at your table. Either way, it promises to be a fun, dark, twisty time!
Get your tickets here!
On Tuesday 5/16, the soon to be graduates of the New Studio on Broadway put on their senior presentation at The Green Room 42. The program featured both classic musical theatre songs and newer fare --- including Girls Suck from Pregnancy Pact! I had the pleasure of getting to know some of these performers this fall when NSB put on a workshop production of Elevator Heart, and I was so honored to be included in the awesome show they put together!
If you've seen a concert of mine, you may know that I tend to lean pretty heavily towards ballad-land; I just love a nice, moody slow song! All the more reason I was stoked that Gordon and my song "The First Day Without You" was featured on a Contemporary Musical Theatre blog post listing some of their favorite Pop-Rock Uptempo songs! See that world? I am technically capable of writing at a clip faster than 120 bpm! They say:
"It’s her first day without him and what does she do? Sing this awesome pop rock breakup song! Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary’s fun and feisty song for a soprano with a good mix takes us through all the raw emotions of a breakup – from funny to poignant. It could easily be cut and would make a great 16 bar audition song."
You can read the whole blog post here, and check out the song below!
San Diego is getting pied! Gordon and I are beyond thrilled that The Loneliest Girl in the World is slated for a world premiere at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego next year! The production will be directed by Diversionary's artistic director Matt Morrow, and will run from May 24-July 2, 2018.
Founded in 1986, Diversionary’s mission is to “provide an inspiring and thought provoking theatrical platform to explore complex and diverse LGBT stories, which influence the larger cultural discussion” and to “foster and amplify the next generation of LGBT voices by providing live entertainment in a dynamic, inclusive and provocative environment that celebrates and preserves our unique culture.” You can check out their season announcement or read up on their whole season on their website.
The production is supported by a generous grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre -- you can check out other grant recipients here!
Gordon and I are excited to be working with the American Musical Theatre Academy this spring! Our superfriend/MD collaborator extraordinaire is leading the students in AMTA's one-year preparatory program in four weeks of masterclasses on Gordon and my work. The students are great, and we've got them working on material from six of our shows. What fun!
How nice of the lovely Megan Loughgran to include an interview with me on Yale.nyc! Check out the article here to see me getting my chat on about musicals and milkshakes.
So excited to be heading to Yale this June for the Alumni Writers' Residency at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre! Gordon and I will be using our two weeks there to work on our show REB + VoDKa + ME. I will also be using the time to eat my weight in late-night-dumplings at Ivy Noodle. We had such a wonderful experience developing Pregnancy Pact at YIMT in 2011 -- I couldn't be more excited to be going back with a new show.
Gordon and I are so excited to be starting work with our new agent, Mark Orsini at Bret Adams Ltd. Wahooo!