The lovely Shoshana Greenberg is launching her podcast, Scene to Song, and I had the good fortune to be her first guest! We had a super fun conversation about comedy in musical theatre, among other things -- check out the episode here!
This week I traveled to St. Louis for the Opera America conference. (All of the recipients of the 2018 Discovery Grant -- a grant supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for female opera composers --were invited to attend.) It was awesome and mind-opening to be in the company of so many smart, passionate people thinking about the future of opera, and humbling to be welcomed into their community.
So excited to announce that our world premiere production of The Loneliest Girl in the World at Diversionary Theatre has extended through July 1! Get those tickets, San Diego residents! Also happy to share some nice production photos:
So happy (and, I'll admitted, relieved) to share this rave review of our world premiere production of The Loneliest Girl in the World from the San Diego Tribune! My favorite pull quotes:
"...absorbing and smartly conceived new musical... "
"The beauty queen turned singer and orange-juice pitchwoman said some pretty ugly things about gay people once upon a time, spritzing her bigotry with the perfume of putative Christianity."
"One remarkable — and admirable — aspect of “Loneliest Girl” ...is the generosity of spirit that writer-lyricist Gordon Leary and composer Julia Meinwald extend to their subject."
"Writer Leary extends the pie motif to encompass Tommy’s bonding with his bewildered but supportive mom... over baking. The dessert’s later use as a projectile becomes an expression of something like tough love."
"Meinwald’s score hooks a playgoer with all kinds of strong melodic lines, and meshes gracefully with such well-turned Leary lyrics as: “People like me, no matter what we do, will never be people to you.”
"This is a show with enough confidence to resist some grand concluding musical statement, in favor of an almost cartoonish number whose title sums up the futility of Bryant’s wrongheaded quest: “Oh Well.”