Gordon and I are sad that our year with the Interstate 73 writers group is drawing to a close, but very excited to be capping things off with a reading of our show Something Blue! Here's the info for the free reading:
Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
Directed by Colette Robert
Music Direction by Mila Henry
With Ally Bonino, Sam Heldt & Casey Robinson
Wednesday, March 20 @ 4pm
La MaMa Rehearsal Studios, 47 Great Jones Street
Reserve your free ticket here
Casey and Joelle fell in love when they moved back to their hometown as adults, and they’re getting married tomorrow. They’ve navigated the families, flowers, and fittings to have the simple, easy wedding they’ve always wanted. But when Casey’s ex-boyfriend Geoff shows up at the hotel, things can’t stay so simple. Geoff befriends Joelle and reconnects with Casey, and what has long stayed unspoken begins to surface. They must confront their expectations, hopes, and histories to find the limits and the possibilities of love and marriage.
Rehearsal for Elevator Heart are underway, and it's such fun to watch our cast of amazing performers dig their teeth into it. The show opens on Wednesday 3/27 at the Access Theatre (380 Broadway) and runs through Sunday April 7. Tickets are available here!
It was an absolute joy to hear REB+VoDKa+ME (with some new string arrangements!) performed as part of American Lyric Theatre's alumni concert at the Morgan Library. Huge thanks for Larry Edelson for including a piece tied to musical theatre world!
Gordon and I are back from a lovely week in Chicago, where we got to see Something Blue on its feet for the first time with Underscore Theatre Company as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. The reading was directed by Isaac Loomer and Rachel Johnson, music directed by Annabelle Revak, and featured Britain Gebhardt, Alex Newkirk, and Sam Button-Harrison. We're super grateful for the time we got to spend watching the group do such beautiful work on the piece, and for what was one of our most thoughtful and interesting talk-backs (hooray for super-engaged Chicago audiences!)
After the 2017 Canadian premiere of Pregnancy Pact, The Edge Productions is planning a new production of the show to play in Windsor, ON, and then Toronto, this spring! The audition notice is up, complete, to my delight, with an "ear test" to prepare the cast for the, um, not totally simple vocal harmonies. I'll post more info on the shows as the dates draw nearer!
Gordon and I are so grateful to Michael Lluberes and everyone at Flint Repertory Theatre for bringing us to Michigan for a chance to work on The Magnificent Seven. It was a thrill to meet the magnificent many who make up this theatre's community, including the 11 actors who gamely learned 22 songs in about 16 hours of rehearsal. (Thank goodness we had MD extraordinaire Rich Silverstein at the helm!) We had a ball getting to know Flint (in the few hours we weren't rehearsing or seeing readings of other shows in the festival) and learned a ton from getting to see the full piece out loud.
Gordon and I are headed to to the midwest this February for a workshop of Something Blue with Underscore Theatre Company as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. We're so excited to hear our brand new show out loud and taste famous pizza in the wind! The reading is on Monday 2/18 at 8pm at The Edge Theater, and (free!) tickets are available here.
I had a ball as an American Lyric Theatre resident composer almost (gasp!) ten years ago, and am pleased as punch that REB+VoDKa+ME will be featured in the ALT Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library on March 3rd at 3pm. Tickets are available here!
We have a complete draft of Something Blue, along with a complete score! The wonderful Johnny Shea, Victoria Hustom-Elem, and Sam Heldt came over to my place for a little super-low-key recording session so Gordon and I could hear the new tunes. What fun!