Gordon and I are so excited to be included in this year's volume of Musical Theater Today! The great Deb Poppel interviewed us, alongside a handful of other writing teams who have logged a fair amount of time together, about what we think makes for fruitful collaboration. The issue includes a whole host of smart people on interesting topics (about 450 pages worth!) so if you're in search of a nice hefty tomb on contemporary musical theatre, check it out!
Gordon and I traveled to Toronto last weekend to see The Edge Productions' awesome production of Pregnancy Pact. We continue to be so impressed by director Miriam Goldstein and music director Sam Poole, and were overjoyed to meet the sensational cast and band. This is the first full-length show Gordon and I wrote together, almost ten years ago, and it's so fun to get to see it live on (now as a "period piece", evoking those halcyon days of 2008...)
Excited to share that Diversionary Theatre received a Frank Young grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre to do a workshop of Something Blue! Gordon and I are thrilled to have a chance to travel back to San Diego to work with the wonderful Matt Morrow once again. You can check out the Broadway World announcement for all the deets and the other cool and impressive grant recipients.
Tickets are now on sale for The Edge Productions' Pregnancy Pact! You can get tickets for the Toronto run (5/2-5/11) here, and for the Windsor run (4/24-4/27) here.
I'm so excited to have a video of my super fun collaboration with the wonderful Michelle Thompson Ulerich! Check out her awesome choreography with music by yours truly (including some rad disembodied humming from Amy Linden Peters.)
Is it, you may wonder, possible to put together a reading of a full-length three-character musical in under 13 hours of rehearsal? Conventional wisdom would say no, but when your cast includes Ally Bonino, Sam Heldt, and Casey Robinson (led by the amazing Colette Robert directing and Mila Henry music directing) the impossible becomes possible!
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!