My heart soared like so many glass elevators in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when Sara, Amy, and I learned that THML Thearte Company will be producing Elevator Heart as part of their upcoming season! The show will run at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City in the spring of 2019. Here's the Broadway World article outlining the rest of their great lineup. Stay tuned for more updates!
Very excited that the wonderful Allie Sandler will be singing Cheerleader (lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by me) from Elevator Heart at Prospect Theatre Company's Rave Revue concert on Friday 7/27! Here's the nifty Broadway World article, and you can get tickets here!
A few more nice pull quotes from reviews of The Loneliest Girl in the World's world premiere at Diversionary Theatre!
"Ingenious...Absorbing and smartly conceived new musical...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. Meinwald's score hooks a playgoer with all kinds of strong melodic lines, and meshes gracefully with...well-turned Leary lyrics."
-James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Witty and impassioned...The melodic score is moving without becoming rhapsodic, and its clever turns spoof the pop and political landscape of the '50s and '70s."
-David L. Coddon, San Diego City Beat
"A groundbreaking, spectacular piece of theater."
-Albert H. Fulcher, Gay San Diego
"A creative and moving work...highlights the intersections of those on the opposite sides of political debate"
-Yuko Kurahashi, San Diego Free Press
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.”
I'm excited to be part of a Musical Theatre Panel, along with two of the teachers who have helped me most in my pursuit of all things music theatrical: Mel Marvin and Matthew Suttor. The panel is part of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association's Annual Meeting this Monday, June 4. You can check out the full schedule for the meeting here.