Gordon and I are excited that our song "Oh Killer" from REB+VoDKa+ME will be featured later this month in the A Little New Music concert at The Wallis in LA. We wish we could be there to see it, but can't wait to watch the youtubes :) More info here, if you're in LA and want to check it out!
Elevator Heart produced by the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at The University of San Francisco
Alas, I couldn't make it to the west coast to catch this performance in person, but Sara and Amy brought back news of what an awesome job this awesome group of women did with our show.
This week I am having the most rapturous time at a writers' retreat with SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gordon and I are here through Page 73, and we've had the most wonderful week working on our various shows and communing with the sheep, horses, rabbits, and impressively sized bugs. Each day all the artists in residence gather for three amazing farm-to-table meals prepared by a resident chef, and this combination of structure/community and freedom to work has made this one of my most pleasant and productive writing experiences.
We have a first full draft of The Magnificent Seven, so Gordon and I gathered together some of our very favorite collaborators to read and sing through the whole thing. Thanks to Shaleah Adkisson, Renee Albulario, Delaney Amatrudo, Ian Axness, Ally Bonino, David Friedlander, Holly Gould, Brandon Michael Lowden, Ellen Macy, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Keith Rubin, and Hana Slevin for a great read and a great discussion.
Fun news: the University of San Francisco will be producing Elevator Heart as their fall mainstage production! More info and tickets here.
So fun to be named an "other name to investigate" in the last paragraph of Playbill's Writers You Should Know Mixtape.
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