When I wrote "Always Count on the girls" an anthem of friendship and cammaderie among women in the theater, hovering in the back of my mind was Donna McKechnie. The Tony Award Winning actress, singer and dancer is everyone's idea of a broadway star and an iconic veteran of the stage.
"Always Count on the Girls", which I wrote in honor of The Ziegfeld Club, is a song about a mature Ziegfeld chorus girl looking back at her glamorous youth and lasting friendships from her days at the Follies. There couldn't be a more perfect match of song and performer than the star of the original A CHORUS LINE.
In 1971, following her critical acclaim for Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY, Donna received the title of Honorary Miss ZIegfledfrom The Ziegfeld Club, then run by Veteran Ziegfeld girls. So her coming back to the Club was that rare thing - a perfect circle in the history of life and art.
Donna felt so too. I couldn't be more elated when she listened to the song and loved it. She...
My song "You'll be here beside me" has been a quiet favorite of mine for some time. I wrote it for a show called Grand Magic, which I abandoned. But the songs kept nudging me that it wanted to leave the drawer and see the world.
Extracting a song from its very specific original context was an interesting challenge. It meant that I had to find the song a new context which doesn't rely on previous knowledge of character or situation, yet was specific enough to make sense and serve a performer.
Once I realized the new "story" I was able to go ahead and rewrite the song.
It quickly became a favorite of my friend and brilliant actor-singer-multi-instrumentalist Jen Eden.
Jen recently debut the song in her succesful cabaret 'Oboe You Didn't' in a new arrangement with Oboe and Violin, featuring Sarah Hawkey. I was so happy the song gets to live and breathe outside of my drawer and its original context. And so was the song.
KEF DATE is a brand new animated webseries for children. It is the first Hebrew-English bi-lingual show of its kind.
KEF DATE is the brainchild of Yeladudes Theater - A bi-lingual theater company performing Hebrew-English shows all year long in the tri-state area. I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Yeladudes Theater and the KEF DATE crew to write the opening theme song for the show.
Theme song Music Production: Andrew Fox, and Vocal recording by Jonathan Jetter.
Hanoch Levin's wonderful play "Heffetz" will receive a New York premier reading in Nadav Wiesel's new transaltion as part of the Dramatists Guild's Friday Night Footlights Series.. Levin is one of Israel's top playwrights. His works are delightfully dark and whimsical, and have caused many an uproar in Israel (and at times even censure). "Humiliating Fing" ("Heffetz" in Hebrew) Is one of Levin's most popular plays- centered on extreme power-play, generational dynamics, life and death- all with a darkly comic edge.
This play and playwright have been a passion of mine for many years, and I am excited to be sharing this with you in my new translation!
The cast includes Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), MAC Award winner Carolyn Montegormry Forant, Jen Eden, Nathan Brisby, Zak Risinger, Meaghan Boeing and Robby Sandler.
LOCATION: Dramatists Guild- 1501 Broadway (Heart of Times Square)
In the Frederick Loewe Room, located in Suite 710.
I am thrilled to announce that my work will be presented with the NY Theatre Barn!
Theater Barn presents and promotes new musical theatre, and their New Works Series is an exciting place to present new material. I am honored to have been invited to present my music.
The upcoing concert will feature an incredible cast of Broadway talent, and Music Directed by Daniel Rein.
The concert will feature selections from the revised "The Femme Fatale Show", as well as some new music from upcoming projects. I hope to see you there, all the details are below.
New York Theatre Barn is a Manhattan-based non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and dedicated to developing and producing new musicals that tell untold stories. The company is uniquely positioned to develop, promote, and preserve stories and perspectives that are challenging, alternative, and are not traditionally told through the art form of musical theatre
NY Theatre Barn
Joe Barros, Artistic Director
Mark Montague, Interim Managing D...
I am honored to have my music featured in Marble Choir's upcoming concert "Contemporary Elements: New Song in NYC" on May 7th, 2015.
My music will be sung by the wonderful Soprano Sarah Hawkey, in an exciting world premier arrangement.
Below is the information from Marble Choir:
Our final Marble Music Next Door concert of the season features works by some of New York's finest art song composers. Performers include singers from Marble's very own The Marble Choir as well as Ken Dake at the piano. Tickets are $20 general admission ($10 students/seniors) at the door.
Artistic directors: Sarah Griffiths and Tami Petty
Performers - Justine Aronson, Sarah Griffiths, Sarah Hawkey, Lauren-Rose King, Tami Petty, sopranos
Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano
Chad Kranak, Christopher Preston Thompson, tenors
Greg Hoyt, Marcus Jordan, baritones