NYTB in the D-Lounge fuses two contrasting writing teams to create an eclectic evening of music and theatre. Featured writers for the September installment include Nikki M. Jenkins and Zoe Sarnak, as well as writing teams Zak Sandler and Greg Edwards; Dave Ogrin, Steve Mackes and Ben Budick; Brett Schrier and Tess Barker; and Rob Baumgartner, Jr. and Carl Kissin.
The first set of the evening, Best of Fest, includes selections from new musicals featured in NYC’s summer festival circuit. Musicals include Wild Women of Planet Wongo, featured in the 2011 West Village Musical Theatre Festival, by Mackes (book/lyrics), Ogrin (music/lyrics) and Budick (lyrics); Time Between Us: A Musical Snapshot, featured in the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival, by Schrier (book/music/lyrics) and Barker (book/lyrics); Disenchanted: A New Musical, winner of Best Overall Production of a Reading at the 2011 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, by Jenkins (book/music/lyrics); and Date Of A Lifetime, featured at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival, by Baumgartner, Jr. (music) and Kissin (book/lyrics).
The presentations in the Best of Fest act will feature Jenkins, Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Jessica Bay Blyweiss, Claire Duncan, Lauren Ford, Jeremiah James, Tracy McDowell (Rent), Aaron Pratt, Marti Gould Cummings, J. Harrison Ghee, Daniel-Austin Logan, Farah Alvin (Nine, The Marvelous Wonderettes) and Jamie LaVerdiere (The Producers, The Pirate Queen).
The second set of the evening, The Songs of Zak Sandler and Greg Edwards, will feature the songwriting duo presenting songs from their original musical Split Decision and their adaptation of Office Space.
The presentations in the second act will feature Darren Bluestone, Chris Critelli, Augie Pralie and Ashley Tobias, with Adam Neely on bass, Sandler on piano and Danny Taylor on drums. New York Theatre Barn, under the direction of producing artistic director Joe Barros and managing director Joy Lanceta, is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and is dedicated to the investigation, development and advancement of new works.
The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 101 East 15th Street (just east of Union Square). There will be a $10 cover plus a two-drink minimum. For more information visit www.NYTheatreBarn.org.