Bound for Broadway offers theatregoers a chance to hear works from up-n-coming musical-theatre writers. Previous concerts have spotlighted the songs of Avenue Q's Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and The Musical of Musicals' Joanne Bogart. This year's concert will be hosted by Liz Callaway and will feature the talents of Norbert Leo Butz, Greg Naughton, Jen Collela, Stephen Bogardus, Matthew Morrison, Kerry Butler, Jim Walton, Howard McGillin, David Pittu, Jen Chapin, Benjamin Schrader, Meghan McGeary and Addison Timlin.
The 8 PM concert will include songs from eight new musicals. Among the titles are Along the Way (by Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Gregory Christopher, James-Allen Ford, Russell Kaplan, Karla Momberger, Sara Levine and Shawn Churchman); Children’s Letters to God (music by David Evans; lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen; book by Stuart Hample); The Opposite of Sex (music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen; book by Robert Jess Roth and Douglas J. Cohen); High Fidelity (lyrics by Amanda Green; music by Tom Kitt; was (book and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort; music by Joseph Thalken); The Blue Flower (music, lyrics and book by Jim Bauer); Meet John Doe (music by Andrew Gerle; lyrics by Eddie Sugarman; book by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman); and Time After Time (book and lyrics by Stephen Cole; music by Jeffrey Saver).
Host Liz Callaway, most recently on Broadway in The Look of Love, made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and she also took part in the anniversary concert of that musical. For her work in the musical Baby, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her other Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon and Cats. Callaway's solo recordings include "The Beat Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander—Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser" and "The Story Goes On."
Merkin Concert Hall is located in Manhattan at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Tickets, priced at $25, are available by calling (212) 501-3330 or by visiting www.kaufman-center.org.