Songwriter-singer Carnelia (who also happens to be a New Jerseyite) penned music and lyrics for the musicals Is There Life After High School? and the developing musical, Cowboy Waltz, previously known as Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief. His Pictures in the Hall cabaret was recorded (with Carnelia and Maureen Silliman singing). He wrote lyrics for the short lived Broadway musical, Sweet Smell of Success, with music by Marvin Hamlisch (the Tony Award nominated duo also penned specialty numbers for the play, Imaginary Friends). The 7:30 PM Jan. 10 concert includes singer Lisa Asher, recently of Denver Center Theatre Company's Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver and Off Broadway's Woody Guthrie's American Song.
Carnelia's current developing projects include arrangement contributions to a stage version of Studs Terkel's The Good War (for Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL) and (with Hamlisch) a stage version of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. Carnelia's contributions to the musical, Working, got him noticed in the 1970s (he and other writers were Tony nommed for Best Score in 1977-78).
Carnelia will appear in The Chase Room at NJPAC in Newark. Tickets are $46. For information, visit www.njpac.org or call (888) 466-5722.