Tony Award nominees Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q) and Sarah Stiles (Hand to God) will be joined by fellow Broadway stars including Chip Zien (Into the Woods) and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) for The Songs of Kinosian & Blair, a showcase for the up-and-coming songwriting team, presented 9:30 PM August 31 as part of the New Writers at 54! series at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York.
Composer Joe Kinosian and lyricist Kellen Blair met at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, and their projects have included Murder for Two, which ran Off-Broadway in 2013.
Kinosian told Playbill, “The concert is roughly half brand-new material and half stuff from our existing catalog. Chip, Hunter, and Morgan Weed are doing brand-new songs written with them in mind. Chip's song is about how important it is to be as brave and forward-thinking as any number of American heroes...though not TOO much like them, because we've all seen how easy it is to be let down by a heroic public figure.”
D'Abruzzo recently performed a trio of songs the team wrote, imagining Mae West as various historical figures. “We've asked her to reprise that performance because it was such a hit at our last concert.”
Of their previously existing material, Kinosian said Sarah Stiles will be performing "You Have to Move On," wherein “a woman gives advice on getting over a break-up, though through the course of the song it's revealed that she's not over her own.” Take a look at the song below, as performed by Jill Abramovitz.
Kinosian said the concert will also include material from Murder For Two (“albeit with a slight twist”), and selections from their two new shows in development at Second Stage Theatre: an original musical farce called Diane Steals the Show, and a musical they are writing with Jonathan Tolins (Twlight of the Golds), which Kinosian said “is the show that introduced us to working with Chip, Hunter, and Sarah a few weeks ago. They're incredible talents and we're honored that they said yes to this fun, silly evening.
Among their other performing guests: Natalie Charle Ellis (School of Rock), Ta’Rea Campbell (The Book of Mormon), Morgan Weed (American Psycho), Noel Carey (Murder For Two), and Sarah Ziegler (Sweeney Todd).
Kinosian and Blair also plan to take the stage themselves to perform their song “Strolling Through Central Park,” which Kinosian said, “seems like the account of a beautiful day in the park... and then takes a series of increasingly strange left turns.”
Tickets, which cost $30–$60, plus a $25 food/beverage minimum, can be ordered here. The club is located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan, below Studio 54.