The trio — Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin and Brendan Milburn — will play New York City for the first time since the late 2006 Off-Broadway run of Striking 12, which they performed at the Daryl Roth Theatre following regional productions and the release of a live recording on the PS Classics label.
The 7 PM Oct. 14 concert will begin with some of the band's fan-favorites (including a few selections from Striking 12), plus a special East Coast preview of their latest work for the stage, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, which was nominated for ten Ovation Awards for its Los Angeles premiere earlier this year at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
The songs for Striking 12 and Sleeping Beauty Wakes are by GrooveLily's Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn. Rachel Sheinkin (a Tony Award winner for …Spelling Bee) penned the show's librettos.
The second GrooveLily set Oct. 14 will be devoted entirely to songs from the trio's newest album, "A Little Midsummer Night's Music," their second CD on the PS Classics label.
Released in February, the "Midsummer" CD features the score written for the innovative production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tina Landau and co-produced by McCarter Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse. With backgrounds in classical music, musical theatre, jazz and rock, the three members of GrooveLily — Lewin (drums/vocals), Milburn (keyboards/vocals) and Vigoda (electric violin/vocals) — cross stylistic boundaries with original pop songs. Fans say it's not easy to pigeonhole their work.
Tickets for GrooveLily at the Zipper are $20 and are available now by calling (212) 352-3101, or online at www.thezipperfactory.com.
The Zipper is located at 336 West 37th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
For more information, also visit www.groovelily.com or www.psclassics.com.
A licensable version of Milburn, Vigoda and Rachel Sheinkin's three-actor musical Striking 12 is now available from Theatrical Rights Worldwide. The revised version opens the property up to include more than three cast members — that is, more than just the trio of actor-bandmates that launched the musical.
Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia will stage the new version later this year. Visit theatricalrights.com for more information about Striking 12.