The 7:30 PM event offers theatre lovers sneak peeks at several new shows.
Callaway will interview the writers of five new shows, who will share selections from their work. Shows include Watt?!, a new musical about James Watt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under Ronald Reagan; The Dogs of Pripyat, about dogs left behind after the Chernobyl meltdown; The Great American Mousical, based on the book by Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton; a two-actor murder mystery performed by two pianists, Murder for Two; and Rocket Science, based on a film about a high school student with a stutter who joins the debate team.
Scheduled to be part of the evening are Jill Abramovitz, Aron Accurso, Sean Attebury, Hunter Bell, Kellen Blair, Heidi Blickenstaff, Stephen Bogardus, Alex Brightman, Andy Einhorn, Noah Galvin, Alexander Gemigniani, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Gwen Hollander, David Javerbaum, Joe Kinosian, Martin Landry, Janice Mays Landry, Ken Marks, Brendan Millburn, Jeremy Morse, Lea Nardi, Adam Overett, Larry Pressgrove, Jason Rhyne, Aaron Riesebeck, William Ryall, Kristin Tarczynski, Barbara Walsh, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams and Keith White.
The repertoire follows:
Murder For Two
Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair; Music by Joe Kinosian
"It Was Her": Joe Kinosian and Adam Overett
"He Needs a Partner": Joe Kinosian and Adam Overett Rocket Science
Book by Patricia Cotter; Lyrics by Jason Rhyne; Music by Stephen Wiener
Based on the film by Jeffrey Blitz; Music directed by Andy Einhorn
"According to Kline": Jeremy Morse and Aaron Riesebeck
"Only Jenny": Jeremy Morse
"Williamsburg": Stephen Bogardus and Barbara Walsh
The Great American Mousical
Book by Hunter Bell; Lyrics by Marcy Heisler; Music by Zina Goldrich
Based on the book by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton
"Oh, For a Life in the Country": Noah Galvin and Heidi Blickenstaff
"What Do You Think of That?": Noah Galvin
"The Show Goes On": Heidi Blickenstaff
The Dogs of Pripyat
Book by Jill Abramovitz and Leah Napolin; Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz; Music by Aron Accurso
Based on The Dogs of Pripyat by Leah Napolin; Music directed by Andy Einhorn
"To Be Someone's Dog": Alex Brightman, Alexander Gemigniani, Gwen Hollander, Lea Nardi, William Ryall, Kristin Tarczynski and Keith White
"Dosvedanya": Alex Brightman, Alexander Gemigniani, Gwen Hollander, Lea Nardi, William Ryall, Kristin Tarczynski and Keith White
"You'll Come Back": Alex Brightman
Book and Lyrics by David Javerbaum; Music by Brendan Millburn
"Watt?!?": Ken Marks
"That's Your Department": Jason "Sweet Tooth" Williams
"This I Pray": Liz Callaway
Sean Hartley is the artistic director of the series.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center is located at 129 W. 67th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. For tickets call (212) 501-3330 or visit kaufman-center.org/mch.