Rapp, Broadhurst, Cariani, Karl and Zimmerman to Perform at BMI Showcase June 12

News   Rapp, Broadhurst, Cariani, Karl and Zimmerman to Perform at BMI Showcase June 12 See Rock City, Room 16 and My Blue Heaven are among the new musicals that will be presented June 12 at the biennial BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Showcase.

Eleven new musicals, representing 23 writers, will be presented in the industry-only evening that features performances by Anthony Rapp (Rent), John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Nick Spangler (The Fantasticks), Jennifer Zimmerman (Les Miserables) and Elizabeth Broadhurst (Annie).

Confirmed to attend are Richard Rodgers Award-winning composer Brad Alexander and book writer/lyricist Adam Mathias, who will present songs from their musical See Rock City & Other Destinations. Anthony Rapp and Jennifer Foote (A Chorus Line) will perform two songs from that show.

Foote will also perform a selection from Slut creators Stephen Sislen and Ben H. Winters' Room 16; Tony nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof) and Christine Bokhour (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) are set to perform songs from the musical The Suicide by Chicago cast member Raymond Bokhour and Simon Gray. Bokhour will also perform "Crowd Control" by Tony-nominated BMI member Jeff Blumenkrantz.

The evening will also feature a highlight from The Kid, (lyrics by Andy Monroe and music by Jack Lechner). Monroe serves as the composer/lyricist of the musical Drive. Performing selections from Drive will be Kristin Maloney (Back Home) and Nick Spangler (The Fantasticks).

Also a lyricist, Kristin Maloney will present her collaboration with composer Robert Maggio, "He Needs Me." The song, from an untitled musical, will be performed by Elizabeth Broadhurst (Annie), Jennifer Zimmerman (Les Miserables) and Tim Ewing (Mamma Mia). Legally Blonde cast member Andy Karl and writer Diane Dalton are at work adapting the film "My Blue Heaven" for the musical stage. Both Karl and Dalton will join Aaron Galligan-Stierle (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Legally Blonde), Matthew Rische (Legally Blonde) and Brian Michael Hoffman (Seussical) for a performance of "Oh, My Friggin' God."

Also slated for the evening are Sandie Rosa (Wanda’s World) and Bret Carr singing "It's the Drugs" from composer Dan Israel and lyricist/book writer Phoebe Kreutz's musical The Dirty Hippie Jam Band Project. Kevin B. McGlynn will sing "Some Girls" from The Thing About Joe, penned by Randy Klein and Matthew Hardy.

Chris Boal and Andrew Sherman are scheduled to present "The Way Things Are" from their work, National Geographic, The Musical, while Fred Thaler and Robert Yarnall will offer "I Do What I Do" from their musical Living Color.

The final highlight will be the duet "Women Leave" from China Doll Overdrive. Penned by Linda Dowdell and Sara Wordsworth, the song will be performed by Adam Overett and Mick Bleyer.

The industry-only presentation takes place at the Snapple Theatre Center's Jerry Orbach Theatre at 5 PM.

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Founded by Lehman Engel in 1961, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, fully funded by the BMI foundation at no cost to its participants, was created in order to nurture the craft of musical theatre by providing new writers with a testing ground for their work under the guidance of experienced professionals within the industry.

Notable alumni and members include Maury Yeston (Titanic, Grand Hotel, Nine), Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Dessa Rose), Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway) and Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party).