Hosted and produced by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the work of Richard Pearson Thomas and Joe Calarco, who will present scenes and songs from their new musical Golden Gate, the winner of the Michael Stewart Foundation Award for Excellence in Writing. Show time is 6 PM.
Composer-lyricist Richard Pearson Thomas has had works performed by the Boston Pops, Covent Garden Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, BanffCentre, Portland Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. His songs have been sung in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge and before the U.S. Congress by artists such as Audra McDonald, Sanford Sylvan, Lauren Flanagan and Kurt Ollmann.
Librettist-director Joe Calarco's published works include Walter Cronkite is Dead, In the Absence of Spring and Shakespeare’s R&J. He is co-artistic director of Breaking Bread Theatre. He served as resident playwright at Expanded Arts, Inc. for two years. He has been a Joseph Papp artist in residence at Second Stage, is one of New York Theatre Workshop’s "usual suspects," and is a Drama League directing fellow. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, the Jeff Award, the Evening Standard Award and has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two Barrymore Awards and four Helen Hayes Awards.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Bruno Walter Auditorium is located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.