Williamson Music Publishes Grey Gardens Music; Songbook to be Released

News   Williamson Music Publishes Grey Gardens Music; Songbook to be Released Williamson Music, a division of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, has taken on music publishing representation of the score for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Grey Gardens.

The musical now at the Walter Kerr Theatre has music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. The representation, announced March 15 by Williamson Music president Maxyne Lang, is effective immediately.

"Grey Gardens has one of the most thrilling and fascinating theatre scores I've heard in quite a while," stated Lang. "It gives you faith in the future of the musical, and will thrive alongside innovative works by other Williamson Music writers we represent, including Adam Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon, Henry Krieger and John Bucchino."

Based on the legendary 1975 documentary film "Grey Gardens," the musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. Following a sold-out run at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2006, Grey Gardens opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in November 2006.

PS Classics released the world premiere recording of Grey Gardens last spring, featuring the Off-Broadway cast and based on the musical's original run at Playwrights Horizons. A Broadway cast recording, also from PS Classics, was recorded in mid-February, and will be released later this spring; it will feature the Broadway cast and preserve the changes made for the Broadway production by the authors, including several new songs.

The Grey Gardens score recently won The ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for Frankel and Korie, and was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Working with the songwriters, Williamson Music and Hal Leonard Publishing will release a Grey Gardens songbook later this year. For more on Grey Gardens, please visit www.greygardensthemusical.com.

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A music publishing company founded by and for writers, Williamson Music was established in 1944 by the legendary duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (both sons of men named William). Today, Williamson Music (ASCAP) and R&H Music (BMI) represent the catalogues of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin and T. S. Eliot, among others.

Equally committed to contemporary talent, their roster also includes John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Joe DiPietro, Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Sheldon Harnick, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, Jimmy Roberts, and David Zippel. Recent signings include Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz and Henry Krieger.

Maxyne Lang has been president of Williamson Music since it was brought into The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in 1988.

For more, visit www.williamsonmusic.com.