Windy City's ASCAP/Disney Workshop Gives Voice to Breathe, Becoming George and River's End

News   Windy City's ASCAP/Disney Workshop Gives Voice to Breathe, Becoming George and River's End The ASCAP Foundation has announced the three new musical works singled out for April presentations at the first-ever Chicago-based ASCAP Foundation/Disney Music Theatre Workshop. The winning proposals were selected from more than 150 applicants.

The selected writers and their musical works are:

  • Breathe (April 22 and 24) by Michael Biello and Dan Martin (book, music, lyrics) from Philadelphia, PA. "A collection of seven short musicals celebrating gay and lesbian life."
  • Becoming George (April 21 and 23) by Linda Eisenstein (music) from Cleveland, OH; and Doug Frew (book, lyrics) and Patti McKenny (book, lyrics) from Chicago, IL. "In the summer of 1870, three artists — George Sand, Alexandre Dumas the Younger, and Sarah Bernhardt — consider the relevance of a piece of theatre."
  • River's End (April 21 and 24) by Cheri Coons (book, lyrics) and Chuck Larkin (music) from Chicago, IL "Based on the true story of newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde, who vanished on their honeymoon in the Grand Canyon in 1928."

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    The four-day workshop, held in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will take place on April 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 7 PM-9:30 PM, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. The workshop is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of performing-rights organization affiliation. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

    The workshop will be directed by Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, "Pocahontas," "The Prince of Egypt"), and theatre composer-lyricist Craig Carnelia (The Sweet Smell of Success, Is There Life After Highshool? and Working).

    "The selected musical theatre writers will have the opportunity to make short presentations from their original works-in-progress for professional critique by some of the most prominent theatre producers, directors and composers," according to the announcement. "The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Chicago is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals. Since 1975 The ASCAP Foundation has been dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging the development of American music through educational and talent development programs."

    This new program "was funded in part through the generosity of Peter Schneider, former chairman of the Walt Disney Studios and the producer of the Broadway musical, The Lion King."