With a Little Help From Her Friends, Jenny Giering Celebrates CD Release at Joe's Pub Gig Aug. 28

News   With a Little Help From Her Friends, Jenny Giering Celebrates CD Release at Joe's Pub Gig Aug. 28 The songs of Jenny Giering, the artist who leads a double life as a theatre composer and singer/songwriter, will echo in a concert at Joe's Pub Aug. 28, on the occasion of her first solo CD release.
Jenny Giering
Jenny Giering

The independent CD, "Look for Me," is produced by Brendan Milburn of the pop trio GrooveLily, who is heard on the disc. Giering, whose stage musicals include The Mistress Cycle and Caraboo, Princess of Javasu, will sing with GrooveLily and other special guests in the nightspot at The Public Theater.

"The songs on this album are non-theatrical, pop songs," Giering told Playbill.com. "I wrote all the lyrics except for one song — my husband wrote that one..."

"Look for Me" will be available after Aug. 28 at www.jennygiering.com.

The performance is 7 PM Aug. 28 at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. There is a $20 cover, $12 food minimum. For tickets and reservations call (212) 539-8778 (reserve via phone to avoid the service charge). Visit www.joespub.com.

Giering received the 2002-2003 Clifton Artist in Residence at Harvard University, the 2002-2003 Dramatists Guild Jonathan Larson Fellowship, 2001 Constance Klinsky Prize for Excellence in the Composition of Musical Theater from Second Stage Company, a Meet the Composer grant, the 2000 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and was the composer in residence at Sundance's 2006 Ucross Residency. She also received the National Art Song Award and the 2005 National Music Theatre Network Director's Choice Award for her musical The Mistress Cycle, written with bookwriter-lyricist Beth Blatt. The Mistress Cycle has also received workshops and readings at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Theatreworks/Palo Alto's New Works Festival, Barrington Stage Company, a New York presentation in November 2004 and a sold-out run at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, both produced by the AWOL Theatre Project, Inc. Giering wrote the score for Theaterworks/USA's Island of the Blue Dolphins (book and lyrics by Beth Blatt) which toured for two sold-out seasons and for Arthur's War, which is still in development at Theatreworks. She also wrote the score for The Hotel Carter (book and lyrics by Stephanie Fleischmann), which received a 2000 Frederick Loewe Award, and a 1999 Cameron Mackintosh Development Award from New Dramatists. Currently, she is working on Caraboo, a new musical with lyrics by Beth Blatt and book by Marsha Norman. Caraboo was developed at the National Musical Theatre Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and at Theatreworks Palo Alto's Writers' Retreat and New Works Festival. It was subsequently presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 2005 Festival of New Musicals, and received a developmental production at the Goodspeed Opera House in May 2006, directed by Gary Griffin.

Recent projects include Songs for An Unmade Bed (lyrics by Mark Campbell) at New York Theatre Workshop, Begin Again (libretto by Laura Harrington, commissioned by the Boston Music Theatre Project) and new commission for the Transport Group to premiere in 2007.

Giering is heard on many albums, including PS Classics' release "Windflowers: The Songs of Jerome Moross"; and her song "I Follow" is on Audra McDonald's debut release "Way Back To Paradise" on Elektra/Nonesuch Records.

Upcoming projects include Saint Ex with writer Sean Barry, and The Scarlet Letter with Marsha Norman.