By Michael Gioia
07 Jan 2013
The evening, which is described as "a concert for anyone interested in the future of the American Musical Theatre," will highlight 19 songs by 26 of The Directory's writers, whose work will be sung by Broadway artists. The lineup of performers will be announced at a later date.
The 8 PM event, directed by Laura Josepher with musical direction by Matt Castle, will feature songs by Brad Alexander, Adam Mathias, Will Aronson, Bill Nelson, Jeff Blumenkrantz, John Bucchino, Patrick Cook, Frederick Freyer, Anna Dagmar, David Gaines, Charlie Sohne, Jenny Giering, Tom Gualtieri, David Sisco, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond, Daniel Maté, Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen, Peter Mills, Adam Overett, Rachel Peters, Nadav Wiesel, Sam Willmott, Michael Wartofsky and Barry Wyner.
A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the Dramatists Guild Fund, the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. The funds will support DGF's mission to aid and nurture writers for the theatre.
Rudetsky made his Broadway debut as Sheldon Farenthold in The Ritz. He is the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and a weekly columnist for Playbill.com. As a musician, he has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera and was the on-camera vocal coach on MTV's "Legally Blonde: Search for Elle Woods." Rudetsky was also the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Actors Fund fall concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald and Hair with Jennifer Hudson.
David Sisco is the founder and creator of The Directory of Contemporary Theatre Writers, and Lorene Phillips is the contributing editor.
The website is described as "an exhaustive resource for anyone interested in our current musical theatre's vast wealth of contemporary composers and lyricists. Vetted by respected veterans, vocal coaches, music professors and teachers, the Directory offers direct access to 150 composers and lyricists whose mostly unpublished or self-published songs are an incalculable treasure of opportunity for theatre professionals, voice teachers, students and anyone auditioning for a Broadway show who are interested in presenting themselves with a song written exactly for their needs." For more information, visit ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com.
Second Stage Theatre is located at 305 West 43 Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.