By Michael Gioia
27 Mar 2013
Created by rising theatrical songwriter Joey Contreras — whose rock musical All the Kids are Doing It (written with Kate Thomas), about a girl's tumultuous college experience, receives a workshop staging at NYU March 28-31 — the series strives to present new material in a sleek, intimate format, à la MTV-style music videos.
"We are capturing stories with these songs," Contreras told Playbill.com. "I want the heart, the soul, the vulnerability, the nuances of these emotions expressed through each video, and I think we'll be able to catch that magic — especially with the talent we'll be working with!"
"Great, Cool," a stand-alone song written by Contreras — and the first in the series — is about two young males (Fankhauser and Daniel) who are struggling with the "path taken," and if the career choices they made were best for their relationship.
Contreras' original compositions and arrangements have been featured in NYC venues including Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, the Laurie Beechman Theater, The Duplex and multiple Broadway in South Africa galas at the Manhattan Center. Contreras, the recipient of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship Award, also wrote the music and lyrics for the musical This Thing Called Love as well as his debut album "Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras."
Watch "Great, Cool":