PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Twenty-Somethings' Robin De Jesus, Emma Hunton, Lauren Pritchard, Richard H. Blake Pick Songs Defining Their 20s

By Michael Gioia
07 Aug 2013

Emma Hunton
Emma Hunton

Twenty-Somethings, a concert featuring the work of musical theatre composers Blake Pfeil, Zoe Sarnak and Drew Overcash, will be held Aug. 12 at The Highline Ballroom. In anticipation of the evening, singers Robin De Jesus, Emma Hunton, Lauren Pritchard and Richard H. Blake pick songs that define their 20s as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.

The 8 PM concert will feature Tony nominee de Jesus (In the Heights), Hunton (Spring Awakening), Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Blake (Legally Blonde), Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith), Corey Mach (Godspell), Coleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal tour), Nick Cartell (Scandalous), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Taylor Noble, Kacie Sheik (Hair), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On), Laura Dreyfuss (Once), recording artist Grace Weber and NYC a cappella group BLACKOUT.

Backing the singers will be Bobbie L. Crow III on cello, Rick Ippolito on bass, Simon Kafka on guitar and Cody Rahn on percussion.

In anticipation of the evenings celebrating "twenty-somethings," Playbill.com asked de Jesus, Hunton, Pritchard and Blake to pick songs representing their 20s and tell us why they made their list.



Pfeil's music has been featured at Joe's Pub, New World Stages, 54 Below and (le) Poisson Rouge as well as NYC's The Bitter End, where he is a member of the Singer/Songwriter Sessions. His debut EP "Crossing Connecticut" will be released in September.

Sarnak wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Quad, developed and performed at Harvard's Loeb Experimental Theatre. She also has four full-length musicals in development, including Mixtape, featured in Silent Street Productions' 2012 season, PainLess (with book by Michael Kimmel) and A Lasting Impression, winner of Pace New Musicals 2012 and performed Off-Broadway at the 4th Street Theatre at NYTW in August 2012, winner of 2013 NJ Playwright's contest and recently produced by Cutting Edge Composers at Joe's Pub.

Overcash's music has been performed at venues such as Joe's Pub, Birdland, 54 Below, D-Lounge, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and (le) Poisson Rouge. Overcash's musical Boys Vs. Girls was recently optioned, and his other projects — Joe, To You With Love and Rhapsody — are under development. He is the creator of the Exposed series at Time Out Lounge.

The Highline Ballroom is located at 431 W. 16th Street. For more information and tickets, visit HighlineBallroom.com.

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