THE SCREENING ROOM: Songs by The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know (Part One)

By Playbill Staff
06 Jan 2014

Scott Alan
Scott Alan

The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know: LIVE!, a concert featuring rising musical theatre songwriters that is based on the feature of the same name, will be held Jan. 27 at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, looks at music by the rising songwriters.

Hosted by Playbill staff writer Michael Gioia, author of the ongoing column that premiered on in October 2012, concerts — in which each songwriter or composing team will debut a world-premiere song — will be offered at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

For more information on the concerts, click here.

Here is a look at some of our favorite songs by the writers featured in Part One of the column — Scott Alan, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, Will Van Dyke, Ryan Scott Oliver, Drew Gasparini and Jonathan Reid Gealt.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit


Ryan Scott Oliver's "Cut You a Piece," performed by Alex Brightman: