By Michael Gioia
08 Apr 2014
The 9:30 PM concert featured Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of composers Danny Abosch, Will Buck, Josh Freilich, Elizabeth Hagstedt, Teresa Lotz, Madeline Myers and Willem Oostheuysen.
Performers included Anastasia Barzee (Urinetown, Henry IV), Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Carroll (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet), Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's "Sound of Music Live!," Second Stage's Nobody Loves You), Kate Loprest (Under My Skin, First Date), Samantha Massell (Encores! Little Me, La Boheme), Katie Thompson (Off-Broadway's Giant), Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked) and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening, Freckleface Strawberry).
Past Is Present, according to press notes, "transcends eras to deliver contemporary tunes with a classic flair… and classic-sounding songs with the spunk of today. Featuring unexpected characters like a lusty Mona Lisa, a neurotic skier, and a Victorian mother, Rebell's lyrics create worlds heartfelt and silly; places moving and irreverent. Fresh from NYU's prestigious graduate musical theatre writing program, Rebell is a new talent poised to take New York by a special, surprising kind of storm."
Jen Wineman (F$%king Up Everything) directed Past Is Present, with musical direction by Karen Dryer (The 25th Annual Putnumn County Spelling Bee national tour). Videography is by Shoshana Feinstein.
"Off the Wall," performed by Teal Wicks as The Mona Lisa (with music by Danny Abosch):