15 Composers Pen New Songs for Bryce Pinkham, Max Chernin, Nick Gaswirth and More for Muse Match Concert

By Andrew Gans
30 May 2014

Muse Match, an evening that seeks to answer the question, "What happens when 15 composers go on a blind date with 15 singers?," will be presented June 12 at 11:30 PM at 54 Below.



Produced by Bill Coyne, the evening will benefit ZARA AINA, a charity founded by Bryce Pinkham and Lucas Caleb Rooney that brings theatre and education to at-risk youth in Madagascar.

"I have paired 15 composers with 15 singers they have never worked with," Coyne told Playbill.com. "Out of a musical theatre blind-date where the pairs discuss their strengths and weaknesses, passions, fears, the composers write a song specifically for and inspired by the singer; with the intention of reaching new artistic territory."

Composers include Anna K. Jacobs, Tom Kenaston, Nathan Dame, Joel B. New, Xander Green, Kate Steinberger, Michael R. Jackson, David Alan Thornton, Caleb Damschroder, Andre Catrini, Joel Waggoner, Lauren Marcus, Brandon James Gwinn, Mike Pettry, Nick Luckenbaugh and Tom Paitson Kelly.

Their work will be interpreted by Bryce Pinkham, Shina Ann Morris, Deborah Grausman, Tyrone B. Davis, Beth Kuhn, Lindsie Van Winkle, Liz Lark Brown, Max Chernin, Matthew Schatz, Whitney Maris Brown, Lisa Beth Birnbaum, Chris Ware, Ryan Speakman, Alyse Alan Louis and Nick Gaswirth.

There is a $20 cover charge and $20 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are available by calling (646) 476-3551.