"Across a Crowded Room," Musical Theatre Meetup, Held at Lincoln Center Oct. 5
05 Oct 2013
The New York Public Library for Performing Arts hosts "Across a Crowded Room," the first meetup for participants in the ongoing musical theatre writing game, Oct. 5 at 6 PM at the Library for the Performing Arts Cafe.
Participants were asked to write a musical set during the 2013 mayoral race. They have been placed into nine groups, each with a composer, a lyricist, a book writer and a singer, and given 10 days to plot a synopsis with song titles and at least one complete song (with music and lyrics) in response to the prompt.
Throughout the summer, Lincoln Center has posted prompts from musical theatre professionals, and participants were invited to respond with music or lyrics, or to write music for lyrics or lyrics for music that had already been posted. Performers were invited to perform songs they found in the comments on YouTube.
The first celebrity challenge was submitted May 29 by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years). A new prompt was posted every two weeks.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.