Benjamin Scheuer to Reprise The Lion at London's St. James Studio Following New York Run
26 Jun 2014
Benjamin Scheuer is to reprise his performance in his own solo musical The Lion, currently running at The Studio at Mahattan Theatre Club's Stage II through July 14, in London following its New York run. He will begin performances there Aug. 19 prior to an official opening Aug. 21, for a run through Sept. 7.
He previously performed it at the same address last October, under the show's original title The Bridge, following a premiere season at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The show, directed by Sean Daniels, is described in press materials as featuring "one man, six guitars and an incredible story of love, loss and survival."
Scheuer is a composer, lyricist, record producer and performing musician who trained at Harvard University. He writes for and leads the band Escapist Papers, in which he sings and plays guitar. His writing credits include Jihad! The Musical (Edinburgh Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), The Nightingale and the Rose (Metropolis Opera Project, New York) and What Would Nora Say (Roundabout Theatre Company).
He also owns and runs Escapist Recording Studios in New York, where he produces his and other people's records. He was a 2010 fellow at the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Currently he is the Writer-in-Residence at the Goodspeed Theatre and Weston Playhouse. He won the 2014 ASCAP Cole Porter Award and the Musical Theatre Network Best Lyrics Award.
The Lion was originally developed from an album of songs that Scheuer wrote and premiered at Lincoln Center in 2012. The title track was made into a video by animator/ director Peter Baynton and premiered at the Annecy Animated Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film. It also won the Public Choice Award for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards.
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.