THE SCREENING ROOM: Once Upon a Time Concert, With Krysta Rodriguez, Andrea Burns, Jessica Phillips and More (Video)

By Playbill Staff
February 8, 2013

Once Upon a Time in New York City 2, featuring new material from established and emerging songwriters, was held Feb. 3 at Joe's Pub. Here are highlights from the concert. 



The Red Cross benefit concert debuted over 15 world-premiere songs from musical theatre writers — ages 19-90 — about someone who changed his or her idea of New York City.

Performers included David Austin, Jenni Barber (The Performers), Jeff Blumenkrantz, Andrea Burns (In the Heights), Corey Cott (Newsies), Dan Erben, Michael Gioia, Maribeth Graham, Benjamin Howes (Scandalous), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Megan Kane, Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Alexander Sage Oyen, Jessica Phillips (Leap of Faith, Next to Normal), Will Roland, Charlie Rosen, Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Krysta Rodriguez ("Smash"), Dana P. Rowe (The Fix), George Salazar (Godspell), Reynaldo Soriano, Jessica Vosk, Elanna White and Yaniv Zarif.

Contributing writers included David Are, David Austin, David Are, Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater, Anna Ty Bergman and Alexander Sage Oyen, Nick Blaemire, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Joe Church, Michael Finke, Francesca Garrard, Amanda Green, Maribeth Graham and Dana Rowe, Doug Katsaros and Amanda Yesnowitz, Mike Pettry, Sam Salmond and Georgia Stitt.

The concert was created by Caleb Hoyer and Jennifer Ashley Tepper, creators of the If It Only Even Runs A Minute series; videography is by Shoshana Feinstein. 

"When I Was Young" by Francesca Garrard, performed by Jenni Barber:

"The Subway" by Nick Blaemire, performed by Eric William Morris:

"Get What You Want" by Michael Finke, performed by Megan Kane, Eric Michael Krop and Jessica Vosk:

"Hector's Song (Somebody Cared)" by Dana P. Rowe and Maribeth Graham, performed by Graham:

"The Thing About Dylan" by Amanda Yesnowitz and Doug Katsaros, performed by Jessica Phillips:

"Chance" by David Austin, performed by Austin:

"Walking Shoes" by Joseph Church, performed by Benjamin Howes:

"All Over 28th Street" by David Are, performed by Elanna White:

"My First Year In New York" by Mike Pettry, performed by Nadia Quinn:

"Palimpsest" by Georgia Stitt, performed by Andrea Burns:

"Walk Wrong" by Sam Salmond, performed by George Salazar with Michael Gioia, Will Roland and Yaniv Zarif:

"A New York City Prayer" by Amanda Green, performed by Krysta Rodriguez:

"Aunt Betty" by Jeff Blumenkrantz, performed by Blumenkrantz:

"Favorite All Time Writer" by Alexander Sage Oyen, performed by Oyen and the cast: