O'Neill Music Theater Conference Will Nurture New Musicals Goddess, Broadcast and Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes
By Adam Hetrick
The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, a new musical by the songwriting team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, has been selected for development at the Eugene O'Neil Theater Center's 2013 Music Theater Conference.
Presented June 18-July 12 in Waterford, CT, the conference is led by artistic director Paulette Haupt. The musicals are developed with professional actors, directors and music directors. It culminates in public performances of each work.
The Kooman and Dimond piece centers around a man whose life turns into a musical. Additional works include Nathan Christensen and Scott Murphy's Broadcast, about people seeking connection in the technological age; and Mkhululi Mabija and Michael Thurber's African-set musical Goddess, about a mysterious jazz singer.
Koomand and Dimond were also featured in Playbill.com's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know" series. Check it out here.
Here's a look at the selected projects:
The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes
Goddess Book, lyrics, and music by Mkhululi Mabija and Michael Thurber
Single tickets to the Music Theatre Conference performances go on sale to the general public June 5. Member tickets begin sale May 13. Phone (860) 443-1238 or visit www.theoneill.org.
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center was founded in 1964 and is based in Waterford, CT. Programs at the Center include the Puppetry Conference, Playwrights Conference, Critics Institute, Music Theater Conference and the National Theater Institute. The Monte Cristo Cottage, O'Neill's childhood home, is also owned and operated by the group.
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