THE SCREENING ROOM: Sam and Alex With a Z! Concert, With Corey Cott, Jason Gotay, George Salazar, Claybourne Elder

By Michael Gioia
June 1, 2013

Sam and Alex With a Z!, a collection of songs from rising musical theatre songwriters Alexander Sage Oyen and Sam Salmond, was offered May 13 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. Here are highlights from the evening. 



The concert, which featured both new and old material from the songwriters, included performances from Corey Cott (Newsies), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie & Clyde), Emily Walton (Peter and the Starcatcher), George Salazar (Godspell), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Haley Bond (Baby Case at NYMF), Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening), Jeremy Morse, Will Roland, Hana Slevin and musical director Benjamin Rauhala, among others. 

The band included Rauhala with John Convertino (bass), David Cinquegrana (guitar) and Charlie Rosen (drums). 

Oyen's Sidekicks was seen as part of the NYMF 2012 Reading Series, and his A Night Like This was produced at Florida State University and Princeton University. He can be heard on Scott Alan's "Live" album and was seen on VH1's "In Search of the Partridge Family." His albums include "Drafts" and "If I Knew Better."

Salmond wrote book and lyrics for Mormons, Mothers and Monsters, with music by Will Aronson, which was produced at Barrington Stage in 2011. He also penned the book and lyrics to Missing Parents, with music by Yoonmi Lee, which had a limited run at NYU in August 2012. He has participated in writer's residencies at Goodspeed, CAP21 and the Berkshire Playwright's Lab.

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Sam Salmond and Alexander Sage Oyen "Sam & Alex with a 'Z'":

Emily Walton with Will Roland and Hana Slevin - "Cigarette" (written by Salmond):

Jason Gotay - "Painting Now" (written by Oyen):

Molly Hager - "I Could Never Save You" (written by Oyen):

Sam Salmond - "Figure It Out" (written by Salmond):

Emily Walton, Will Roland, George Salazar, Molly Hager - "Stand Alone" (written by Salmond):

George Salazar - "While You're There" (written by Oyen):

Molly Hager with Will Roland and Hana Slevin - "Nothing" (written by Salmond):

Corey Cott - "Letting Go" (written by Oyen):

Emily Walton - "Frankie" (written by Oyen):

Gideon Glick - "Mary's Mother" (written by Salmond):

Jeremy Morse - "In the Temple" (written by Salmond and Will Aronson):

Haley Bond - "I Wanna Fall in Love" (written by Oyen):

Claybourne Elder with Will Roland and Hana Slevin- "The Dancer Boy" (written by Salmond):

Alexander Sage Oyen - "Where Do the Lonely Souls Go?" (written by Oyen):

Sam Salmond and Alexander Sage Oyen - "In New York" (written by Salmond):