THE SCREENING ROOM: Drew Gasparini's I Could Use a Drink Concert, With Jason Gotay, Julia Mattison, Alex Brightman and More
By Michael Gioia
Jason Gotay, Julia Mattison and Alex Brightman were among the performers who took part in composer Drew Gasparini's I Could Use a Drink concert July 29 at Joe's Pub. Here are highlights from the evening.
Directed by Max Friedman, the concert featured Gotay (Bring It On), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal), Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Mattison (Godspell), Andrew Kober (Hair), Brightman (Big Fish), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening), Kacie Sheik (Hair), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), composer-lyricist Alexander Sage Oyen, Ariella Serur, Keith White, Kasie Gasparini and Chloe Gasparini.
The 9:30 PM concert promised "album hits, as well as tunes still hot off the presses" and music from Gasparini's musicals Circles, Make Me Bad (with Alex Brightman) and Crazy, Just Like Me. Videography is by Shoshana Feinstein.
Gasparini is also the author of #UntitledPopMusical, a project he is creating with Michael Kimmel. For more on Gasparini and his work, read Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.
Kasie Gasparini, Ariella Serur, Emily Kay Shrader and Keith White - "The Wreck":
Andrew Kober and Lauren Pritchard - "I Just Can't Stop":
Blake Daniel, Preston Sadleir and Keith White - "Valley High":
Kasie Gasparini - "Kindergarten Love Song":
Alexander Sage Oyen - "The Last Loser in the Universe":
Julia Mattison - "Somewhere That's Nowhere" with Carianne Older, Ariella Serur and Emily Kay Shr:
Drew Weston - "Disaster":
Garth Kravits - "I Loved You Too Much":
Eric Michael Krop and Kacie Sheik - "Michigan":
Teagan Wouters - "Two Little Lines":
Jason Gotay - "No Turning Back Now":
Chloe Gasparini - "Human Condition":
Alex Brightman, F. Michael Haynie and Andrew Kober - "Wide Awake":
Drew Gasparini - "Whachoo Gotta Doo":
Drew Gasparini - "Drew Makes A Song Up":
Drew Gasparini - "I Could Use A Drink (Redux)":
Drew Gasparini - "Stuck In LA":
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