Songwriters Benj Pasek, Joe Kinosian, Kellen Blair and More Will Take Part in Your Holiday Assignment is…
By Michael Gioia
New York Theatre Barn has teamed up with the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop to present Your Holiday Assignment is…, an evening of "assignment songs" from BMI alumni, Dec. 16 at the D-Lounge of the Daryl Roth Theatre.
Hosted by BMI Fun Committee members Kate Anderson, Timothy Huang and Sara Wordsworth, the evening will begin at 7:30 PM as part of New York Theatre Barn's new musical development platform NYTB in the D-Lounge, produced by Laura Brandel and Jason Najjoum. Patrick Cook, director of the Musical Theatre Workshop, also produces.
Writers include Kristen Bair, Kellen Blair (Murder for Two), Patrick Cook, Chris Cooley, Anna Dagmar, Greg Edwards (Neurosis: The Musical), Beth Falcone (Wanda's World), Rick Freyer, David Gaines, Timothy Huang, Andy Karl (Rocky), Joe Kinosian (Murder for Two), Benj Pasek (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), Adam Mathias (See Rock City), Andy Monroe (The Kid), Michael Mott, Zoe Samuel, Brian Sherman, Mishaela Shields, David Spencer (Weird Romance with Alan Menken), Kevin Wanzor and Sara Wordsworth (In Transit).
Performers include Justin Beck, Jennifer Blood (Unlock'd), Brett Boles (Benjamin Button), Patrick Cook, Anna Dagmar, Janine DaVita (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Natalie Charlé Ellis (Forbidden Broadway, Les Misérables), Timothy Huang, John Kownacki, Adam Mathias, Andy Monroe, Travis Nesbitt (Altar Boyz), Ryan David O'Byrne, Aaron Phillips, Parker Pogue, David Purdy, Gayle Rankin (Tribes), Ravi Roth (Altar Boyz), Paul Sabala, Marcus Stevens (Forbidden Broadway), Cody Stine (Murder Ballad), Hansel Tan (Unlock'd) and Sara Wordsworth.
According to press notes, "Every fall, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop welcomes a dozen emerging musical theatre writers into its multi-tiered training program. During the First Year, songwriters explore the basics of writing for the musical theatre through a series of assignments, which culminates in the creation of a 10-minute musical presented at the conclusion of the year. Those assignments include writing a 'happy goodbye' and a 'sad hello,' a song in the voice of Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire, and a comedy song inspired by Angels in America. Usually put away in each writer's trunk to collect dust, for one night only, a dozen of BMI's graduates will perform these forgotten gems from their earlier years."
The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 101 East 15th Street, just east of Union Square. There is a $15 cover charge ($10 for students/BMI members). For tickets, click here.
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