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."