THE SCREENING ROOM: Past Is Present Concert, With Teal Wicks, Alex Brightman, Joe Carroll and More

Teal Wicks, Alex Brightman and Joe Carroll were among the artists who took part in Past Is Present, a concert featuring the lyrics of Sarah Rebell, March 24 at the Metropolitan Room. Here are highlights from the evening. 

Teal Wicks
Teal Wicks

The 9:30 PM concert featured Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of composers Danny Abosch, Will Buck, Josh Freilich, Elizabeth Hagstedt, Teresa Lotz, Madeline Myers and Willem Oostheuysen.

Performers included Anastasia Barzee ( Urinetown, Henry IV), Brightman ( Big Fish, Wicked), Carroll ( Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet), Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's " Sound of Music Live!," Second Stage's Nobody Loves You), Kate Loprest ( Under My Skin, First Date), Samantha Massell (Encores! Little Me, La Boheme), Katie Thompson (Off-Broadway's Giant), Wicks ( Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked) and Remy Zaken ( Spring Awakening, Freckleface Strawberry).

Past Is Present, according to press notes, "transcends eras to deliver contemporary tunes with a classic flair… and classic-sounding songs with the spunk of today. Featuring unexpected characters like a lusty Mona Lisa, a neurotic skier, and a Victorian mother, Rebell's lyrics create worlds heartfelt and silly; places moving and irreverent. Fresh from NYU's prestigious graduate musical theatre writing program, Rebell is a new talent poised to take New York by a special, surprising kind of storm."

Rebell's musical Rose Petals (written with Elizabeth Hagstedt) was an official selection of NYMF 2013's developmental reading series, and Off The Wall (with music by Danny Abosch) was presented at NYU.

Jen Wineman ( F$%king Up Everything) directed  Past Is Present, with musical direction by Karen Dryer ( The 25th Annual Putnumn County Spelling Bee national tour). Videography is by  Shoshana Feinstein.


"Off the Wall," performed by Teal Wicks as The Mona Lisa (with music by Danny Abosch):

"Erasers and Toys," performed by Alex Brightman (with music by Willem Oosthuysen):

"Control," performed by Autumn Hurlbert (with music by Will Buck):

"Is This A Date?," performed by Joe Carroll and Samantha Massell (with music by Danny Abosch):

"Seeing Red," performed by Autumn Hurlbert (with music by Madeline Myers):

"Second Glance," performed by Samantha Massell (with music by Danny Abosch):