THE SCREENING ROOM: Sam and Alex With a Z! Concert, With Corey Cott, Jason Gotay, George Salazar, Claybourne Elder
01 Jun 2013
Photo by Robert Mannis
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.
Sam Salmond and Alexander Sage Oyen "Sam & Alex with a 'Z'":
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.