Encores! to Launch Menken Mixtape Contest

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New York City Center’s Lobby Project will offer artists the chance to present their Alan Menken remixes to the composer himself.
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New York City Center has announced the line-up for The Lobby Project, a series of free pre-show events presented in conjunction with the Encores! Off-Center season. Included in the roster of events is the Menken Mixtape contest, in which winners will have the chance to perform their Alan Menken remixes for the composer himself.

Menken Mixtape will take place July 27 at 6:30 PM in honor of the revival of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Producers, musicians, spoken-word artists and music makers of all styles are encouraged to remix a song from Menken’s songbook and make it their own. Winners will present their pieces before opening night for the composer himself and receive a prize of $200. The deadline for submissions is July 6. Click here for details.

The Lobby Project will kick off July 6 one hour before the first performance of Liz Swados’ Runaways. The first event is titled Liz Swados: Rarely Heard, Radically Loved – an evening of Swados works curated by her longtime collaborator and music director, Kris Kukul. The songs will be performed by former Swados student Shaina Taub, among others.

All Lobby Project events take place in City Center’s Grand Tier lobby; other performers and panelists featured in the line-up of events include Shakina Nayfack, Lisa Kron, Roz Lichter and Jeanine Tesori.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the set of Runaways, below:

Tickets to the Encores! Off-Center productions, Runaways (July 6—9), Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (July 27—30) and the Off-Center Jamboree (July 16), can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office, located at West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York.

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