Make some noise! Rona Siddiqui is up next for Playbill Songwriter Series, which launched in July with a soulful performance by Troy Anthony, featured Jaime Jarrett's transgender superhero musical Wonder Boy in August, Cheeyang Ng's Eastbound and MĀYĀ in September, Truth Future Bachman's Shapeshifters and Luna and the Starbodies in October, and Jay Adana's The Loophole and The Jordan & Avery Show in November. The series is dedicated to spotlighting emerging composers and features a new video every month.
Siddiqui, 2020 recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant and music director of Broadway's Best Musical Tony-winning A Strange Loop, visited Playbill to perform songs from two of her musicals, Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan and Measure for Measure, as well as a stand-alone song. Salaam Medina is a semi-autobiographical comedy exploring Siddiqui's identity as a bi-ethnic woman, and Measure for Measure is a feminist adaptation of the original Shakespeare play.
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Featured songs include "Bill Cosby's Out of Jail", "What We Wore" from Measure for Measure, "When a Pigeon Flies" from Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, and "Change the World".
Siddiqui is joined by Merrily We Roll Along's Sherz Aletaha, A Strange Loop's Beth Callen, and The Band's Visit's Jonathan Raviv. Siddiqui is playing the Playbill piano, provided by the nonprofit Sing for Hope.
To learn more about Siddiqui and her work, visit RonaSiddiqui.com.
Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, schools, care facilities, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal. Learn more at SingForHope.org.