Liz Callaway hosted the annual Bound for Broadway, featuring four new musicals headed to New York theatres, October 2.
This year featured selections from Between the Lines, The Washington Square Park Project, Bhangin’ It, and Still Getting My Act Together. Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of Between the Lines, was in attendance for the new musical based on her book.
Flip through photos of the event below:
Details of the new musicals follow:
Between the Lines (Based on the book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer; book by Timothy Allen McDonald; music and lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson)
"Between the Lines is about what happens when happily ever after…isn’t. Delilah, a loner hates school as much as she loves books—one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she’d be sent to social Siberia . . . forever. To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?"
The Washington Square Park Project (Book, music, and lyrics by Ben Wexler)
Based on interview testimony and photography by Lee Wexler, Washington Square Park, 1986.
"The city is gentrifying, but the park is still full of a diverse assortment of character who are rapidly getting closed in on by soaring real estate prices, police sweeps and the changing makeup of the neighborhood around them. Lee Wexler, a newcomer to the city, chose to document the regulars of Washington Square through photos and interviews, and this musical by Lee’s son Ben translates those interviews and characters into a fascinating song cycle/theater piece."
Bhangin’ It (Book by Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew; music and lyrics by Sam Willmott)
"Inspired by the high-stakes world of intercollegiate bhangra (Indian folk dance) competitions, Bhangin’ It follows a biracial girl named Mary who gets kicked off her bhangra team for not being ’Indian enough.’ Mary and her best friend Sunita form a rag-tag multicultural bhangra team of their own. As the team prepares for the Nationals, they brace for a collision course with Mary’s former team. Along the way, Bhangin’ It wrestles with love, betrayal and the cultural traditions we inherit versus those we create."
Still Getting My Act Together (Book and Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer; music by Nancy Ford)
"This sequel to Cryer and Ford’s 1978 hit musical I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road visits the same characters 30 years later. Heather Jones and her Liberated Men’s Band have gone their separate ways over the last three decades, but Heather decides to get the old band together again. She figures it’s never too late to start over to live your dream. In spite of the fact that they are all nearing retirement age, the band enthusiastically agrees. They will get this new act together and take it on the road!"