Prospect Theater Company's Notes From Now, which brings together songwriters from Broadway and beyond, officially opened March 10 at 59E59. Watch highlights from the production in the video above.
Directed and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, the limited engagement continues Off-Broadway through March 20.
Contributing newly commissioned original songs are Jay Adana, Troy Anthony, Masi Asare, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Georgie Castilla and Jaime Lozano, Gretchen Cryer, Tia DeShazor and Derrick Byars, Alexandra Elle and Stephen Schwartz, Adam Gwon, Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar, Peter Mills, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan Scott Oliver, Angela Sclafani, Paulo K Tiról, and Amanda Yesnowitz and Deborah Abramson.
Interpreting these songs are Ashley Blanchet (Waitress), Thani Brant, Darron Hayes, Josh Lamon (The Prom), Aline Mayagoitia (Love Life), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Judy McLane (Romeo & Bernadette, Mamma Mia!), and John Yi (Soft Power), with understudy Genesis Adelia Collado.
Sean Peter Forte serves as music director for the production, which offers a musical reflection of our contemporary world. Macy Schmidt is the supervising orchestrator.
“In these continued challenging times for the theatre community, Prospect is excited and grateful to return to 59E59 Theaters with a new, collectively-written show,” said Notes From Now curator and creative producer Cara Reichel in an earlier statement. “Connecting so many powerful, artistic voices with audiences—and engaging around the times we are living through—feels especially meaningful.”
The producton also has scenic design by Riw Rakkulchon, costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Shannon Clarke, sound design by Ben Scheff, and casting by Michael Cassara. The production stage manager is Elizabeth Emanuel.