Gordon Leary

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London calling!

If there’s anything I’ve learned as a writer it’s that musical theatre can and will take you anywhere.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to spend a few days in London with a new (and still kinda top secret) project. I was hired as a bookwriter in early March and wrote two drafts over the course of a month and got to hear the most recent draft (and even make some major changes to it) over a two day reading process. It was bonkers and wonderful and overwhelming and I spent the whole trip pinching myself.

I feel so lucky to have gotten to spend time in a room with director Tim Welton and actors Chris Coxon, Samantha Dorrance (Disney Channel UK’s My High School Musical), Fra Fee (The Ferryman, West End & Broadway original casts; Courfeyrac in the Les Miserables film), Tori Hargreaves, Melody E. Jones, Claire Marlowe (UK tour of Titanic), Katie Pritchard, Anna Stolli (UK premiere of Little Women), and Simon Willmont (Blood Brothers in the West End).

I’m hoping that sometime soon I’ll get to share more about this project, but in the meantime I’m so grateful to have had this experience (and I’ve got to get back to writing a third draft before the month is out!)

Something Blue @ Page 73

Thanks to those who came down to La Mama to see our reading of Something Blue on March 20! It was magical getting to see what our amazing team – director Colette Robert, music director Mila Henry, and actors Ally Bonino, Sam Heldt & Casey Robinson – put together in 13 hours. We’re so grateful to Michael Walkup and Ashley Chang from Page 73 for giving us the chance to hear the show (and the space to write over the last year.) We can’t wait to see what’s next!

The Pact is back in Canada!

The wonderful folks at The Edge Productions in Windsor, Ontario are teaming up with Gangway! Theatre Company in Toronto for a multi-city remount of 2017’s production of Pregnancy Pact!

The show will run in Windsor at Sho Studio from April 24-27 before moving to Bravo Academy in Toronto from May 2-11. Tickets for both cities are available now!

The production will once again be directed by The Edge’s Artistic Director Miriam Goldstein, with music direction by Sam Poole, and design by Nathaniel Cedroni and Morgan Corbett-Collins. They were a dream time the first time around, and I’m so thrilled that they’re all back with the show.

Samantha Bourque, Miranda DiPietro, and Sean Sennett return to their roles from the 2017 run (as Maddie, Brynn, and Cory/Justin, respectively.) They will be joined by Caroline Burton, Melissa MacKenzie, Anna Mazurik, and Katie Miller for the restaging.

I can’t wait to see this wonderful production again – my passport renewal is in the mail!

REB+VoDKa+ME at the Morgan Library

We were lucky enough to present selections from REB+VoDKa+ME at the Morgan Library today in American Lyric Theater‘s ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert. Alongside selections from new works by Christopher Cerrone & Stephanie Fleischmann, Theo Popov & E.M. Lewis, and Kamala Sankaram & Jerre Dye.

Thanks to ALT Producing Artistic Director Lawrence Edelson for including our work in the concert. And thanks to music director Gloria Kim, violinist Clara Kim, cellist Joann Whang, and the fabulous singers Glenn Seven Allen, Quinn Bernegger, Ta’Nika Gibson, Edith Grossman, Heather Jones, and Sophia Perez (pictured above) for allowing us to hear these songs in such a wonderfully new way!