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54 Singers at 54 Below!

Just kidding, it’s only 18 (and a 6-piece band.) But that’s a whole lot of our favorite singers joining us for our Feinstein’s/54 Below concert on Sunday, July 30 at 7pm!

Delaney Amatrudo, Ally Bonino, Sojourner Brown, Max Chernin, Molly Hager, Sam Heldt, Emily Jenda, Marina Kondo, Kelsey Lake, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Evan Maltby, Allison Posner, Allie Sandler, Libby Servais, Johnny Shea, Phoebe Strole, and Allie Trimm are going to bring you tunes from REB+VoDKa+MESomething Blue, and The Magnificent Seven!

We’re so excited to have so many faces we love (both new and familiar) on stage with us! Get your tickets now to celebrate their wonderfulness with us! (And use the code JMGL5 to get $5 off the cover for the main dining room…)

Gordon & Julia (‘s songs) take Chicago!

Chicago’s Underscore Theatre featured our songs in their Tiny Storefront Concert Series’ celebration of Galentine’s Day on February 13. We were sad to miss it ourselves, but so happy that there’s video proof!

Enjoy Meghan Shanahan singing the heck out of “Hard For Me Not To Love You” (and then check out the rest of the concert in Underscore’s playlist):

Thanks to Isaac Loomer for bringing our work to Chicago!

Cast and Loose

I’ve known actor/writer/producer/all-around-good-people Lynne Rosenberg since we were undergrads at Vassar, and I’ve always been a fan. I feel really lucky to have finally gotten to work with her on my work recently with The Magnificent Seven, and now I feel even more lucky to have gotten to write a song for her amazing series Cast and Loose Live at Joe’s Pub.

Cast and Loose Live! (an offshoot of her amazing Tumblr of the same name) is “an evening of the worst casting breakdowns the internet has to offer, brought to life by stars of the stage and screen.” This particular evening dealt with issues of the body in casting, and woo boy was it an eye-opener on how far our industry has to go.

As a finale, Lynne asked Julia and I to write a song about the dominance of (and deference to) “cisgender, able-bodied, straight, white men” in the industry – and it just so happens that that term scans as a perfect hook!

You should check out the whole evening below, and you can hear the song about an hour and five minutes into the video.

Follow Cast and Loose on Facebook so you can see the next performance yourself!

The 46th Minute

The NAMT experience of condensing a musical into 45 minutes can be stressful for lots of reasons, not the least of which is not being able to share everything you love from your show. Which is why it’s so great that NAMT hosts a concert the night before the festival begins to feature songs that won’t be in the presentations! This year we were lucky enough to get to share two songs – one from The Loneliest Girl in the World, and a bonus from Pregnancy Pact (since this concert wasn’t around during the 2011 festival!)

The always wonderful Brynn O’Malley and Sam Heldt sang “All I See Is You” from The Loneliest Girl in the World and our new friends Delaney Amatrudo and Johnny Shea sang “Secrets” from Pregnancy Pact. Enjoy!

The Magnificent Seven – VIDEO PROOF!

We can do it! (And we did.)

Thanks to all who came out to see a little preview of The Magnificent Seven at Dixon Place on October 6. It was great to see a little piece of the show in front of an audience. And for those of you who didn’t catch it…

Thanks to our squad (L to R): Amy Linden as Shannon, Elexis Morton as Dominique Dawes, Dana Steingold as Dominique Moceanu, Gillian Munsayac as Amy, Emily Walton as Kerri, Ellen Macy as Amanda, Ally Bonino as Jaycie, Collin Batten as Tim Daggett, Lynne Marie Rosenberg as Elfi Schlegel, Dustin Sullivan as John Tesh, and Alex Ratner on piano.

Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming December 12 sharing with Fresh Ground Pepper!

The Magnificent Seven @ Dixon Place

gymnastics-bIf you want a sneak peek at the work Julia and I have been doing on The Magnificent Seven, come on down to Dixon Place on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm. We’ll be sharing 5 songs from the show, and sharing the bill with the wonderful Adam Stasiw!

We’ve assembled our dream cast – with Ally Bonino, Amy Linden, Ellen Macy, Elexis Morton, Gillian Munsayac, Dana Steingold, and Emily Walton as the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team, alongside Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Dustin Sullivan, and Collin Batten as the nefarious announcers. We heard the songs for the first time a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t be more excited to share them for the first time.

Read more about the evening, and get your tickets!

Let Me Ascertain You: Flops, Failures & Fiascos

12633536_10153856599468389_4321566438178432276_oJulia and I have contributed a song to the next installment of The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You on Tuesday, February 23 at 9:30pm at the Metropolitan Room. LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: Flops, Failures, and Fiascos is a night of new music and true stories that celebrate artistic and relationship disasters as told by those who have survived the shame, horror, and glory of failing big. The evening is being directed by our fellow R&Ders Colette Robert and Sanaz Ghajar, with material by friends like Eric March and Sam Chanse. The ever-glorious Ally Bonino is singing our song about being lost and found (and nuns and boats.)

Find out more and get your tickets here!

Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas

LMAY_War_On_Christmas1Come on down (or up or over) to Joe’s Pub on Tuesday, December 8 to hear a new song by Julia and me in Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas, the next installment of the Civilians’ cabaret series.  (It’s about something near and dear to my heart – inconspicuously humming along to songs when things get a little too Jesus-y.)  Directed by Ben Kamine and Suzanne Agins, we’re featured alongside friends and fellow writers Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Erato Kremmyda, Grace McLean, and Michael Friedman.  What better way to kick off your secular holiday season?

Get your tickets here!

Summer Songs

unnamed-1Julia and I were so happy to contribute material to Prospect Theater Company’s 2015 Teen Summer Intensive.  The show – News To Me – was a revue of new songs with topics pulled from the NYTimes, with each writing team assigned a section of the paper.  Julia and I wrote from the Science & Technology section.

Our piece was performed beautifully on Saturday night by four young actresses (one of whom also provided really lovely illustrations to accompany the performance.)  Thanks to Dev Bondarin and Cara Reichel for including us!

We Grew Up Like This

Videos of last month’s concert have made their way online.  It was a lovely reunion of a night, full of great songs sung and played by great friends and fellow Clevelanders.  There really is no place like home (and I’m so lucky that so much of my home is still with me here in NYC!)

Ms. Amy Linden, ladies and gentlemen.  (Mrs. Peters, if you’re nasty.)  Singing “Crooked River” from Across the River.  As my constant collaborator/muse, she’s sung just about everything I’ve ever written.  This was the first time I got to hear her sing this one, and she didn’t disappoint!  (Obviously.)

 

Amy was joined at the start of the concert by Lauren Geber and Hannah Delmonte for a powerhouse rendition of “Nobody Knows” from Pregnancy Pact.

Click through all of the videos to see my frequent collaborators, former students, and teenage idols doing our hometown proud!

Square graphic 2 FINAL 5.19.15Next Sunday!  Come on down to 54 Below and take a trip back to my theatrical roots in Cleveland…

The concert features all those lovely performers in the photo (some old friends, old collaborators, and old campers!) with songs by me and a few of my fellow Cleveland writers (Vadim Feichtner, Dan Marshall, and Scott Frankel.)  Thanks to the wonderful Amy Linden for putting it all together.

Grab some tickets before they’re gone.  Let’s do Cleveland proud!

Want something new? SOMETHING BLUE!

Videos are now online from last month’s concert of songs from Something Blue!  Check out the 9 songs we presented at the D-Lounge, featuring the wonderful Jeremy Morse, Blake Segal, and Phoebe Strole!

Thanks to Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, and everyone at the New York Theatre Barn for welcoming us back to the D-Lounge.  Big thanks to director Ethan Heard, music director Rich Silverstein, and musicians Chris Blacker, Michael Blancaflor, David White, and Andrew Zinsmeister.

We can’t wait to finish this show and share it again sometime soon!

tumblr_nf78qiewHR1sb2xq3o1_1280Tonight’s the night! We had a wonderful sitzprobe last night (pictured above in the music room at Julia’s dayjob – yes, that’s One World Trade Center hidden behind the break in the windows.) It was the first time I’d heard most of the songs with the band and I can’t wait to share them with the audience at the D-Lounge tonight!

If you can’t make it, be on the lookout for photos and videos in the next few weeks!