I’m so excited that Julia and I have joined the amazing roster of writers represented on Broadway On Demand’s new Composer + Lyricist channels with our very own page! Check out a selection of some of our favorite video performances and explore the work of some of our friends and favorite writers. Thanks, Broadway On Demand, for including us!
Julia and I were thrilled to be asked to participate in Weston Playhouse’s Songs for Today series and to kick off a weekly release of new songs (and fresh looks at old songs) by friends and heroes like Kirsten Childs, Joe Iconis, Tidtaya Sinutoke & Isabella Dawis, Jenny Giering & Sean Barry, Adam Gwon, and Adam Guettel. We were asked to perform the song ourselves, so you can hear Julia’s beautiful vocals along with my animation…
This song was written both in conversation with the present moment AND for a new show we’re just beginning to write (called These Familiar Spirits) and we’ll share more info and more songs and videos from it soon!
Thanks to Andy Zinsmeister for his audio engineering, and Susanna Gellert for including us in this project. There will be some public Zoom conversations in the next few weeks, and I’ll share more info (or at least a recap) once those are on the books!
Ten years ago today, I sent Julia an email.
We’d written a few songs together at warp speed after grad school that we both liked. So when my friend Jeremy Gold Kronenberg told me he was looking for a short musical to direct for Prospect Theater Company but only had 6 weeks to develop it, I asked Julia if she might want to apply our speed songwriting skills to a full project. We cranked out a 35 minute musical and loved what we wrote together. So when I read an article the next month about a group of high school girls in Gloucester, Massachusetts who were rumored to have made a pact to get pregnant together, I asked Julia if she thought it might be our first full-length musical.
Now we’re getting ready to start our seventh full-length musical next month while we’re out of town rehearsing for the world premiere of another show. And in the intervening decade we’ve been lucky enough to build a network of actors, singers, musicians, directors, designers, and friends to help us explore limitless empathy, terrible decision-making, building legacies, and growing up.
Here’s to what’s to come in the next 10 years of our collaboration!
My very frequent collaborator/muse Amy Linden is getting married this weekend! Over the last 10 years, Amy has been involved in almost every one of my shows at some point and sung in more of my concerts than I can even remember. I’m so looking forward to celebrating her (and her wonderful soon-to-be-husband Josh) this weekend that I thought I’d start the celebration a little bit early on here!
See her kill some other songs of mine (dead) here: