Readings

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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!

Windy City Something Blue

I had such a wonderful week in Chicago getting to work on our very first public reading of Something Blue in Underscore Theatre Company’s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Thanks to very quick and very wonderful work by actors Britain Gebhardt, Sam Button-Harrison, and Alex Newkirk (pictured L-R), directors Isaac Loomer and Rachel Johnson, and music director Annabelle Revak, Julia and I got to see and hear the show in its full form for the first time – complete with suggestions of what a staging might look like!

We can’t wait to take what we’ve learned from our time in Chicago and see it in action next month when we get to hear Something Blue again, this time back home in NYC with Page 73. More info on that reading to come very soon!

We stuck the reading!

And we have a musical!

Thanks to everyone involved in the Flint Rep New Works Festival for giving us the time and space to hear the entirety of The Magnificent Seven for the first time. Julia and I are so lucky to have gotten to bring along MD extraordinaire Rich Silverstein to work with director Michael Lluberes and a magnificent cast of eleven who vaulted right into a 22-song score with 16 hours of rehearsal. Our gymnasts (pictured above, from L-R) Samantha Carter, Taylor Jones, MaryPaige Reiffel, Amanda Kuo, Annadelle Kimber, Paige VanSickle, and Emily Fishman were joined by Stephanie Cohen, Shelby Coleman, Paul Gregor, and Paul Nelson Gregory to bring the show to life for a friendly crowd who braved the snow.

We can’t wait to get to hear the next draft soon!