Back to The Civilians!

Julia and I are so happy to be bringing REB+VoDKa+ME back to our roots with The Civilians for a reading this June, with support from the Discovery Grant from OPERA America, generously sponsored by the Virginia B Toulmin Foundation.

The show was first written in The Civilians’ R&D Group in 2015-2016 and first seen in the 2016 FINDINGS Series. We are back (with a non-threatening vengeance) this time around with director Annie Tippe (herself an R&D Group alum) and music director Rich Silverstein.

The reading will take place on Monday, June 10 at 3pm at OPERA America’s National Opera Center at 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor.

Casting and reservation information soon to come!

The Magnificent Seven demos, pt. 2!

Julia and I are heading back into the studio over the next few weeks to record our newest songs for The Magnificent Seven with some of our very favorite people: Rich Silverstein, Carl Limbacher, Jeremy Yaddaw, Andrew Zinsmeister, Ally Bonino, Mackenzie Dade, Alexis Floyd, Sam Heldt, MinJi Kim, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Katie Rodgers, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Keith Rubin, and Lauren Worsham. And we’re so happy to be recording with Chris Gilroy at Mighty Toad Recording Studios again!

Stay tuned over the next few months for the final demos…

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!