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Here comes PIED!

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In just three weeks, we get to see PIED! up on its feet for the very first time!

Julia and I have spent the last few weekends in Philly rehearsing, rewriting, and relishing (different re-, I know, but I like things in threes.)  I’ve been completely blown away by the cast of UArts students.  They’ve been working incredibly hard, engaging with the (admittedly challenging) material head on, making smart choices, asking smart questions, and showing us some brand new sides of the piece.  (Now they just need to graduate so we can work with them in NYC.)

They are (clockwise above): Katie Markey (Kay, etc.), Elexis Morton (Koreen, etc.), Hannah Parke (Anita Bryant), Bianca Teresi (Sandra, etc.), Carrie Thorwarth (Mary Ann Mobley, etc.), Jackson Teeley (Dick Clark, etc.), Cody Swanson (Brother Bill, etc.), Matthew Oster (Kyle, etc.), Patrick Henkel (Tommy), Bryce Crandall (Bob Green), and Marcus Briddell (Johnny Carson, etc.)

(I’m equally amazed by our Assistant Director Chelsae Bazzel and our Stage Manager Alyse Hogan, but they don’t have fancy headshots.)

Tickets are now available for the performance.  So come on down (or up, or over) to Philly on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm and check us out!

Cheering is life. And I live it.

I truly don’t think I could have asked for a better experience than the one I just had with CHEER WARS. There’s nothing quite like four years away from a piece to make you fall in love with it all over again, and there was no more wonderful way to get back into it than with the amazing team we had. And I have to name them all:

Director Hunter Foster and MD Vadim Feichtner, our (literally) fearless leaders, gave us the fullest vision of the show we could ever have hoped for in such a short amount of time – and Associate Director Greg Santos deserves a special shout-out for lending us some cheer authenticity in addition to his valuable input and warmth. SM Rebecca McBee and ASM Chris Flores kept us all sane and happy (and kept smiles every time I handed them new pages.)

Then there’s the cast. Oh, the cast. I still feel like I have to pinch myself that I get to work with Annie Golden and Mary Testa – two performers who did the impossible and somehow made me even bigger fans of theirs since I’ve gotten to work with them. And even after spending a week in the room with her, I can’t help but giggle in amazement that I got to work with Sally Struthers and experience her legendary kindness and generosity (and chops) firsthand. I feel so fortunate to have gotten to meet and work with Britney Coleman, Stephanie Hsu, and Michael Dean Morgan for the first time; and I feel extra lucky to have finally gotten to work in this setting with Alyse Alan Louis and Molly Hager (after years of jealously watching them onstage in concerts or in my friends’ shows.) It was beyond wonderful to have Robb Sapp back in the show, seven years after his first go as Randy at NYU, being just as heartwarmingly hilarious now as he was then. I was so happy to get to watch Dana Steingold back in the world of cheer (after coming with me to the worlds of pregnant teens and Anita Bryant over the last few years) as she brought Halle front and center. And, of course, I’m grateful that the streak continued with Amy Linden, who has been involved in more iterations of the show than anyone other than Karlan and me.

Thanks to Jim Morgan, Andrew Levine, Seth Christenfeld, Amber Wallace, and everyone at the York for taking us on.

Until next time!

How lucky am I?

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Today I get to go into a room with these eleven amazing people!  I still can’t quite believe the cast we’ve got for this presentation…  Come on down to the York next week to see Mary Testa, Sally Struthers, Annie Golden, Michael Dean Morgan, Dana Steingold, Alyse Alan Louis, Robb Sapp, Britney Coleman, Molly Hager, Amy Linden, and Stephanie Hsu.  And, while you’re there, pinch me so I know I’m not dreaming…

 

Philly, here I come!

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It’s the first day of rehearsal!

This spring, Julia and I get to head down to Philly on the weekends to work on PIED! at the University of the Arts.  We’ve got a cast of 11 wonderful students working with director Ben Kamine and music director Christopher Tolomeo to bring the show to life.

And, if you’re in the Philly area, check out the Polyphone Festival at the Merriam Theatre in March! We’ll be kicking the festival off with PIED! on Tuesday, March 24 – but that week will also include performances of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Cesar Alvarez’s ELEMENTARY SPACETIME SHOW!, and Stew & Heidi Rodewald’s THE TOTAL BENT. 5 shows, 5 days, $5!

More info to come…

CHEER WARS is back, y’all!

On Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, the York Theatre Company will present readings of the show.  Hunter Foster is directing and Vadim Feichtner is back on board as our MD.  Casting and more information will be coming soon.  Be on the lookout!

I’m SO happy to get back to work on this show and Karlan & I can’t wait to share it once again!

That was some good PIED!

tumblr_ngzydq7uqi1sb2xq3o1_1280I had the best time watching a chunk of the show get up on its feet for the first time.  After 5 hours of rehearsal, we presented 15 minutes for an enthusiastic crowd.  Thanks to Portia Krieger and Rich Silverstein for leading the way, along with our wonderful cast – Libby Servais as Anita, Sam Heldt as Tommy, Dana Steingold as Mary Ann Mobley (RIP)/Sandra Bryant/Lisa-the-meanest-girl, Amy Linden as Joanne Lucille “Runner Up” McDonald/Kay/Sharon, and Adam Stasiw as Bert “Emotionally Putting Out a Cigarette” Parks/Dick Clark/Sister Dorothy.

If you don’t know about the Musical Theatre Factory, check them out!  It’s an all-volunteer-run organization that is fully devoted to nurturing new musicals, run by the fearlessly wonderful Shakina Nayfack.  Go see a show there, volunteer to tend bar or usher, or (best of all) give them money!

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!

An early slice of PIED!

tumblr_ngfbos7YoQ1sb2xq3o1_500hCome on down to the Musical Theatre Factory on Monday night for a slice of PIED!

Julia and I are so excited to present an excerpt of the show, up on its feet for the first time, as part of this month’s installment of 4×15 on Monday, December 15 at 8:30pm.  Directed by Portia Krieger and with music direction by Rich Silverstein, the 15-minute excerpt will feature Dana Steingold, Sam Heldt, Libby Servais, Adam Stasiw, andAmy Linden (L-R, pictured above.)

The evening will feature 15-minute excerpts of four new musicals (including shows by our friends Andrea Lepcio and Bill Nelson) with some industry feedback after each presentation.  It should be a fun night with a fun, new company devoted to new musicals!

Get your tickets here!

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!

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Next Monday!  7:30pm!

Come on down to the D-Lounge to hear a selection of songs from our new musical Something Blue on a double bill with Jay Alan Zimmerman‘s Roboticus.

I’m so happy to get to hear 6 brand new songs sung for the first time (and 3 that we’ve enjoyed since we recorded them last year.)

Tickets are available here.

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I promised you details, so here are details!

The NYTB concert of Something Blue on Monday, November 17 is almost upon us.  If the prospect of hearing new Gordon & Julia songs weren’t enough to get you there, come so you can hear the wonderful Jeremy Morse, Phoebe Strole, and Blake Segal sing said new songs, as directed by Ethan Heard and musically directed by Rich Silverstein!

Tickets and more info will be up on the New York Theatre Barn website soon!

The D-Lounge doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30.

Happy anniversary to my dear friends Jeremy Gold Kronenberg & Robert Anthony Jones!  Their beautiful wedding gave Julia and me the chance to write the kind of love song we never get to write in our musicals.

 

Mazel tov, Mrs. Peters!

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:

Thursday Morning
Black Friday
Things That I Have Lost
Saint Paul