Come 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?
Julia and I were selected to participate in the 2016 Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in February! We’ll spend a week in (hopefully) snowy East Haddam, CT working on REB + VoDKa + ME among a group of wonderful peers and friends. It’ll be my first time back at Goodspeed since 2007, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to get away (and raid the library there for rare cast recordings…)
The Writers Colony lasts for four weeks, so we’re not sure yet who we’ll be in residence with, but we’re excited by the prospect of getting to spend time with friends and colleagues like Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Tim Drucker, Brett Ryback, Mark Sonnenblick, Erica Schmidt… So many wonderful people.
Stay tuned for updates from Goodspeed in February!
Here they are! Huge thanks to our wonderful engineer Reed Taylor for all of these wonderful tracks. And thanks to all the talented folks who came into the studio with us: MD Rich Silverstein; musicians Ian Axness, Eric Day, Danny Jonokuchi, Jeremy Yaddaw, and Andrew Zinsmeister; and singers Ally Bonino, Liz Carbonell, Max Chernin, Charles Franklin, Sam Heldt, Brad Standley, and Lauren Worsham.
Hear all of the tracks in story order with the rest of our demos on their WORKS pages!
I’m so excited to share that I will be a part of this year’s R&D Group with The Civilians. Julia, Ben Kamine, and I will spend the next nine months investigating and writing for our newest project, Reb + VoDKa + Me, a look at Tumblr’s community of Columbiners. It’s going to be a wild, dark, breakneck ride – and I can’t wait for it to start later this month!
The 2015-16 R&D Group also includes writers Sam Chanse, EllaRose Chary, Ty Defoe, Dominic Finocchiaro, Claire Kiechel, Jordan Mahome, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Ken Urban, along with directors Suzanne Agins, Sash Bischoff, Lee Sunday Evans, Sanaz Ghajar, Colette Robert, Dan Safer, and Jay Stull.
Julia and I are back in the studio to record some new tracks for I Love You, Anita Bryant and Something Blue. We’re recording 14 tracks with some of our very favorite people, and it’s been a blast so far! The new tracks should be available and posted in mid-September, so keep an eye (ear?) out.
(We’ve also got Sam Heldt, Lauren Worsham, Nick Blaemire, and Dustin Sullivan singing for us, but I’m bad about taking enough pictures…)