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These Familiar Spirits

Julia and I are thrilled that our wonderful friends at Flint Repertory Theatre have commissioned us to write our next musical, These Familiar Spirits!

The musical imagines a reunion of the “afflicted girls of Salem” twenty-three years after the end of the witch trials as they return to Salem Village for the funeral of one of their own. (We like to say that the elevator pitch would be “The Crucible meets The Big Chill.“) The women have to face each other and their shared past and the harms they felt and caused… and probably encounter (or participate in?) some magic along the way!

We’ve been talking about the story and doing research and writing some exploratory songs for the last few years – you may have already heard “I Remember Summer” or “Scar” (starting around 26:30) – but we are so excited to get to work on writing the show itself and digging into a brand new world fully. And we’re even more excited to be doing so with everyone at Flint Rep… It’s an honor to get our first full commission from one of our favorite places!

We’ll be working on the piece over the course of the year with a few developmental steps in Flint and beyond, so keep an eye out for more information soon!

The Magnificent Seven: Original Cast Album Released

Stream it today on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, or any other streaming service!

Featuring Holly Gould (Jaycie Phelps), MinJi Kim (Amy Chow), Kylie Lavrenchik (Additional Vocals), Amy Linden (Shannon Miller), Ellen Condon Macy (Amanda Borden), Allison Posner (Kerri Strug), Libby Servais (Dominique Moceanu), Josslyn Shaw (A Vision from 1984) & Racquel Williams (Dominique Dawes)

With Sam Heldt (Tim Daggett), Evan Maltby (John Tesh) & Lynne Marie Rosenberg (Elfi Schlegel)

Alex Ratner (Piano/Conductor), Michael Blancafor (Drums), Michael Epperhart (Bass), Zachary Larson (Guitar)

Recorded on September 22, 23, 26, and October 5, 2022 at John Kilgore Sound & Recording and The Bunker Studios

Recording Engineered & Mixed by John Kilgore
Mastered by Alan Silverman, Aerial Studios
Logo design by Genevieve Wilson

Album Producers:
Steve Kyriakis & Matt Donaldson
Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary

℗ 2023 MDSK Productions LLC

The Magnificent Seven: The Album

It’s happening! We re-assembled the wonderful cast and band of The Magnificent Seven at Theatre Row to record our first-ever cast recording!

The album was recorded September 23, 25 & 26 and October 5, 2022 at John Kilgore Sound & Recording and The Bunker Studios, engineered by John Kilgore. The album is produced by Steve Kyriakis & Matt Donaldson of MDSK Productions.

We can’t wait to share it with you soon… The album will be available on your favorite streaming platforms in early 2023!

YIMT 2.0

I’m so excited to head back up to the Yale Institute for Music Theatre in New Haven this June! Six years after our amazing experience with Pregnancy Pact, Julia and I will get to spend two weeks working on REB+VoDKa+ME in their alumni residency alongside workshops of the new musicals Gumbo and Cowboy Bob.

No actors, no rehearsals, no presentations – just us and our writing for two whole weeks! (With intermittent stops at Miya’s Sushi, of course.) I can’t wait to maximize these two weeks and come out on the other end with a full draft of the show.

Thanks to the wonderful Mark Brokaw for including us again this year!

New representation!

I’m so happy to share that I’m now working with Mark Orsini at Bret Adams! So if you’re looking for info on licensing a show of mine, you can find his information on the CONTACT page. (But if you’re looking to talk about dogs or Orphan Black, you should still email me directly.)