Like You Like It Studio Recording
Later this year, Broadway Records, the Grammy-nominated label that's released cast albums such as Matilda and concert albums from such stars as Patti LuPone, will release a studio cast album of Composer Dan Acquisto's and my musical Like You Like It!
We have spent a good part of the harsh weather in a wonderful climate: the recording studio!
Over the last few weeks, Music Director Beth Falcone and Yellow Sound Lab Producer Michael Croiter conducted our multiple sessions with ease, humor and masterful craft.
We are so grateful to Broadway Records' Van Dean for this phenomenal opportunity. We also thank for our production manager Mackenzie Meeks for running such a smooth operation, and our genius casting director Robin Carus for assembling an amazing cast.
Rosalind: Alison Luff (Matilda, Ghost, Wicked National Tour)
Orlando: Derek Klena (Diner, Dogfight, Carrie)
Celia: Patti Murin (Lysistra Jones, Xanadu)
Touchtone: Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, Wicked)
Phil: Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies,’ Pageant)
Sylvie: Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots 1st National Tour)
Audrey: Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages, Bring It On)
Oliver: Sam Underwood (Fox's "The Following")
Jackie: Lesli Margherita (Matilda)
Ensemble: Elisabeth Ness, Chandler Reeves, Aaron Riesebeck, Emily Rogers, Patrick Shelton
We have some alumni of our previous productions, readings and concerts, as well as some new folks we are thrilled to welcome to the "Arden Mall."
Also, because we have had so many requests for one of our cut songs, we recorded a bonus track with Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) & Nathan Johnson (Like You Like It at The Gallery Players), who reprised their beautiful rendition of Rosalind & Orlando's duet "All of The Above" from last year's 54 Below concert.
We were so overwhelmed with joy by our cast's exhilarating vocals. Their performances are hilarious, moving and simply stunning. We look forward to sharing some sneak preview videos with you soon - and most of all to sharing the final product with you.
We have one more session in which we will record four students as a special teen ensemble on a song we wrote specifically for the high school version. Students from groups such as Broadway Workshop, the 1214 Foundation and Kidz Theater will be participating.
Small Town Story
Reading at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Photo by Michael Bonasio.
Last November, New York Theatre Barn produced a reading of Brandon James Gwinn's and my musical SMALL TOWN STORY.
SMALL TOWN STORY is about two families in a North Texas town who struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical RENT. It was featured in the Village Theatre's 2013 Festival of New Musicals in Issaquah, WA, was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award, and is the recipient of a Writers Residency Grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.
The reading featured Joe Cassidy (If/Then), Hanna De Flumeri, Beth DeVries, Noah Galvin (Love and Information, The Great American Mousical), James Donegan (Forbidden Broadway), Alexa Green (Wicked), Anthony Lee Medina (The Capeman), Brandon Kalm (American Idiot), Carolyn Mignini (Fiddler on the Roof, Tintypes), Erin Leigh Peck (The Toxic Avenger), Chandler Reeves, Emily Rogers, Erik Sisco and Shorey Walker (Seussical).
This project has been very dear to me for a few years, and it was thrilling to present it in front of an invited audience. Check back for some exciting news aboutits commercial future. You can listen to some of the tunes at the SoundCloud link.
We have been floored at the comments we get from viewers across all generations about how the show both entertains them and challenges their beliefs in terms of the show's themes of tolerance and communication. It really seems to be hitting a nerve, especially these days when high school productions of many shows come under fire.
Structure! The Musical Rides Again
Experience how classic screenplay story structure can help us create better musicals.
What do Mrs. Lovett and Darth Vader have in common? In this class/performance/ Q&A by award-winning librettist, screenwriter, and NYMF alumnus Sammy Buck, learn how classic screenplay structure from a variety of movies translates into memorable characters, song moments, and stories of musical theatre greats – old, new, and yet-to-be.
**This seminar is not affiliated with or endorsed by Lucasfilms, The Walt Disney Company or the Galactic Empire.
Originally presented at the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festval.