Small Town Story
Reading at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
New York Theatre Barn is producing a reading of Brandon James Gwinn's and my musical SMALL TOWN STORY on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2pm, and Friday, November 14, 2014 at 1pm.
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.
This project has been very dear to me for a few years, so we are thrilled to present it in front of an invited audience, with high hopes for its commercial future. If you would like to attend, please email me and I will arrange for seating. The presentations will take place at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, located at Playwrights Horizons (416 W. 42nd St.). I am pasting all the info below. 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.
Here is all the official info:
Like You Like It Studio Recording
We have a most excellent opportunity: 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 Like You Like It!
On May 4 (the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' classic movie Sixteen Candles), we launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for the album. In our five week campaign, over 200 supporters became LikeYouLikers, and we raised our budget.
Check out the article about the campaign on Redisover the ’80s and click on the arrow below to see some of the nice things our friends have said about the campaign:
This past August, we had a blast recording a few songs with Nick Cearley and Bonnie Milligan. Nick and Bonnie, who wowed at the 54 Below concert as Sausage on a Stick workstudy students Phil Lipshitz & Sylvie Feldman, went into the amazing Yellow Sound Lab to lay down those characters' tracks. While principal recording is not until January, we are so fortunate to have gotten Bonnie and Nick in the studio before Bonnie left for the Kinky Boots first national tour. We are also proud to announce that Nick, who is one half of the Undie-Rock sensation The Skivvies and one of the beauty queens in the recent Off-Broadway hit Pageant, recently made it onto the Out 100 list for 2014.
We are so grateful to have such superb talent as Nick and Bonnie on the album, and look forward to sharing news of other cast members as we go full force with the recording in a few months. We will also have some news in the upcoming weeks about our search for high school kids to sing on the album.
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.