Lyricist, bookwriter, and Broadway performer Jill Abramovitz and Tony-nominated actor Anika Larsen (Beautiful) will co-host Prospect Theater Company’s upcoming Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase: a concert celebrating new works-in-process created or co-created by women writers. This special one night event will be presented on March 10, 2018 at 8pm at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st, NYC).
The evening will feature interviews with and new work by Masi Asare (The Family Resemblance); Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (Marie in Tomorrowland); Christine Toy Johnson (Barcelona); Dana Levinson & Stacey Weingarten (5th Republic); Stacey Luftig & Jennie Redling (My Heart Is the Drum); Mary Liz McNamara (Body & Soul); and Georgia Stitt (Snow Child). The Alaskan wilderness, the architecture of Barcelona, and a small village in Ghana are among the diverse worlds explored in the selected new musicals. The complete list of collaborators and show descriptions can be found below. For writer bios please visit www.GoodToGoFestival.org.
Prospect Theater Company (under the leadership of Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director and Melissa Huber, Managing Director) in partnership with The Good to Go Festival, continues its 2017-18 IGNITE Series at The TimesCenter with the third year of the Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase. Launched in 2015, Prospect’s IGNITE Series is an ongoing concert initiative featuring today’s new voices shaping tomorrow’s musical theater. Reflecting Prospect’s dedication to fostering and producing work by emerging artists, IGNITE Series programming will include premieres of original material by award-winning songwriters; cutting-edge creations straight from Prospect’s annual Musical Theater Lab; concert presentations of musicals in development; and more.
Single tickets are $20, $30 and $40, and may be obtained through online purchase at www.ProspectTheater.org / www.GoodToGoFestival.org, or by calling (212) 352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to curtain, if available.
The TimesCenter (www.TheTimesCenter.com) is located at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in the heart of NYC’s Times Square District. The venue features a 378-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video capability, and a Steinway Concert Grand Piano.
THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE
book, music & lyrics by Masi Asare
Akosua and her mixed race family are expecting an ordinary Christmas back home in central Pennsylvania, but heavy winds, a corporate crisis, and a visitation from an African ancestor mean things do not go as planned. Even when your heritage is all over the map, you have to go back to your roots to find your own way.
MARIE IN TOMORROW LAND
conceived by Maggie-Kate Coleman, Erato A. Kremmyda and Sam Pinkleton
book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman
music by Erato A. Kremmyda
book & lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson
music and lyrics by Jason Ma
book & lyrics by Stacey Weingarten
music & lyrics by Dana Levinson
Set in 1958-59 during the fall of the French 4th Republic, an Algerian refugee and Pied Noir soldier find love amidst the political turmoil of the Algerian War for Independence and Charles de Gaulle’s return to power. This epic romance is inspired by Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.
MY HEART IS THE DRUM
lyrics by Stacey Luftig
book by Jennie Redling
music and concept by Philip Palmer
book, music & lyrics by Mary Liz McNamara
based on the documentary by Alice Elliott
Two amazing women, despite having significant disabilities, find meaning and independence by living together. Diana Braun, who has Down syndrome, cares for Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy. Together, they cope with almost every problem in their daily life with humor and grace.
Book by John Strand
Music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt
adapted from Eowyn Ivey’s novel, The Snow Child