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SOUND BITES 6.0 The Sixth Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals Announces The 10 Finalists

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Theatre Now New York (TNNY) is pleased to announce the top 10 musical finalists chosen for SOUND BITES 6.0, the Sixth Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals. The SOUND BITES 6.0 Adjudication Committee selected the top 10 finalists for this year’s festival from a record-breaking number of submissions. This one-night only event, now in its sixth year, will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00pm at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, and showcases 10 new musicals by up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams.

SOUND BITES 6.0 grants composers, lyricists, and librettists the unique opportunity to showcase their work in front of a live audience of theatre-goers and industry professionals. These 10 finalists will compete for top festival honors, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Book, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music, and Best Lyrics. The award winners will be determined by votes from a judging panel of industry professionals. The audience will also vote for their favorite musical, which will earn the coveted Audience Choice Award. A musical is not limited on the number of awards it can receive.

Finalists will also join an alumni network of musical theatre writing teams, actors, directors and choreographers from festivals of years past. Each SOUND BITES 6.0 finalist may also receive further development opportunities in the future.

SOUND BITES 6.0 TOP 10 FINALISTS:
Ant and Grasshopper
Book & Lyrics by A. J. Freeman, Music by Dimitri Landrain
Ant and Grasshopper (from Fables) is based on the classic tale by Aesop. Hardworking, miserable Ant meets fun-loving, irresponsible Grasshopper. Together they learn that everyone needs both discipline and creativity, and that life is better shared with a friend!

Behind The Bar
Book & Lyrics by Audrey Martells, Music by Audrey Martells & Etienne Stadwijk
A single mother struggles to raise her two sons in the middle of the civil rights era. One son is at the forefront of the fight for justice, while the other has huge dreams of being a dancer and changing the world through art.

Bittersweet Lullaby
Book by Will Lacker, Music & Lyrics by Dylan Glatthorn
Two struggling songwriters live in the same apartment decades apart. In one magical night, their voices connect through time and they begin a collaboration that leaves them forever changed.

Bleeding Kansas
Book by Anderson Cook, Music & Lyrics by Ben Lapidus & Amanda D’Archangelis
In 1856, John Brown, the rage-filled, anarchistic abolitionist, personifies punk rock. He’s tired of debates, marches, and protests to end slavery – so he’s taking his family to Kansas and going to drive the pro-slavery Border Ruffians from its borders, by any means necessary. But his fervor ignites conflict quickly – leading to the death of one of his children, and a violent rampage across the territory that sets the stage for the brutality of the Civil War. 

Book Lovers
Book & Lyrics by Talaura Harms, Music by Jonathan Bauerfeld
Charlotte is secretly in love with the librarian. She rejects the idea of romance until three of literature’s “greatest” lovers escape from their books to convince her to take a chance on love.

Eighth Grade President
Book & Lyrics by Jacey Powers, Music & Lyrics by Ashkon Davaran
Madison is an eighth grade girl who wants to change the world, but worries she needs literal balls to do it. In a world of Tamagotchis and Trapper keepers, Madison wrestles the familiar eighth grade demons—an uncertain self-identity, low-self esteem, popular girls, gym class, periods and of course, boys who work half as hard to get twice as much. 

Gollum Owned a Tropical Smoothie
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Ethan Crystal & Garrett Poladian
Gollum Owned a Tropical Smoothie tells the story of Ian (a regular high school kid) and Kyle (a stoner college dropout) working at a Tropical Smoothie in Panama City Beach, Florida. Together, along with Ian’s older sister Gabby, they explore love, life, weed, smoothies, and what it means to grow up. Oh…and their boss is Gollum.

Jack & Jill
Book & Lyrics by Zackry Childers, Music by Patrick Thompson
Frustrated with their small cottage and strict parents, Jack and Jill run away from home; wishing for a life free of rules and full of adventure. But, when they stumble upon a wishing well in the darkest part of the forest, they quickly realize they should be careful what they wish for…

Maya & Me
Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Kathy Ng
Maya & Me is an exploration of one Chinese-American girl’s relationship with an iconic piece of public art. As she digs deeper for answers she may never find, her connection with Maya Lin blossoms into something she has never expected.

The Only Thing That Matters
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Chris Kerrigan
Three adult sisters have dinner together at one of their homes in the suburbs. Kerri, the middle child and black sheep of the family is determined to not be undermined by the judgments and critiques of her two more well-adjusted and successful sisters. But as soon as alcohol and discussions of social issues descend upon the evening, all bets are off.
Producing SOUND BITES 6.0 is Theatre Now New York Producing Artistic Director, Thomas Morrissey, who has helped develop and produce new plays and musicals, including the East Coast Premiere of Kingdom, the world premiere of The Last Sunday in June, and the East Coast Premiere of The Break-Up Notebook, Chris Giordano, Theatre Now New York Producing Director, who co-produced SOUND BITES 4.0 and 5.0 and TNNY’s Rotating Rep Series, which included musicals: We Have ApplesKragtar: An American Monster Musical, and Thicket & Thistle’s What’s Your Wish?, and Liz Doyle, Theatre Now New York Managing Director.

Theatre Now New York provides emerging, mid-career and established writers with on-stage opportunities to further artistic growth, critical resources, as well as advocacy, promotion, and organizational support during and well beyond production. TNNY strives to promote new works by engaging theatre-going audiences, industry professionals and the theatrical community at large by facilitating the creation, development, and production of new theatrical works, specifically the production of fully staged works.

For more information about Theatre Now New York, visit www.tnny.org.

Kaufman Music Center stimulates appreciation of and participation in music through music performance and education in ways that awaken creativity, advance innovation and create a sense of wonder among performers, students, teachers and the public at large. At Kaufman Music Center, music lovers – from curious fans to renowned performers – come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is home to Merkin Hall, Lucy Moses School, Special Music School, and Face the Music. 

Merkin Hall’s innovative programming, intimate scale and near perfect acoustics have earned it a reputation as one of New York City’s finest concert venues. Noted in the New York Times for its “reputation for avant-gardism of a cool and cerebral nature,” Merkin presents adventurous work—including many world premieres—by contemporary composers and some of today’s most acclaimed and inspiring performers. In addition to cutting-edge new music, Merkin Hall presents some of the best new talents in the classical world, celebrations of musical theater with Broadway’s top professionals and lively musical revues for children and families.

For more information about Kaufman Music Center, visitwww.KaufmanMusicCenter.org.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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KNIVES OUT AGAIN — (Via Deadline) The next installment in the Knives Out series has its title. Writer/director Rian Johnson announced on social media this morning that the film will be called Wake Up Dead Man. It was also confirmed that the film would come out sometime in 2025 and that production would be under way soon with Daniel Craig returning to star.

Johnson returns as the writer and director of the series and will also produce the pic with his partner Ram Bergman. Plot details are unknown and as of now Craig is the only talent involved.

The most recent pic, Glass Onion, bowed in 2022 with Craig returning as world famous detective Benoit Blanc. The film premiered on Netflix after the streamer made a record setting $450 million deal for the two sequels with this being the third in the series.

SHORT TAKES — The trailer for Beverley Hills Cop 4 is out. Here it is:

Harold Faltermeyer

The theme for the movie sounds like a cheap re-working of “Alex F” an electronic instrumental track by German musician Harold Faltermeyer …

The Wallows

The Wallows, who I’ve never heard of, kicked off the Today Show Summer Concert series. When interviewed, each of them said they used to watch the show before they went to school. My, I wonder how that made the hosts feel? Even Carson Daly, who’s no kid either, must have batted an eye. Interesting band. Nothing special I saw, but good luck to them …

David Krumholtz

SIGHTING: David (Numbers) Krumholtz at the Factory Bar Friday for Trivia Night … (Via Theatermania) Grammy

Stephanie Mills

Award winner Stephanie Mills will return to Broadway to play Hermes in the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown. Her first performance will be July 2, coinciding with the start dates of Maia Reficco and Yola. Mills takes over from Jon Jon Briones, who plays his final performance June 30. Mills originated the role of Dorothy in the first Broadway production of The Wiz in 1975. Her last appearance on Broadway was for a special concert in 1989 … The Washington Post will go full AI. Check out this story: https://futurism.com/washington-post-pivot-ai

Tracker

… A short Memorial Day-vacay in East Hampton was great. Checked out Sakura and was introduced to CBS’ Tracker with Justin Hartley. Smartly done and directed by Ken Olin from Thirtysomething. Impressed for sure …

Billy Joel

The Long Island Musical Hall of Fame abruptly canceled their June 7 event, honoring Billy Joel at Tilles Center.  Performers at the event were to be Run-DMC; Debbie Gibson; and Felix Cavaliere.  Joel said a family event would prevent him from attending …

RIP producer

Al Ruddy

. He produced The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby. Check out Deadline’s obit: https://deadline.com/2024/05/al-ruddy-dead-godfather-million-dollar-baby-1235942541/

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The Canadian Festival of New Musicals Unveils Three New Works

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This Saturday, thanks to the theatre gods of Toronto, I was gifted with the chance to experience the next wave of new Canadian musicals. Getting underway earlier this week, the inaugural season of The Canadian Festival of New Musicals, running from May 23rd – 26th at the Berkeley St Theatre, unveiled a few new musicals. Presented by The Musical Stage Company in association with Canadian Stage, the three new shows were given the grand opportunity to present snippets of their work-in-progress; new musicals that are being experimented with, played with, and developed for our theatrical enjoyment. And what a joy it was to be in the room with all these enthusiastic souls.

New Voices. New Stories. New Musicals.” is the Festival’s motto, as I made my way downtown to join the celebration of creativity, innovation, and collaboration, giving the audience a glimpse of three of the Musical Stage Company’s musicals in development.

Featuring excerpts from IN REAL LIFE, AFTER THE RAIN, and COWBOY TEMPEST CABARET, the Canadian Festival of New Musicals was an electrifying showcase that gave audiences a first look and listen at the new stories being created by some of our country’s most promising lyricists, composers, and writers, and delivered by some amazing performers, such as Brandon Antonio (Broadway’s & Juliet), Raquel Duffy (Coal Mine’s Apppropriate), Eva Foote (Stratford’s Hamlet-911), Brendan Wall (MSC’s Natasha, Pierre…), and the phenomenal Elm Reyes (Factory’s Trojan Girls…). The festival also provided opportunities for music theatre creators to meet new collaborators, learn more from experts in the field, and engage in the conversation around the development of new musical theatre in Canada.

These musicals are all being developed for full-length productions, with AFTER THE RAIN already programmed into the upcoming Tarragon season, a production that I am super excited to have the chance to experience again.

THE CANADIAN FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS

Details and schedule:

AFTER THE RAIN (Double bill with COWBOY TEMPEST CABARET)

May 23RD 8:00pm and May 25th 3:30pm

Co-Commissioned and Co-Developed by The Musical Stage Company and Tarragon Theatre

Book by Rose Napoli

Music & Lyrics by Suzy Wilde

Featuring Eva Foote, Raquel Duffy, Brendan Wall, and Shaemus Swets

Her parents are famous. Her boyfriend is stupid. And Suzie is a mess.

When she accepts a mature piano student obsessed with mastering only one song, Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie No. 1”, struggling songwriter Suzie’s life takes an unforeseen turn. Full of family turmoil, life’s complexities, and centered around a devastating discovery, AFTER THE RAIN is a musical based on a true story about the healing power of music.

COWBOY TEMPEST CABARET (Double bill w AFTER THE RAIN)

May 23rd 8:00pm and May 25th 3:30pm

Commissioned and Developed by The Musical Stage Company

Book by Niall McNeil, Lucy McNulty & Anton Lipovetsky,

Music by Anton Lipovetsky

Lyrics by Niall McNeil

Featuring Brandon Antonio, Raquel Duffy, Eva Foote, Dylan Harman, Yousef Kadoura, Elm Reyes, Shaemus Swets, and Brendan Wall

Guns and magic. Love and hurt. When gunslinger Prospero conjures a storm in the desert, he begins a chain of events that forces every cowboy and spirit into a fight for freedom. Created by an artist with Down Syndrome and his longtime collaborators, Cowboy Tempest Cabaret is a totally lawless adaptation of Shakespeare’s Tempest musicalized in the styles of rock, folk and country & western music.

IN REAL LIFE

May 24th and 25th at 8:00pm, May 26th at 2:00pm

Commissioned by The Musical Stage Company and Co-Developed by The Musical Stage Company and fu-GEN Theatre Company

Book & Lyrics by Nick Green

Music & Lyrics by Kevin Wong

Featuring Alicia Ault, Janelle Cooper, Colleen Furlan, Hailey Gillis, Matthew Joseph, William Lincoln, Jacob McInnis, and Daniel Williston

Set in a dystopian future, technological prodigy Max is an ideal student with a bright future, until, with a single swipe, he sets out on a journey to forbidden corners of the Internet, underground societies, and forgotten parts of himself. A story filled with twists and turns, In Real Life examines the complexities of power, technology, and freedom in the digital era.

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Under the Influencer: How Partnerships Can Skyrocket Your Music Career

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In the ever-evolving music landscape, the fusion of diverse talents and genres can ignite a creative explosion, setting the stage for groundbreaking tracks and sounds. This synergetic environment helps promote your music and pushes musical boundaries, offering listeners an unforgettable auditory experience.

Collaborating with fellow artists or producers introduces a fresh perspective to your work, allowing for the exploration of uncharted territories. It is this seamless blend of creativity and experimentation that leads to the birth of innovative music, marking your unique imprint in the industry.

Mastering Social Savvy: Influencers as Amplifiers

In the digital age where music competes on a global stage, influencers have emerged as vital catalysts for visibility and audience engagement. Leveraging their wide reach and devoted followers, they can introduce new sounds to vast audiences instantly. Collaborating with the right influencer can transform an underground track into a viral sensation, making social savviness not just an asset but a necessity for artists looking to break through the noise.

Understanding the nuances of each social platform is critical in identifying which influencer can best amplify your music. Tailoring your approach to resonate with the influencer’s audience while staying true to your artistic identity requires a delicate balance. This synergy between artist and influencer not only enhances exposure but also fosters a sense of community and loyalty among fans, paving the way for sustainable success in a constantly evolving music landscape.

The Art of Selection: Choosing the Right Partner

Selecting the right influencer for your music career is about aligning your sonic vision with their audience, ensuring the partnership truly resonates. This strategic alignment is crucial in Latin America, where musical preferences are diverse, and cultural nuances matter. The key lies in understanding the influencer’s impact and how it can elevate your presence, making the right match an essential step in leveraging the power of ‘under the influencer’ dynamics to propel your career to new heights.

Exclusive Content Creation: Engage Your Audience Differently

In the realm of music partnerships, producing content that stands out becomes crucial. Crafting tracks or videos that showcase both artists in a unique light not only captivates existing fans but also attracts new ones. This approach transforms a simple collaboration into a dynamic experience, offering a fresh perspective on both talents involved.

Moreover, leveraging different platforms for diverse content formats—such as behind-the-scenes footage on Instagram, acoustic versions on YouTube, or live Q&As on Twitter—enhances fan engagement. These strategies not only elevate the music but also foster a deeper connection between artists and their audience, making every release an event in its own right.

Behind-the-scenes: Building Authentic Connections with Fans

Peeling back the curtain and sharing the creative journey invites fans into the artist’s world, fostering a deeper connection and loyalty. These candid glimpses not just humanize artists but transform followers into a passionate community, eagerly awaiting every release and celebrating milestones together.

Analyzing Success: Metrics That Matter in Collaborations

In the dynamic realm of music collaborations, evaluating the success of partnerships hinges on analyzing key metrics. Engaging with data such as stream counts, social media engagement rates, and audience growth allows artists and influencers to gauge the effectiveness of their collaboration. However, beyond these quantitative measures, the qualitative impact on an artist’s brand identity and fanbase loyalty plays a crucial role. Understanding these metrics empowers artists to refine their strategies, ensuring each partnership not only captivates audiences but also contributes substantially to their artistic evolution and market position. This analytical approach transforms collaborations from mere experiments into powerful catalysts for career advancement.

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As you lay out by the pool, the beach, Central Park or on the sidelines of a parade, T2C offers you music to celebrate and get you in the mood.

 

 

 

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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