Morgan Billings, Jason Gotay, Elizabeth Stanley and More Set for Directory of Contemporary Theatre Writers' THE CONCERT, 1/21
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by BWW News Desk
David Sisco (Founder/Creator) and Lorene Phillips (Contributing Editor) will officially launch their now acclaimed DIRECTORY OF Contemporary Theatre WRITERS website with a musical event of remarkable proportions, on Monday, January 21 at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43 Street - between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).
Appropriately entitled THE CONCERT, the event will highlight 19 songs by 26 of THE DIRECTORY'S writers, whose work will be sung by Broadway's most esteemed musical artists. The lineup has just been announced:
Jeff Blumenkrantz (A Class Act, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Into The Woods, Damn Yankees) will sing his own "Hold My Hand."
Harry Bouvy (Silence! The Musical, A Wonderful Life) will sing "Please, Belize" by Nadav Wiesel.
ROBIN DE JESÚS ( La Cage aux Folles, In The Heights, Rent) will sing "I'm Just Glad" by David Gaines and Charlie Sohne.
Kenita Miller (Xanadu, The Color Purple) will sing "I Don't Think of You (It's All Good)" by Daniel Maté.
Sam Tedaldi (The Lovely Bones, Standardized Testing) will sing "I'm Sitting Next to Estella" by Sam Willmont.
SONGS BY: Brad Alexander, Adam Mathias, Will Aronson, Bill Nelson, Jeff Blumenkrantz, John Bucchino, Patrick Cook, Frederick Freyer, Anna Dagmar, David Gaines, Charlie Sohne, Jenny Giering, Tom Gualtieri, David Sisco, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond, Daniel Maté, Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen, Peter Mills, Adam Overett, Rachel Peters, Nadav Wiesel, Sam Willmott, Michael Wartofsky and Barry Wyner.
Seth Rudetsky will host THE CONCERT. Laura Josepher will direct THE CONCERT. Matt Castle will serve as Musical Director. THE CONCERT'S orchestra will proudly include a Baby Grand by Steinway & Sons' Concert & Artist Department.
A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the Dramatists Guild Fund, the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. The funds will support DGF's mission to aid and nurture writers for the theater.
THE DIRECTORY OF Contemporary Theatre WRITERS is a first. It is an exhaustive resource for anyone interested in our current musical theatre's vast wealth of contemporary composers and lyricists. Vetted by respected veterans, vocal coaches, music professors and teachers, the DIRECTORY offers direct access to 150 composers and lyricists whose mostly unpublished or self-published songs are an incalculable treasure of opportunity for theatre professionals, voice teachers, students and anyone auditioning for a Broadway show who are interested in presenting themselves with a song written exactly for their needs. The DIRECTORY'S 150 writers have, to date, contributed over 360 songs that are catalogued into 25 different categories from light soprano, high belt, and dramatic up-tempo to pop/rock ballad, story song and comedic funk. This is a BANK OF CREATIVITY that will push the AUDITION PROCESS into the next millennium.
For a long time, Mr. Sisco and Ms. Phillips had been frustrated by the lack of published contemporary musical theatre songs available to them as voice teachers. If it wasn't yet on Broadway, it almost never got published. Living in New York, they knew there was so much more out there. For the past seven years, David has been a member of the prestigious BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he's been witness to some of the best new writers and songs. David brought the idea to Lorene: what if they created a directory of writers and songs to help other teachers find good material and get writers paid for their work? That question led to the development of THE DIRECTORY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS. They began creating a database and interactive web platform, which currently holds over 150 writers and 360 songs (all searchable by voice and song type). Each page of the DIRECTORY features a writer or writing team's head shot, bio, contact information and five of their best songs with links to listen/view the songs and information on how to purchase them directly from the writers. The DIRECTORY was first presented as a poster paper at the 2012 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Convention in Orlando. It was wildly and enthusiastically received. The online DIRECTORY holds a host of other information beyond its ever-growing database such as range, tessitura and accompaniment difficulty. Keep track of what writers are up to by visiting the DIRECTORY'S regularly updated NEWS FEED and subscribing to writer's SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES.
An Annual Subscription to THE DIRECTORY OF Contemporary Theatre WRITERS costs $49.95. All songs are sold directly by the writers themselves. The DIRECTORY does not take a penny from the writer's sales. This is an unparalleled model of publishing, especially in the wake of COLONY and other sheet music stores closing.
For more information, visit www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com.