January 8, 2017: A house concert for a just cause, and penguins fly... just cause

When the rest of the country is burning, where do you go but... the Bronx?

My dear friend and frequent collaborator, Alex de Suze, hostess of the (on hiatus) Uptown Cabaret, is opening her Belmont home for a performance to benefit organizations doing important work in our new political climate. I'll be doing a half-hour set of cabaret songs, alongside the wickedly funny, guitar-wielding Megan Sass.

The show is Saturday, January 28, at 7:00 pm.
Minimum donation is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Emily's List and the ACLU. Space is extremely limited, so if you'd like to come, RSVP to me or directly to Alex, and we'll confirm with the address.

Next, Vital Theatre Company is bringing Flight School back to its old home on the Upper West Side!

The New York Times called this musical about a penguin who wants to fly "a charming adaptation that supports Penguin's dreams while not ignoring the basic laws of aerodynamics... Simple and straightforward enough to be understood by a 3-year-old, but engaging enough to amuse a parent... The production's biggest boon, however, may be its score."

The new production runs February 4 - May 28, on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am.
The Theatre at Blessed Sacrament is at 152 West 71st Street, just east of Broadway. For more information and tickets, visit Vital Theatre Company.

In other Flight School news, Vital is sending the show out on tour this spring. The schedule hasn't been announced yet, but if you're not in New York, watch for an upcoming performance near you!

Finally, David and I have added selections from Flight School to the sheet music store at JoshuaHCohen.com. Check it out, and if you don't see your favorite song there (Flight School or otherwise), just ask!


September 18, 2016: In the Works

Next week marks my return to The Duplex -- once again performing my own material, but this time in the company of an amazing slate of songwriters. I'll be trying out new endings, new instruments, a new(ish) song, and a couple of other surprises.

Honeck-Moss Productions, in association with The Duplex Development Stage is proud to present "In The Works." This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works will be presented monthly and feature four composers or composer teams, each presenting about 15 minutes of new material. The first presentation will feature the works of composers Joshua H. Cohen and Eric Sorrels, and composing teams Amanda Yesnowitz & Doug Katsaros, and David Christensen, Kellen Blair, & Sarah Ziegler.

IN THE WORKS
The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar
61 Christopher Street, NYC
Sunday, September 25, 7:00 pm

Buy tickets here

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre

I have a friends-only discount for $5 tickets... but letsfaceit, if you're on this website, you're probably a friend, so email me for the code.


June 12, 2016: With apologies to Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen

I'd rather be 10% like everybody's favorite thing than 100% like "My Favorite Things"... or something.

"Tamar of the River is simultaneously about as far away as you can get from Hamilton and as far away as you can get from traditional musical theater, which makes it Hamilton's diametrically opposed twin -- it's similarly ambitious and atypical, with a similarly unique take on the power of myth and history... The preservation of its cast album will hopefully lead to a well-deserved cult following." – Aja Romano, Constance Grady, and Todd VanDerWerff, "7 musicals to listen to if you like Hamilton," Vox.com

And it's a hell of a list to be on. Check it out.


December 23, 2015: Flight School and True Story go digital

Flight School continues to flip, flap, and go up, up, up!

We've released the original off-Broadway cast recording! We had a terrific (long) day in Yellow Sound Label's studio, and the album is now yours to buy. For more information and links to buy the album on iTunes or Amazon, visit our Store.

The production is also coming back, both for a small tour in New Jersey, and back where it all started at the McGinn-Cazale Theater on Broadway at 76th Street. Visit Vital Theatre Company for tickets and more information.

Finally, the performance of True Story at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre was a huge success last month -- and now the entire show is available to watch online! Don't miss the performances of this amazing cast. Watch now!


September 27, 2015: Rated G, Rated R

After a busy year of focusing on parenthood and an exciting but challenging day job, I am back in the writing game!

I wrote the lyrics for a children's musical, Flight School about a penguin who wants to learn to fly. Not only is it my first full-scale collaboration with composer and longtime friend David Mallamud, not only is it my first commission with Vital Theatre Company -- but it was also little Mimi's first stage show! As you can see in the picture, she brought a friend to explain to her the finer points of penguinhood. They both sat rapt through the show. It's nice to please one's most demanding critic. If you'd like to see what the fuss is about, visit Flight School Live through October 31.

And for the grown-ups, My Mom is a Sex Therapist returns for one night only, by special invitation from Emerging Artists Theatre Company, as part of their Best of EATFest series. October 15, 9:00. Ticketing information coming soon.


August 30, 2014: Tamar album release party!

It's official: the World Premiere Recording of Tamar of the River is mixed, mastered, and ready to be released from Yellow Sound Label on September 23! The date is auspicious: a year (more or less) from our first off-Broadway performance, and on (or about) the International Day of Peace. In celebration, please come join us on the evening before for a reunion concert and release party!

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8pm
Musical Theater Factory
250 West 40th Street, 4th Floor
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Seeds of Peace (recently in the New York Times).
Reservations are $20, $35 for one seat and a signed album, or $50 for one reservation and 3 signed albums, and can be purchased at MusicalTheaterFactory.org.

Once again, the cast is headlined by the Drama Desk-nominated Margo Seibert (most recently Adrian in Rocky on Broadway), and features members of the original Prospect Theater Company cast including Ako, Erik Lochtefeld, Vince B. Vincent, Jen Anaya, Adam Bashian, Margot Bassett, Troy Burton, Tamrin Goldberg, Aaron Komo, and Mary Kate Morrissey. In the spirit of a true reunion, we also welcome back old Tamar friends like Jake Odmark from the first Signature Theater workshop (most recently of Broadway’s Spider-Man and Kinky Boots) and Jessica Grové from New York Theatre Barn and Choral Chamleon’s Oratorio version (also of Broadway’s Sunday in the Park With George and A Little Night Music, and a cabaret favorite of mine).

Check out the full press release on Broadway World.

Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or financial success. More information can be found at www.MusicalTheatreFactory.org

Seeds of Peace inspires and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace. Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our International Camp in Maine. We build on their extra-ordinary and critical relationships and understanding through year-round local programs that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace. There are now over 5,000 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future. For more information, see www.seedsofpeace.org.

Here is a video of Margo Seibert talking about the recording, including a sneak preview of her awe-inspiring performance.

And of course, you can buy the album on Amazon.

This album has been a long time in the making, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Please join us!


April 25, 2014: Drama Desk nominations for Tamar

Closed for half a year, and the good news for Tamar of the River still keeps coming.

Two of the brilliant artists who brought our show to life have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards! In a field crowded with Broadway and institutional off-Broadway entrants, this is a huge achivement. Congratulations to Margo Seibert (Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and Brian Tovar (Outstanding Lighting Design). Check out the full list of nominees here.


March 30, 2014: Major and minor announcements

First the big news: Tomorrow, we go into the recording studio to make the world premiere recording of Tamar of the River! We've reconvened the band and most of the cast from Prospect's production, including the newly-minted Broadway start Margo Seibert as Tamar, and we're recording a concept-album format of all of the music from the show. It will be released this summer from Yellow Sound Label, available on CD or iTunes. Further release information to come as is becomes available. Stay tuned!

A round-up of this year's other events, so far:

Finally, for your enjoyment and convenience, I've started a new Youtube channel, compiling the many perfromances of "The Sacrifice of Love". If you can't get enough of "the waxing song," here's your one-stop shopping. (I may soon have enough for an "Apocalypse" channel, too.)


November 2, 2013: Fall

Please forgive the lack of updates since August. Things have been just a wee bit busy around here. Some highlights:

Finally, in honor of fall, enjoy this song from City Upside Down, music by Lavell Blackwell, performed by Kathleen Stuart.


August 27, 2013: A mile below the earth

I am writing to you from deep underground at Baruch Performing Arts Center, where we are having our first day of rehearsals for Tamar of the River! I am so amazed by this extraordinary group of people gathered together to bring this show to life. Right now, they are learning the Traveling Music, and it sounds lovely.

Many thanks to everybody who donated to the fundraising campaign! As of August 22, we are fully funded. The donation link remains live until September 20, and any additional donations we receive will go directly in to the show’s production budget. Tickets for the full run are available here.

Also, the wonderful folks at Active Theater Company have announced my full-length play Sam I Am for their 2013-14 development season! This expansion of my twice-produced one-act play stretches the kind of theater I usually write, and I can't wait to develop this new voice with Nathaniel Shaw, Sarah Shahanian, and all the wonderful folks at Active.

Check out the Broadway World article.


July 23, 2013: The Thirteenth Commandment nominated for 7 NYIT Awards

Libra Theater Company’s production of The Thirteenth Commandment may have closed, but the great news keeps coming in. As announced yesterday evening at a swanky party at XL Night Club, the production has been nominated for seven (count ‘em, seven) New York Innovative Theater Awards. Considering we were eligible for thirteen, getting nominated in more than 50% of the possible categories is a damn impressive record.

The NYIT Awards are the most prestigious awards program around dedicated exclusively to honoring the best of Off-Off-Broadway. See the complete list of nominees, including my friend and collaborator Joe Barros. The Thirteenth Commandment was nominated for:

Outstanding Set Design – Andy Yanni
Outstanding Lighting Design – Carl Weimann
Outstanding Costume Design – Travis Boatright
Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role – Joe Fellman ("Phil")
Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role – Justin Danforth ("Tom")
Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role – Lauren Pennline ("Corey")
and...
Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play

Congratulations to the whole cast, creative team and crew for these honors, and see you all at the awards ceremony in September.


July 13, 2013: Take me to the river, drop me in the water

Man, I have been holding onto that Talking Heads reference for four years. Feels good to get it out of my system.

Why now? Because at long last, there is going to be a full production of my and Marisa Michelson's musical magnum opus Tamar of the River. Prospect Theater Company will produce it this fall as part of their subscription season, and I couldn't be more excited. (By the way, as of this writing you have one more week to catch their production of Carner and Gregor's Unlock'd, which I highly recommend.) Daniel Goldstein will direct Tamar, with choreography by Yin Mei. Margo Seibert will reprise her role as Tamar, a young woman dedicated to bringing peace to a war-torn land, with more casting to be announced soon.

It's all very official. The show has its own website and everything, with bios and synopses and a video where I wax philosophical about the show. So, check it out, and then donate to help make it all happen. Because, y'know, theater costs money. See you at Prospect this fall!


March 24, 2013: The Thirteenth Commandment on sale

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The Libra Theater Company production of The Thirteenth Commandment is now on sale! It runs April 18-May 5 at the Bridge Theatre on 54th Street. This is my first show to run long enough that I can't attend every performance, and that's a major step forward. Buy tickets here, and check out the amazing cast and creative team here.

Coming up sooner, a song I wrote about the organization Seeds of Peace, which runs programs for the next generation of leaders from war-torn areas, will premiere TOMORROW NIGHT. Broadway Serves will produce a beautiful concert of brand-new songs written by and for worthy charitable organizations, to raise money and awareness for those organizations. The concert is Monday, March 25, at Le Poisson Rouge.


January 13, 2013: BUY! BUY! BUY!

The Joshua H. Cohen Store is now LIVE! Your one-stop shopping for all your Josh sheet-music needs is ready for your purchase (including, of course, “Perfect” and “The Sacrifice of Love”), with secure payment processed through PayPal.

Right now, only the five songs featured on my writer’s page at The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theater Writers are available, but I plan to make further songs and plays available based on demand. So if there’s anything you’d like to see in the store, write me and let me know.

Check out the store here.


October 4, 2012: The Thirteenth Announcement

Libra Theater Company -- the wonderful people who brought you last year's production of The Entropy Songs -- have announced their 2012-13 season. And it includes the world-premiere production of my play The Thirteenth Commandment. You can read all about it on Broadway World. Director and cast will be announced in due course of time, but I'm super-excited to work with this fantastic company again, and to share a full production of a full-length play with New York.

Speaking of season announcements, Choral Chameleon, a fantastic professional chorus, will be teaming up this March with the ever-classy New York Theatre Barn on their concert "Wide Waters" -- which will include an act-length suite of music from Marisa Michelson's and my Larson-winning musical Tamar and the River. Marisa and I look forward to hearing the choral role of the River sung in full power by this amazing group, with a cast of principals to be announced.

Finally, I am (as always) at work on a new cabaret! Speaking For Myself, an expanded collection of my songs for women, will arrive at the Duplex on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm. Lisa Moss and Thomas Honeck are helping me put together a fantastic evening, and Rona Siddiqui is signed on to musical-direct. We're currently winnowing a list of 32 songs down to a trim 75-minute evening, but rest assured that it will contain both old favorties and a generous helping of specially-written new material. See you at the Duplex!


July 30, 2102: Residential life

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It's official: Next week I will be in residence at CAP21 as part of their prestigious Writers Residency. I will have access to a studio all my own, complete with piano, for a solid week of writing, writing, writing.

I will be starting initial work on a new musical with Maggie the Pirate bookwriter James Armstrong, titled The Lucky One, based on the play by A.A. Milne (not on the Zac Efron movie, thankyouverymuch) (we'll probably give the musical a new title). I first encountered the original play when Libra Theatre did a reading of it in their In the Balance series, and I fell in love with its emotional wallop combined with a sly subversion of how this sort of story usually goes.

When hapless Bob is indicted for financial fraud, his charmed and charming younger brother Gerald fails to come to his rescue -- and snatches up the girl Bob had his eye on into the bargain. It's perfectly obvious who the villain is here, right? Right?

We're moving the action from 1924 London and the English countryside to Manhattan and the Hamptons during the 2008 financial crisis. Perhaps best of all, it's possible we've found the only remaining work in the public domain by a name-brand writer that hasn't yet been turned into a musical.

My goal for the week is to develop a sound, perhaps a theme, for each of the main characters; and get at least a solid draft of character songs for Bob, Gerald, and their shared love interest; and outline an opening number. Ambitious? I have no idea. I haven't had a solid week to do nothing but write since I was unemployed in 2006. We will see how much the concentration muscles have atrophied. Wish me luck.


July 22, 2012: A quick write-up about a quick write-up

My short play, "The Adjective Noun of Character," received its premiere earlier this month at the Salem Theatre Company. The glowing review on North Shore Footlights made very nice mention of it. Go check it out!

That's it for now. I hope to have videos from "Companion Pieces" up soon.


May 31, 2012: Companion Pieces

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be the first-ever featured songwriter of The Uptown Cabaret, brought to you by No Name, way at the northern tip of Manhattan. Brand-new tunes walk hand-in-hand with old favorites from The Entropy Songs, Maggie the Pirate and The Mole. Appearances by friends from Libra Theatre Company's production of Entropy, from Tamar and the River, from the original production of "The Lovers," and from the founders of the Uptown Cabaret. And of course the indispensable Brooke Ferris will be there. It's also the very last chance to see me perform with Anne Glazer before she changes her name...

COMPANION PIECES: romances, duets, and songs that go together
by Joshua H. Cohen

additional material by
Lavell Blackwell
Sunny Dahlia Turner

featuring
Sarah Corey
Brooke Ferris
Jake Odmark
Jeff Raab

with special appearances by
Alex de Suze
Anne Glazer
Eric Vetter

and Cody Wymore on the piano

Thursday, June 21, 8:00 pm
Indian Road Café
600 West 218th Street

No cover charge, but Indian Road is a terrific restaurant and bar, so come hungry and dry.

Let's see, other items of interest:


April 4, 2012: Keeping good company (Get it? Company?)

It's not every day an emerging writer gets mentioned in the same breath as Stephen Sondheim.

Granted, in order for that to happen, you have to read this press release aloud very quickly. Because he's in the headline, and I'm in the middle of the list of other, less impressive writers. And, apparently, almost the only one who doesn't merit a hyperlink.

IT STILL COUNTS.

Okay, what is this about, you ask? Well, as you no doubt remember, Marisa Michelson and I wrote a lullaby for The Broadway Lullaby Project, a collection of new lullabies by major and not-so-major musical theater writers to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Young Survivor Coalition. If you read the list of writers involved, it is clearly a must-have for any contemporary musical theater fan (and if you're not, why are you on this website?).

The CD is due to release in May. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) learning and recording our song.


February 6, 2012: Come on along and listen to...

Marisa Michelson and I were honored to be asked to write a song for Over the Moon: the Broadway Lullaby Project, a compilation of custom-written songs by some of the best writers and singers in musical theater today. Our song was recorded by Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon). We couldn’t be more excited. And it’s all to raise money for cancer research and treatment, so what more could you want?

We're not mentioned in their press release, but given the number of amazing, fancy-schmancy people involved in this project, we're delighted just to be involved.

The CD and accompanying book will be released in early May. In the meantime, find out more at www.broadwaylullabyproject.com.


December 4, 2011: Autumn in New York

Anne tells me I should update this news section more often, and considering how much I have to cram into this update from this past fall, I suspect she's right.

No good pirate lets a hurricane stop the show. True to form, Hurricane Irene did not deter Maggie the Pirate from having an excellent workshop the weekend both ladies came to town. We finished our run of performances the following week. James and I learned a lot about the show, and we are hard at work on rewrites.

"The Lovers," the one-act musical I wrote with Marisa Michelson for Prospect Theatre Company in 2008, had two revivals this fall. The first, in the inaugural outing of the new Calliope Theatre Company, was unfortunately interrupted by the aforementioned Irene, but we hope to see more great things from that company. The second, with the Vineyard Playhouse, marked my return to Martha's Vineyard for the first time in two decades, and was absolutely lovely.

Lavell and I recorded a demo of The Mole, featuring most of the cast from the Emerging Artists reading this past spring. Two of the songs are currently available on my audio page.

Finally, a few upcoming to chances to hear various songs. A song from Tamar and the River will be performed tomorrow night in "Our Time," a showcase of songs from new musicals produced by Musically Human Theatre Productions, at my favorite NYC cabaret space, The Duplex. I will be performing a couple of old and new songs with the indispensible Brooke Ferris at New York Theatre Barn's holiday party at the D-Lounge on December 12. And I have become a semi-regular at the Uptown Cabaret, an open mic for singers and songwriters the third Thursday of every month at Indian Road Cafe at the northern tip of Manhattan. See you soon.


July 27, 2011: August: Cohen County

Three performances coming up next month that you don't want to miss:

Following Libra Theater's successful production of The Entropy Songs last month, they're putting up an evening of Midsummer Musicals on August 11. On the program (which includes my talented NYU colleagues Sophia Chapadjiev & Allison Leyton-Brown) is "The List," which I wrote for Raw Impressions with Sunny Dahlia Turner way back in mumble mumbe wumble. Jeff Raab (of Entropy and Post No Bills) will direct.

Also in the short-musical revival category: an exciting new company, Calliope Theatre Company, will include "The Lovers," the short musical I wrote with Marisa Michelson for Prospect Theater , in their very first outing, an evening of one-act plays. Official announcement coming soon.

Finally, the long-awaited New York workshop of Maggie the Pirate draws nigh! I just spent two weekends in intensive music rehearsals with the cast and music director Cody Wymore, and I couldn't be more excited to have everybody come see this show. Batten down the hatches, and mark your calendars to loot the 45th Street Theatre on August 25-28. Visit Momentum Rep for details.


April 20, 2011: It might as well be spring

It's shaping up into quite the busy season. In addition to the aforementioned Libra Theatre Company production of The Entropy Songs, and Momentum Rep's tantalizingly successful campaign to free Maggie the Pirate from her Kickstarter box prison in time for her August NYC debut, there's now two upcoming readings of never-before-seen projects:

The Thirteenth Commandment, my newest full-length play, will have its first-ever public reading at the historic Judson Church, as part of their Magic Time series.

A popular teacher, to teach critical thinking and provoke debate, tells his eleventh-graders that the Holocaust didn’t happen. When the press gets word, sharp battle lines are drawn in his small ski-resort town.

Confirmed cast members include some of the best actors I’ve had the pleasure of working with, such as Jennifer Dorr White (The Day the World Went QUEER!), Jennifer Laine Williams (Fun and Games) and Dee Beider (“Sam I Am”).

Wednesday, April 27th, doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 performance. Free wine!

And later in May, my newest musical with the ever-intrepid Lavell Blackwell will have its first-ever reading, at Emerging Artist Theatre's Spring 2011 EATFEst/Notes From a Page.

A liberal think tank recruits a stoner hippie chick to go undercover as a right-wing shock-jock pundit. Will she buy into her own hype, or will she retain her identity as... The Mole?

Friday, May 13, 8:30 pm, TADA Theatre, 15 W. 28th St. Full cast to be announced soon. Buy tickets here!


March 9, 2011: Larson Grant

This just in: Marisa Michelson and I won an American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant. Does this mean that Still Life With Toe Shoes and Tamar and the River will be coming soon to a theater near you? Time will tell.

It's a lovely acknowledgement of all the work we've put into our craft over the years, both together and separately. Congratulations to all the winners, especially fellow Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program alums Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen.


February 23, 2011: Entropical thunder

Libra Theater Company, the intrepid new company founded by the producers and cast of last year's successful "Post No Bills" concert, have announced their first mainstage production: the new and improved Entropy Songs.

All your old Joshua H. Cohen favorites (including "Perfect" and "Happy People"), plus some songs that haven't been heard in New York for 5 years, plus brand-new material. Cast and creative team to be announced, but I can promise that if you enjoyed "Post No Bills" (and who didn't?), you will not be disappointed. Mark your calendars for early May!


October 22, 2010: Small victories still count

I've been remiss in updating this section, so a few small victories, in reverse chronological order:

POST NO BILLS: The Songs of Joshua H. Cohen, directed by MK Lawson and performed by six recent NYU grads, is full of smart lyrics and engaging melodies. Songs about love and feelings hit the DNA of everyone, including old guys like me. Mating, dating-- in song. Cohen’s lyrics hit the brain as well-- they are cleverer than most of what I’ve heard in years, and it’s a real pleasure to experience smarts (and original melodies) of this level. Songs like "Everybody’s Perfect but Me" show Cohen to be a major talent. Someone should shape this great stuff into a show with a book and put it on Broadway.

Also, Nick Luckenbaugh and the other performers who were the brains and heart behind POST NO BILLS have expanded their operations to a theater company, called Libra Theater. Check them out!


August 11, 2010: Post No Bills

Six recent NYU grads sing a dozen of my songs. We'll be doing some emerging standards, some revisited old favorites, and a brand-new custom-written title number. We're calling the show “Post No Bills,” mostly to take advantage of the free advertising all over the city.

POST NO BILLS: the songs of Joshua H. Cohen
The Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd Street NYC NY 10036
7 PM Monday, August 30th 2010
$8 tickets, plus $15 food/drink minimum

Directed by MK Lawson
Music Directed by Shannon Collins
Produced by Nick Luckenbaugh

Featuring Maddy Clapps, James Erickson, Nick Luckenbaugh, Samantha Martin, Amanda Pupo-Mayo & Jeff Raab

For reservations, e-mail postnobills2010@gmail.com


July 1, 2010: Updating from the Ark

I'm writing this update from rehearsal for Tamar and the River, which I wrote with Marisa Michelson, and which is currently undergoing a luxurious three-week workshop at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Eight days to go, and we're continuing to make the show tighter, cleaner and clearer. Director Matthew Gardiner is staging currently in the Ark Theatre. Seeing this work on its feet with a cast of 12 extraordinary musician-actors is wonderful. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Performances will be July 9-10. If you're in the DC area, come check it out.


March 25, 2010: It's an honor just to be nominated

Yup, I'm a MAC Award nominee. Me and Liz Callaway. My song, The Sacrifice of Love, written for and based on the travails of the incomparable Brooke Ferris, has been nominated for Special Musical Material (i.e. comedy song). If I win, there will be an announcement here on May 5. If not, crickets will chirp.

Speargrove Presents

Also, I've contributed songs to two shows going up -- at the same exact time! Gosh, I'm popular.

First (in order that I got asked to write for them) is Speargrove Presents, a new musical based on actual events. In the tight-knit community of Speargrove, Texas where the high school musical is the event of the season, an impending production of Rent shakes the town to its core. Must the show go on? Monday, April 5, 2010, 8:00pm, Julia Miles Theatre (424 West 55th Street, NYC), party to follow.

Second: The Gay Ivy, a new musical theater piece created by Ethan Heard, Megan Stern and Thomas Dolan in response to the reaction to the similarly-titled article in the Yale Alumni magazine. (I'm not a Yale alum, but my collaborator, the phenomenal Julia Meinwald, is.) Monday, April 5, 7:30, Dixon Place, 161 Christie Street (between Rivington and Delancey).

Finally, my one-act Sam I Am, which was accepted into the 15-Minute Play Festival, has a director -- the wonderful Scott C. Embler (of Fun and Games) -- and a performance date (April 23). Cast to be announced imminently.

Tickets for all of the above are available at their respective links. Go buy.


February 1, 2010: More Sams than you can shake a stick at

It's been a busy start to 2010. The very latest news is that my one-act play, Sam I Am, will be produced in April at the American Globe on West 46th Street as part of their 15-minute play festival. Cast, director and exact dates to be announced soon. There's an audience-favorite prize, so be sure to check back here for performance information. I'll need your support!

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I'm also excited to have signed on to contribute a song to New York Theatre Barn's new collaborative musical, Speargrove Presents. In the tight-knit community of Speargrove, Texas where the high school musical is the event of the season, an impending production of Rent shakes the town to its core. Must the show go on? Lots of other incredibly talented people are contributing material to this show, including Sammy Buck and Dan Acquisto (Like You Like It), Sam Carner and Derek Gregor (Unlock'd), and Sam Willmott ("Scarlet Takes a Tumble"). You do not have to be named Sam to work on this show, but it helps. There will be a reading in February and a production in April. (NYTB presented my cabaret "So These Three Girls Walk in a Bar..." last August.)

I recently finished the first draft of a new play, The Thirteenth Commandment. A high school history teacher, in the interest of teaching critical thinking and presenting all sides of the issue, tells his class that the Holocaust didn't happen. I had a successful table reading on Saturday, featuring Joseph Barbarino, Dee Beider, Brooke Ferris, Reed Prescott, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Jennifer Dorr White and Jennifer Laine Williams. Rewrites come next, and then I start sending it out -- so look for it at a theater near you.

Marisa Michelson and I have finished the first act of our commission for the Signature Theatre, and we had a one-week workshop in January. We got to hear Marisa's beautiful choral music sung by a full cast, and discuss the direction of the show with some of Signature's artistic staff. We're now moving forward on writing Act II.

Finally, I'm going back into teaching. I'll be teaching a one-week playwriting workshop this summer at the creative writing program of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

Keep checking back in this space for more news of my writing exploits.