Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Where Are the New Composer/Lyricists?

Unlike 20 years ago, it seems to me, when everyone in the musical theater was terrified that there was no new talent out there, I think there's a great deal of talent -- as well as interest -- out there today. Just ask the New York Musical Theatre Festival peeps, for example. Even so, some information on this showcase came across the transom today and I felt it would be useful to promote it. Let me know if anyone goes!

Kef Productions Announces Lineup for
Artists Rising
Composer/Lyricist Showcase

Kef productions is thrilled to announce the lineup of composers, lyricists and performers whose work will be presented in ARTISTS RISING on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th (both shows at 8:00 PM) in the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $18.00 and available at

The composers and lyricists include Brad Alexander (See Rock City), Janet Allard, David H. Bell (Hot Mikado), Rob Broadhurst, Nathan Christensen, Julianne Wick Davis, Carmel Dean (…Spelling Bee vocal arrange.), Jeremy Desmon, Ed Dixon (Sunday in the Park with George, The Grinch as performer), Kyle Ewalt, Vadim Feichtner (…Spelling Bee MD), Kevin Fisher, Anna K. Jacobs, Rachel Jett, Steven Lutvak (Kleban Award for Lyric Writing; Fred Ebb Award for Songwriting), Adam Mathias (See Rock City), Dianne Adams McDowell (Starmites vocal arrange.), Scott Murphy, Matte O'Brien, Mac Rogers, Todd Schroeder, Niko Tsakalakos, Matt Vinson, Michael Walker, Jordana Williams and Sean Williams.

ARTISTS RISING will be directed by Adam Fitzgerald with music direction by Michael Pesce. Eddie Rabon will host the evening with Matt Vinson at the piano.

The current line up of performers includes Tracy Bersley, Justin Brill (High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Rent ), Kristy Cates (Wicked), Alexis Fishman (Shout!), Demond Green (The Wiz, La Jolla), David Gurland, Simotra Houston, Rob Maitner (Best of Fringe award for Poor Superman), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia! Nat’l tour), Michael Pesce, Niko Tsakalkos, Michael-August Turley, Sally Wilfert (Assassins) and Cassie Wooley.

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