“BRINGING THE BEST OF NEW MUSICAL THEATER TO L.A., ONE SONG AT A TIME” –LA WEEKLY
On Monday, June 27th at 8:30pm, A LITTLE NEW MUSIC returned to LA with its first concert at the historic Catalina Bar & Grill in the heart of Hollywood, its twelfth collaboration with emerging musical theater creators and performers from near and far.
Among the writers featured were Adam Overett (Lortel nominee WE THE PEOPLE: AMERICA ROCKS), Natalie Lovejoy (DEPLOYED), Andrew Gerle (MEET JOHN DOE), Amy Engelhardt (The Bobs, BASTARD JONES) & James Beaton (MAD SCIENTISTS), Katya Stanislavskaya (RESIDENT ALIEN), Blaskie & Hagopian (ASSISTANTS THE MUSICAL), Rob Rokicki (THE LIGHTNING THIEF), Wesley King, and more.
The talented cast of performers included “MADtv” star Nicole Parker (B’way: Elphaba in WICKED, off B’way and LA: THESE PAPER BULLETS), Rhett George (B’way: MEMPHIS, THE LITTLE MERMAID), Emma Hunton (B’way: SPRING AWAKENING, Elphaba in Nat’l Tour WICKED), Nina Herzog (THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL), Matt Magnusson (BREAKING THROUGH at Pasadena Playhouse), Rena Strober (B’way: LES MIS, STONEFACE at Pasadena Playhouse), Jennifer Sun Bell (“My Super Psycho Sweet 16”), Cooper Howell (RENT at La Mirada), and Jordan Goodsell (ADDAMS FAMILY at 3-D Theatricals), with Jonathan Brett, Rachel Burcham, and Cy Creamer.
The concert also featured several guest appearances: cast members Troy Iwata (THE LIGHTNING THIEF Nat’l Tour) and newcomer Sittichai Chaiyahat from the world premiere of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR, by Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne, recently presented at San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre. Plus, writing duo Brian Graden & Ben Boquist return to ALNM to debut two songs from their new album, and the original recording cast of new musical SWAN LAKE, by Peter Siebert & Patrick Lundquist, added to this special evening. Finally, a sneak peek from the cast of ORANGE IS THE NEW MUSICAL (the unauthorized parody), by Veronica Vasquez & Jared Goode, opening 7/1 at the Whitefire Theatre.
Comedian, actress, and writer Chris Farah (“Superstore,” “Modern Family,” “Chelsea Lately,” solo show/cult character FANCY!) hosted the evening alongside the ALNM band and resident musical director Bryan Blaskie.
ABOUT THE CONCERT SERIES
A LITTLE NEW MUSIC is the best hour of new and unheard musical theatre material in LA. Whether a premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, its mission is to showcase talent with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse of the musical theatre scene.
Since 2013, A Little New Music has introduced an impressive array of over 150 songs by established and emerging composers alike, including Tony nominees Pasek & Paul (A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL), Miller & Tysen (TUCK EVERLASTING), Ryan Scott Oliver (35MM), Carmel Dean, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Carner & Gregor (ISLAND SONG), Milburn & Vigoda, Adam Gwon (ORDINARY DAYS), Joe Iconis (THE BLACK SUITS), Drew Fornarola (CLAUDIO QUEST), Zoe Sarnak, Erik Przytulski, Michael Finke, Rollins & Levine, Gregory Nabours, and many more.
Songs have been presented by stars of the stage and screen including Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (THE SECRET GARDEN), Tony Award winning writer Jeff Marx (AVENUE Q), John Tartaglia (AVENUE Q, SHREK The Musical), Kevin Chamberlin (SEUSSICAL, DISASTER THE MUSICAL) Shoshana Bean (WICKED); Eric Petersen (PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, ELF, and “Kirstie”), Barrett Foa (25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, “NCIS: LA”), Nicole Parker (WICKED, “MADtv”), and Michael A. Shepperd (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS).
All programming subject to change based on performer availability.
A Little New Music is a project of New Musicals, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.