Jenna Gillespie and BGV

Jenna Gillespie with ensemble singers Elizabeth Adabale, Domonique Kent, and Justyn Malik; Khris-Raymond Kempis on bass, Emily Rosenfield on guitar

After a sold-out night in July, A Little New Music returned to The Wallis to share the latest and greatest musical theatre songs on the scene. During the holiday season, the struggle might be real, but the music is magic. Patrons joined us for a sprinkling of Broadway to spike their eggnog.

Co-hosted by L.A. theatre dynamos Tom DeTrinis (COMMUNITY, Center Theater Group/Celebration Theatre’s DIE MOMMIE DIE) and Brooke Seguin (USA Network’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR, HOLLYWOOD PARTY), who are the creators of the critically acclaimed and wildly fun 30 Minute Musicals. Guest music director Jan Roper (CITY OF LIGHT) was back at the keys, alongside the A Little New Music band.

The writing teams featured were: Eli Bolin (FOUND) & Mike Pettry (THE PIRATE PRINCESS), Zachary Bernstein (DISASTEROID!), Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary (THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD), Billy Recce (BALLOON BOY: THE MUSICAL), Tia DeShazor & Andy Roninson (TAKE A TEN Podcast), Jessica Fleitman & Rick Bassett (2018 BMI Harrington Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater), Douglas Lyons & Ethan Pakchar (POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL), Kathleen Wrinn & Jonathan Fadner (THE MONKEY KING), Janine McGuire & Arri Simon (BORDERS), Max Kasler & Gwen Wilkie (WOVEN STORIES), and Khiyon Hursey (EASTBOUND).

Performers included: A.J. Mendoza (La Mirada’s AMERICAN IDIOT), Ayme Olivo (MAMMA MIA National Tour), Bella Hicks (Reprise 2.0’s SWEET CHARITY), Jenna Gillespie (BAZ VEGAS), Laura Nicole Harrison (EMOJILAND), Khiyon Hursey, Kim Dalton (CLAUDIO QUEST), Kristina Meyering (LA’s Next Great Stage Star), Kristina Miller (Musical Theatre West’s BIG FISH), Alli Miller (SHAKESLESQUE), Michael Shaw Fisher (SKULLDUGGERY), Andrew Joseph Perez (IN THE HEIGHTS at Musical Theatre West), Rena Strober (B’way: LES MIS), and Steve Mazurek (FOR THE RECORD); plus Bralyn Medlock, Elizabeth Adabale, Dominique Kent, and Justyn Burney.

Song video is forthcoming. In the meantime, subscribe to A Little New Music on Youtube and enjoy our library of songs from past concerts!