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RECOMMENDATION: GRACE McLEAN’S “IN THE GREEN”

7/29/19

Last night I went to Lincoln Center to see Grace McLean‘s thrilling musical, “In The Green.” I have been a fan of Grace’s for years, and she was my guest at a particularly wild SubCulture concert two years ago, so I’ve been excited to see this piece ever since Grace first mentioned it to me back then. To see it come to fruition now, in a really visceral production directed by Lee Sunday Evans and cast with five magnificently versatile and emotional singers, is a very special experience. The thing is, I don’t usually find much musical inspiration from theRead More »

A LOOK BACK AT “PARADE”

7/24/19

I started writing Parade twenty-five years ago, in 1994, and today I happened to be doing some work in my storage unit when I found a couple of really fun pieces of history from that show. This is my pencil draft for the lyrics of “Come Up To My Office.” The monologue at the top is what Alfred Uhry sent me initially to give me some lyric ideas, and you can see how I took little phrases of his and used them as punch lines in my version. You can also see the title we were using for the showRead More »

SETLIST: GHOSTLIGHT THEATRE, BENTON HARBOR MI 6/29/19

7/1/19

Paul Mow had a dream of building a theater in the newly-revitalized Arts District of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan, and as usual for Paul, he pushed and pushed and made it come true. I was lucky enough to be the main attraction at the Grand Opening Party for the wonderful new Ghostlight Theatre, joined by a whole passel of fantastic local talent (including Paul himself). It was a particular joy being able to sing “Invisible” on Pride Weekend with so many fabulous and spirited LGBTQ+ folks and allies. I loved being present at the birth of this gorgeous new space,Read More »

UPDATE ON THE UN-INVISIBLE GIRL

6/2/19

Three years ago, I got a call from Michael McElroy of Broadway Inspirational Voices, asking me if I would participate in an outreach that BIV was doing with the Ronald McDonald House. I said yes immediately, and was introduced to Josie, an eleven-year-old girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. My job was to write a song about Josie that the Broadway Inspirational Voices would perform at a special event in October 2016. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (or OI, as it is called in the medical community) is a disability which makes Josie’s bones weak and easily breakable. What was not so easily breakable wasRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/19/19: THE WAYNE BRADY DANCE PARTY

5/29/19

What is the recipe for a Wayne Brady? You need a pound of generosity and, like, a ton of charm, and then fourteen gallons of talent, open up a can of fearlessness, and sprinkle at least four bags of joy; stir all that together and bake it until it’s steaming hot, and then just let it ooze on out until you can feel the love bubbling up from the ground. I may have gotten the proportions wrong and missed some ingredients, but somebody should figure out all the specs because we need as much Wayne Brady in the world asRead More »

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