PLAYBILL.COM: A music video from Kragtar: An American Monster Musical has been released ahead of the show’s August 12 concert presentation at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Produced by John Albert Harris, the video features Michael Campayno (Wicked, The Cher Show) as Harry, the “Sexiest Man in Science,” and Philippe Arroyo (Aladdin national tour) as Henry, a closeted Sunday school teacher. The musical, developed in 2014, has a score by Kyle Wilson and a book by Sam French and Wilson.
Based on the celebrated novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, Nevada Lozano’s musical adaptation of Ramona tells the story of an orphan girl growing up on a Mexican hacienda in Southern California in the 1850s. She falls in love with a Native American ranchero, and together they journey across the new U.S. state in search of her true identity. With a blend of American, Native American and Mexican musical styles, Ramona is an epic love story set during one of the most violent, tumultuous points in American history.
A new play-concert by Emily Gardner Xu Hall. Inspired by the Japanese phenomenon of maid cafés, you become the customer as Etsuko and her fellow maids perform their superfun electronica pop just for you — about sex and youthfulness, consent and the performance of female sexuality. You be the male gaze, and we will be your beautiful dream. Welcome home!
Going South sheds a light on North Carolina’s legal system by focusing on four cases tried on the same docket. The cases—Custody, Cake, Co-Eds, and Coco—examine divorce, discrimination, campus rape, and transgender issues, respectively. These stories are linked together by Bob Jones, a smarmy and charismatic Southern lawyer. Told alternately in the courtroom and in flashback, the musical challenges the political, social, and societal constructs of today’s American South.
7S: Seven Songwriters is a concert series that showcases composers and songwriters of cross-genre: pop, jazz, musical theater, classical art song, rock, experimental—multidisciplinary musicians whose work in-between genres defies definition or any one label. These are melodies in search of an ear, hidden gems slipped through the crack; new poetry, words, and lyrics set for the voice.
Celebrate dance and the human experience with us for our 2nd annual June Dance Showcase! “Split” explores the extremes of human experience. The dancers in each piece embody human life at its most vulnerable, or it's most vivacious. Featuring NYC pianist John Albert Harris.