- a composer longing for lyrics?
- a lyricist looking for a composer?
- a singer searching for new songs?
This summer, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts wants to help you find your artistic soul mate and bring beautiful new musicals into the world!
Every two weeks, we will post a prompt from a musical theater professional. Responses to the prompt and to the work of others can be posted as comments to the prompt on this blog. Post either lyrics OR music in direct response to the prompt, or else write music for lyrics or lyrics for music as a "reply" to another "comment." If you are a performer, find a song you like and perform it on YouTube! [More details...]
At the end of the project, some of the songs may be performed in a concert on the stage at the Bruno Walter stage at Lincoln Center (where they announce the Tony Award Nominations!).
Now, start collaborating. To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, "You have always belonged together...give us more to see!"
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Ho Chi Minh, a busboy at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1919, has applied for credentials to represent the Vietnamese people at the Paris Peace Conference. Waiting in an antechamber at Versailles, he rehearses how best to present himself before the committee which will rule on his request.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner's new musical, First Date, is currently in previews at the Longacre Theater on Broadway where it will open on August 8. They are also working on a musical version of the film, Secondhand Lions, scheduled to open at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater in September.After Trevor and Sara meet in a bar and have an ensuing night of passion, the two uncomfortably sing a "morning after" duet, having just realized that they are… related.
Friday, July 12, 2013
In the meantime, our third prompt comes to us from Joshua Schmidt:
George debates the pros and cons of his brand new surgically attached third arm.
Joshua Schmidt is a composer and sound designer whose off-Broadway musical adaptations of The Adding Machine and Candida (retitled A Minister's Wife) are two of the most exciting and challenging scores to have been performed in New York this century. Schmidt is reportedly working with Disney on an adaptation of the movie, Father of the Bride.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Our second challenge comes to us from actor and composer/lyricist Nick Blaemire:
Write the "I want" song for Kim Kardashian's dastardly world takeover musical.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
"Standing in the kitchen of their loft in Williamsburg, Annie tells her husband Neil that she's realized that she's a lesbian."
Jason Robert Brown is the composer and lyricist of many popular musicals including 13, The Last Five Years, Parade, and Songs for a New World. His new works, The Bridges of Madison County and Honeymoon in Vegas will open out-of-town later this year. Visit www.jasonrobertbrown.com for more information.