NEW VOICES, the professional musical theatre writers group at MTC, presents songs and scenes from new musicals in development. PAGE TO STAGE will introduce these writers and their musicals, offering a window into the creative process.
eaturing songs and scenes from these new musicals . . .
LOVE ON ICE, a cryogenic love story Music by Jeffrey Lodin Book & Lyrics by Bill Nabel & William Squier
ODETTE/ODILE Music by Randy Klein Book & Lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin
ONEIDA Music by Lizzie Hagstedt Book & Lyrics by Beth Blatt
TRIGGER Music by Byron Au Yong Libretto by Aaron Jafferis
(Read more about these musicals below.)
Beth Blatt, Miche Braden, Erin Wegner Brooks, Paul Carlin, Christopher DeRosa,
Aaron Jafferis, Jeffrey Lodin, Carissa Massaro, Bill Nabel, Levi Squier, William Squier, Becky Timms
Featuring songs and scenes from these new musicals . . .
LOVE ON ICE, a cryogenic love story
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Book & Lyrics by Bill Nabel & William Squier
Can a couple find love at minus two hundred and seventy degrees?
In addition to Music Theater of Connecticut, Love on Ice has been developed in residency at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s The PiTCH and concert readings at John Forslund's N.E.W. Musicals in NYC. It is one of six new works selected as finalists for the Musikalisches Unterhaltungs Theater Autorenwettbewerbs 2016 (trans.: Musical Entertainment Theater Author Contest 2016) in Munich, Germany this coming July.
Music by Randy Klein
Book & Lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin
A reimagining of "Swan Lake," set in a 1932 New Orleans speakeasy.
Odette/Odile is a new musical that re-imagines the story from the Swan Lake ballet, with music by Randy Klein and book and lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin. It is set in The Black Swan, a speakeasy in New Orleans in 1932 in the world of jazz, corruption and Prohibition. Odette/Odile is making its debut at Music Theatre of Connecticut in the Page to Stage event on June 20 with an excerpt of the show being performed by Miche Braden as the voodoo priestess and proprietress of The Black Swan, and Christopher DeRosa as Shep Chandler, a rich-boy journalist who falls in love with the lead singer of The Black Swan's all-girl, mixed-race band.
Music by Lizzie Hagstedt
Book & Lyrics by Beth Blatt
Free love and silverware in the radical 1800s Oneida community.
Oneida began as a commission for the Village Theatre (near Seattle). The show won a NAMT grant, was developed at Running Deer and Dartmouth College residencies, and has had readings at the Festival of New Musicals (Village Theatre), Vox Theatre Festival (Hanover, NH), the Musical Theatre Factory and the New School (NYC).
Oneida is inspired by the Oneida Community, a Bible communist, Utopian association which was front-page news for 30 years in the mid 1800’s for their radical practices - they coined the term "free love" - but now all the name conjures up for most people is the silverware.
Music by Byron Au Yong
Libretto by Aaron Jafferis
An oratorio about coming of age in an age of guns.
Trigger is a commission of the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, and has been developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, Weston Playhouse, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and Westminster Choir College.