BWW TV: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Matt Doyle Sings Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's 'Last Week's Alcohol'
Today CEC is shining our spotlight on long-time writing partners Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk. Their song "Last Week's Alcohol" was performed by Matt Doyle, talented star of stage and screen, at our concert at the Canal Room. We are thrilled to share it with all of you on Broadwayworld!
"Last week's alcohol is based on a blog post from a project called "the freshman experiment." We had two bloggers document their lives in their first year of college, and we wrote songs based on their experiences. Many of the details in the lyrics are taken directly from the corresponding blog post. Musically, we wanted to write a long-form emo song that tells a complete story, and that captures a very specific feeling that we've both had at very specific house parties."
Kait Kerrigan (words) and Brian Lowdermilk (music) made their off-Broadway debut in 2006 with their adaptation of Henry and Mudge, still touring nationally. In 2011, they released their first album Our First Mistake, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Their new album, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live, documents a concert tour that resulted from their breakout $35K kickstarter campaign and released this spring. Other musicals include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Tales from the Bad Years, The Woman Upstairs, Wrong Number, The Freshman Experiment, Republic and Flash of Time. Their songs have been recorded and performed internationally and their musicals have been developed at the Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, La Jolla Playhouse, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, the Lark Playwrights Development Center, and Primary Stages. Together, they received the 2006 Larson Award, 2004-2005 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and have held residencies at the Orchard Project and the MacDowell Arts Colony.
Kerrigan received the 2009 Kleban Award for libretto-writing. As a playwright, she has written Disaster Relief (developed by Page 73), Imaginary Love (Hapgood Theatre 2011), Transit (Lark Playwrights Week 2010) and she is a member of Interstate 73. She teaches libretto writing at Primary Stages.
Lowdermilk composed music for The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog (with playwright Lauren Gunderson at the Kennedy Center 2011) and Red (with librettist Marcus Stevens), which received the Alan Menken Award and 2005 Richard Rodgers Award.
Both are alumni of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, co-founders of the digital sheet music company NewMusicalTheatre.com, and proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.
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