Dramatists Guild of America to Launch 'Behind the Music-al' Conservatory 10/8 with MUTUBE
For the first DG Conservatory event of the fall, the Dramatists Guild is thrilled to team up with the writers who created Behind the Music-al, Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Dramatists Guild's New York office, in the Frederick Loewe Room, 1501 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Suite 710. This free seminar is opening a limited number of seats to the public and reservations are required.
Originally presented at 92YTribeca, Behind the Music-al is an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the next generation of musical theater composers. Special guests discuss how songwriting teams collaborate, showcase exclusive songs performed by some of Broadway's hottest young stars and dish about the back-story on your favorite musical numbers. Using a particular theme for each presentation, Behind the Music-al lets you in on the process of putting together tomorrow's next big hit. The theme for the October 8 session is MuTube - the Role of New Media in Contemporary Musical Theater.
How have video and music sharing sites like YouTube and SoundCloud changed the landscape of developing new musicals? How are contemporary writers using new media to their advantage? Is social networking a required piece of developing a new show? Can it replace traditional avenues for getting a show to production? Has the YouTube-ification of musical theater hurt the development process? Join Dramatists Guild Council member Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven) as he moderates a concert and conversation exploring how emerging composers Joey Contreras, Zack Zadek, and Ewalt & Walker see the role of the Internet as a positive/negative influence on their work.
For reservations, e-mail email@example.com. To enter the building at 1501 Broadway, you will need to present photo ID. For further information, please contact Tari Stratton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 398-9366, ext. 20.
If you are unable to attend this exciting event in person, Behind the Music-al will also be Livestreamed. Tune in to watch LIVE. Visit: Livestream.com/NewPlay, and send any questions via Twitter at #newplay.
Participants bios: Michael Korie (moderator): Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons, Broadway, OCC Award); Finding Neverland (Curve Theatre, England); The Grapes of Wrath (Minnesota Opera, Carnegie Hall, L.A. Walt Disney Concert Hall), Harvey Milk (San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, NYCO); Doctor Zhivago (Lyric Theatre, Sydney, upcoming NY); Happiness (LCT); Doll (Ravinia Festival, Chicago); Hopper's Wife (Long Beach California Opera); Kabbalah (BAM Next Wave Festival); Where's Dick? (Houston) and Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). Korie serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, moderates the Guild's Fellows Program and teaches lyric writing at Yale. Awards include the Edward Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.
Joey Contreras is a musical pop songwriter in the New York scene. His musicals include All The Kids Are Doing It (book/lyrics: Kate Thomas), which just received a workshop production at The Provincetown Theatre with The Steinhardt School at NYU; and the song-cycle, This Thing Called Love. In addition to being featured on Seth Rudetsky's SiriusXM Broadway show with Doug and Jenn Smith, and in "Cutting Edge Composers" with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joey's original compositions and arrangements have been featured in NYC venues including Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Laurie Beechman Theater, The Duplex and multiple Broadway in South Africa galas at the Manhattan Center. Internationally, performances of his music have stretched as far as Australia, Germany, South Korea and the UK. His first album, "Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras" features performances by exciting Broadway talent and is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com. He is also the creator of the exclusive Playbill.com series, Hot Off The Ivories - a platform premiering new Musical Theatre Works in a sleek and intimate music video format. Recipient of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship Award, Joey holds an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU and is currently the Artist-in-Residence with Broadway Dreams Foundation, in which he is currently developing his next album, "Young Kind of Love." Find out more at www.joeycontreras.com, Facebook (Joey Contreras Music) and on Twitter (@joeypatrick).