Jessica Grove to Star in Choral Chameleon and NY Theatre Barn's TAMAR OF THE RIVER Oratorio World Premiere, 3/9-10
NEW YORK THEATRE BARN (Joe Barros, Artistic Director; Jason Najjoum, Producing Director) is an award-winning non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and dedicated to the investigation, development, and advancement of new works. The company primarily develops and produces new musicals that tell new stories about real people, often rooted in current events and history that reflect our diverse world and help us better experience our shared humanity. Past productions include the all-female musical I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatres/ Prospect Theater Co.) with Heather Mac Rae and Carolyn Mignini, Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis' Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival/Emily Miller) with Cady Huffman, Cait Doyle's Hot Mess In Manhattan (Araca Project), Bridget Bailey's award-winning solo play Child of Hungry Times, and the company has been instrumental in the development of Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days. In Development: Speargrove Presents (Sammy Buck/Brandon James Gwinn), Costs of Living (Timothy Huang), The Boy Who Danced On Air (Tim Rosser/Charlie Sohne), Mackenzie and the Missing Boy (Joel B. New/Cara Winter), and Resident Alien (Katya Stanislavskaya). New York Theatre Barn is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). www.NYTheatreBarn.org
CHORAL CHAMELEON (Vince Peterson, Artistic Director; Jeffery Thyer, Managing Director) Hailed by Time Out New York as a "shape-shifting" and "poetic" ensemble, Choral Chameleon has, over the past four years, begun to carve its niche in the NYC concert scene. Founded by Vince Peterson in 2008, the group has become known for inspiring listeners with its truly amalgamated concert programming, which deals with real human themes that are easy to relate to. Its singers comprise the most varied musical backgrounds and influences, giving the group an ever-changing, idiomatically virtuous, and spontaneously transforming sound, never experienced before in the concert hall. Choral Chameleon places the understanding of each style it performs at the very center of the rehearsal process, never resting until the inherent nuances of each piece are fully honored and preserved. These concert programs equally welcome first-time listeners as well as seasoned concert-goers. The group has also strived to redefine the role of a choir in the performing arts and to put choral singing where it is least expected.