New York Theatre Barn to Launch 6th Annual NYTB Concert Series, 7/9
New York Theatre Barn (Joe Barros, Artistic Director; Jason Najjoum, Producing Director; Barry Levine, Managing Director) will launch the 6th consecutive year of its acclaimed monthly platform for emerging musical theater writers, NYTB in the D-Lounge, on July 9, 2012 at the D-Lounge of the Daryl Roth Theatre. Featured writing teams will be Charlie Sohne and Tim Rosser, and Adam Spiegel and Dan Wolpow, all alumni of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Featured writers for later months in the 6th season will be announced at a later date.
Since its founding in May 2007, NYTB in the D-Lounge has helped to launch the careers of many of the most lauded new musical theater writing talents, such as Adam Gwon, Ryan Scott Oliver, Sammy Buck, Joe Iconis, Julianne Wick Davis/Dan Collins, Eli Bolin/Sam Forman, Jeff Thomson/Jordan Mann, Sam Willmott, Joshua H. Cohen, and Brian Feinstein, among others. To date, video clips from this series have been viewed over 400,000 times on YouTube, providing essential exposure for new musical theater work and the artists that create it.
Artistic Director Joe Barros reminisces, “When we decided to produce our first concert in May 2007, we had no idea it would turn into a mainstay that would bring our community together month after month, sparking hundreds of artistic relationships and incubating so many notable projects. I get so excited everyone month to see what the next set of writers will bring – those in attendance get to experience the future of our artform, and then grab a drink with the creators. It’s priceless.”
Actors such as Katie Thompson, Lindsay Mendez, Carrie Manolakos, Alex Brightman, Marla Mindelle, Jared Gertner, Donna Vivino, Lilli Cooper, Anastasia Barzee, Gideon Glick, Kenita Miller, Quentin Earl Darrington, Lisa Howard, Heather Christian, and more have performed in the series. Executive Producers are Laura Brandel and Jason Najjoum.
Next month, Sohne and Rosser will premiere songs from their new musicals The Boy Who Danced On Air and The Profit of Creation (the latter was previously developed at The Johnny Mercer Workshop, The Lark, and Yale Institute for Musical Theater). Spiegel and Wolpow will showcase material from their new musical Cloned! as well as other songs from their zany catalogue.
The July 2012 installment of NYTB in the D-Lounge will take place on Monday, July 9 at 7:30 PM in the D-Lounge of the Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 East 15th Street. Cover is $10, plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets may be purchased at the door by cash or credit, and the doors will open at 7:15 PM. For more information and to learn more about New York Theatre Barn, visit: www.NYTheatreBarn.org.
New York Theatre Barn is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and dedicated to the investigation, development, and advancement of new works. The company is attracted to new work that mirrors our diverse global community so that the world can better understand itself. Productions include the all-female musical I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatres/Prospect Theater Co.) with Heather Mac Rae and Carolyn Mignini, the musical Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival/Emily Miller) with Cady Huffman, and Bridget Bailey’s award winning solo play Child of Hungry Times. New York Theatre Barn has been instrumental in the development of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, the musical parody Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make A Good Musical?, Cait Doyle's Hot Mess in Manhattan, and Katie Thompson's R.R.R.E.D. The company’s monthly platform for new work, NYTB in the D-Lounge, provides a community and a home for artists to discover and grow within their art form. New York Theatre Barn is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.