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Pace New Musicals to Stage LITTLE MISS FIX-IT, CONFIRMED Readings, 1/23-27

Pace University's Pace New Musicals (PNM) program (est. 2007 by Program Head Amy Rogers), dedicated to the discovery of new theater works, and Ryan Scott Oliver, composer- lyricist and producer, will present a staged reading of Little Miss Fix-It (book and lyrics by Kirsten A. Guenther and music by Joy Son) on January 23-27, 2014.

In addition, the second Pace New Musicals Lab will present work by Pace student writers, including a concert reading of Confirmed, book by Will Sasso and music and lyrics by Kailey Marshall; as well as a table reading of Oasis, book by Jen Littlefield and music and lyrics by David Gomez and John Michael Lyles.

These winter PNM selections are part of a full year offering reading of brand new musical theatre. In fall 2013, PNM presented a developmental staged reading of Oliver's We Foxes and in spring 2014, a to-be-announced workshop with Pace University Artist-in-Residence John Doyle, as well as additional PNM Labs of readings of brand new faculty and student-written works.

Little Miss Fix It tells the story of Nan, a gloriously precocious and imaginative 11-year-old free spirit who drinks black coffee for breakfast, and tries to bend spoons with her mind. The one thing Nan fears most: disorder. With her parent's marriage crumbling, Nan dedicates herself to "fixing" her friends problems. When Nan meets David, a 12 year-old Impressionist in the park, she is even more overwhelmed by the highly unorganized feelings that come with first love. As she tries to save her parent's marriage and the problems of everyone around her, Nan embarks on a hilarious and heartwarming journey, discovering that you can't always control what happens in life; but that sometimes great things happen when you let go, simply trust your instincts, and take a step not knowing where you're going to land. The show was conceived at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and through a grant from The Collaborative Arts Project in New York.

Kirsten Guenther (book and lyrics) appeared on the cover of Insight for Playwrights Magazine, and was named one of "50 writers to watch" by The Dramatist Magazine. She was recently featured as a guest expert on NBC's "The Apprentice" alongside Little Miss Fix-It. She wrote the book for Mrs. Sharp (music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver), which won the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award (workshopped at Playwrights Horizons starring Jane Krakowski, directed by Michael Greif ). Other current projects include book for Benny and Joon (with Mindi Dickstein and Nolan Gasser), Measure of Success (with Julian Fleisher); and The Perfect Mate (with Dan Lipton and David Rossmer).

Joy Son is the recipient of the Jerry Harrington Award (with Steve Routman) and the Shelley Pinz Prize from the BMI Foundation. She was also a Jerry Bock Award nominee. Her songs have been heard in a variety of notable venues, including Lincoln Center, York Theater, Goodspeed Opera, Laurie Beechman, Barrington Stage (showcased by William Finn), the Manhattan Theatre Club, Birdland, Duplex, Golden Fleece Ltd. Composers' Chamber Theatre, Raw Impressions, Dixon Place, Triad, Zipper, ArsNova, Donnell Library Songbook Series, TADA! Youth Theatre, and in numerous New York City cabarets and theaters. Little Miss Fix-It received a concert reading at CAP 21 and was the subject of a workshop with Jerry Mitchell at Emerson College. The Fisher King (book and lyrics by Steve Routman) received a master class with Stephen Schwartz presented by BMI Lehman Engel Musical Workshop.

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