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Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop presented a showcase of new musical works on Monday, June 5 at the Manhattan Theatre Club (131 W. 55thI Street).

The event was directed by MTC's Michael Bush; the producers were Workshop Artistic Coordinator Patrick Cook and Workshop Special Events Coordinator Frank Evans. Among the performers enlisted to take part in the evening were James Royce Edwards (Altar Boyz), Sara Chase, Robb Sapp (Wicked), Kate Wetherhead (Spelling Bee), Michael Winther (Songs from an Unmade Bed), Cheryl Stern (The Women), and Ann L. Nathan (Thoroughly Modern Millie). The included musicals were Wanda's World (by Beth Falcone and Eric Weinberger), How to Murder Your Wife (by by Alisa Klein and Stephen Sislen), The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (by Andy Monroe and Blair Fell), Calvin Berger (by Barry Wyner), The Dogs of Pripyat (by Jill Abramovitz and Aron Accurso), Iznogoud--The Musical (by Marc Schubring and Phoebe Kreutz), Dysfunctional Fables (by Sean Hartley and Sam Davis), Rhonda, Queen of the Amazon (by Peter Morris and Mat Eisenstein), The Third Miracle (by Jeff Hughes and Scott Ethier), Children's Hospital (by Alison Loeb and Bob McDowell), The Fisher King (by Steve Routman and Joy Son), Carried Away (by Jim Colleran) and Queen Esther (by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham).

Deemed "the Harvard of musical theatre" by The New York Times, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop was founded in 1961 by BMI and the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theatre, to create a setting where new writers could learn their craft. It is the birthplace of such classic musicals as A Chorus Line, Nine, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, and current Broadway favorite Avenue Q. The Workshop was recently honored with a special 2006 Drama Desk Award for "nurturing, developing and promoting new talent for the musical theater," and also received the 2005 Drama League Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. Visit www.bmi.com for more information.

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
James Royce Edwards, Jonathan Brody, Caesar Samayoa, and Courter Simmons performing the title song from Wanda's World

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Heather Rolff, Christine Scharf, and Jennifer Bowles performing the title song from Wanda's World

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Ann Letscher performing the title song from Wanda's World

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Michael Bush, Director and Emcee

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Sara Chase and Stephen Sislen performing "No Cocktail" from How to Murder Your Wife

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Sara Chase and Stephen Sislen performing "No Cocktail" from How to Murder Your Wife

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Eileen Stevens performing "Don't Be Afraid, Adele" from The Tragic and Horrible Life of The Singing Nun

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Jeff Blumenkrantz performing "Toll" from "The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook"

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
"The Elephant in the Corner" from Calvin Berger

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Nick Blaemire performing "The Elephant in the Corner" from Calvin Berger

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Nick Belton and Nick Blaemire performing "We're the Man" from Calvin Berger

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Kate Wetherhead and Robb Sapp performing "Let's Go" from The Dogs of Pripyat

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Robb Sapp performing "Let's Go" from The Dogs of Pripyat

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Robb Sapp and Kate Wetherhead performing "Let's Go" from The Dogs of Pripyat

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Jessie Nelson, Elissa Goldstein, Mary Mossberg and Craig Fols performing "The Royal Taster" from Iznogoud - The Musical

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Craig Fols and ladies singing "The Royal Taster" from Iznogoud - The Musical

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Brad Howell Houghton and Michael Thomas Holmes performing "Gussy Your Caliph Up" from Iznogoud - The Musical

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Michael Winther performing "Goodbye to Boston" from Dysfunctional Fables

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Tessa Faye and Cheryl Stern performing "Mommy's Song" from Rhonda, Queen of the Amazon

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Cheryl Stern performing "Mommy's Song" from Rhonda, Queen of the Amazon

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Michael Hunsaker and Richard Todd Adams performing "Sinking Into Silence" from The Third Miracle

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
"Waiting for the Rain" from The Third Miracle

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
"Waiting for the Rain" from The Third Miracle

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Jessi Stelzman performing "My Hair" from Children's Hospital

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Ann L. Nathan and Geoffrey Nauffts performing "Not That I'm Asking" from The Fisher King

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Michael Winther and Geoffrey Nauffts performing "The Quest" from The Fisher King

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Jaclyn Huberman performing "Out of My Mind" from Carried Away

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman (I Love You Because) performing "Milking the Cow" from Queen Esther

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Ryan Cunningham performing "Milking the Cow" from Queen Esther

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Top L-R: Pat Cook, Artistic Coordinator, BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; Frank Evans, Coordinator, BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; Jean Banks, Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI; Jeff Blumenkrantz, writer/singer of "Toll"

Photo Coverage: BMI Workshop Showcase
Beth Falcone, Musical Director of Showcase and writer of Wanda's World; Maury Yeston, composer and BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Steering Committee; Michael Bush, Director of Artistic Production at Manhattan Theatre Club and Director of Showcase; Lynn Ahrens, alumna and guest moderator of Workshop

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


 
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