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Photo Coverage: Best of BMI Concert at NYMF

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Songwriters who honed their craft at the famed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop joined together in song for a one-night-only concert on September 14 at 59E59 Theaters. The evening is a cooperative production of BMI, the Prospect Theatre Company and Musical Mondays Theatre Lab. Now entering its fifth decade, the BMI Workshop -- deemed "the Harvard of musical theatre" by The New York Times -- is the launching pad for musicals such as A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine, Avenue Q and most recently Musical of Musicals! — The Musical.

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, recently honored with the 2005 Drama League Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, was founded in 1961 by the late Lehman Engel, dean of American musical theatre, to create a setting where new writers could learn their craft. Since its inception, the Workshop has been operated by BMI free of any cost to participants; admission is based on merit.

Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

 

 


Gerard Alessandrini


"Room for Improvement" from Little Ham - Music by Judd Woldin, Lyrics by Richard Engquist and Judd Woldin


Judd Woldin


Gerard Alessandrini and Richard Engquist


Gerard Alessandrini and Beth Falcone


"Bite Their Butts" from Wanda's World - Music and Lyrics by Beth Falcone


"Right Away" from War Brides - Music by Christopher Berg, Lyrics by Frank Evans, Book by Ron Sproat Performed by Kristen Maloney and Frank Evans (filling in for an absent Jeff Scott Carey), Accompanied by Mark Janas


Kristin Maloney


Mark Janas


Kristin Maloney and Frank Evans


Kristin Maloney and Frank Evans


Patrick Cook


"Thank You Jacques Brel" written and performed by Patrick Cook


"It Shoulda Been You" from The Wedding Project - Music by Barbara Anselmi, book & lyrics by Will Randall


Jedidiah Cohen (Marty) and Ron Trenouth (Murray)


Jedidiah Cohen (Marty) and Barbara Rosenblat (Judy)


Cheryl Stern (Sheila)


Jedidiah Cohen (Marty), Cheryl Stern (Sheila), and Ron Trenouth (Murray)


"Need to Know" from Weird Romance - Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by David Spencer


"My Book" from The Seven Deadly Sins & "He'll Never Get What I Do" from Hush -Music & Lyrics by Jeff Blumenkrantz


Jeff Blumenkrantz


Robert Lopez and Gerard Alessandrini


Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx


Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx


Jeff Marx begs Gerard Alessandrini for a sample of his "Yoko Ono" parody to the tune of "Oklahoma!"


Jeff accompanies...


...Gerard Alessandrini obliges!


"I Wish I Could Go Back to College" from Avenue Q - Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx


Robert Lopez


Gerard Alessandrini and Nancy Ford

Photo Coverage: Best of BMI Concert at NYMF
Nancy Ford


Maury Yeston and Gerard Alessandrini


"The Germans at the Spa" from Nine - Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston


Mark Janas and Kristin Maloney


Mark Janas and Maury Yeston


Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx


Group Photo!

 

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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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