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Photo Coverage: Burkell and Paul Loesel's 'Sorta Love Songs' At Birdland

On Monday night, September 21, Jim Caruso's Cast Party presented the Birdland debut of award-winning composing team Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel.

Composers Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel hosted the premiere of their new musical revue, "Sorta Love Songs" in a sold-out evening comprised of songs sung by Stephanie J. Block, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Sebastian Arcelus, Lisa Howard & Daniel Reichard, with Allison Seidner on cello.

Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel's songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall (Michael Feinstein: Now and Then" Series), Lincoln Center ("American Songbook Series"), Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Their songs have been premiered by Kristin Chenoweth (Carnegie Hall), Rebecca Luker (The Kennedy Center), Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Stephanie J. Block, Susan Egan, and Liz Callaway. Recordings of their work appear on Lisa Richard's album VIRGIN TRACKS, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley's OPPOSITE YOU, and Stephanie J. Block's THIS PLACE I KNOW. Upcoming recordings: Rebecca Luker. Their musical, SIX OF ONE, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, an ASCAP workshop, a CAP21 workshop, and a production in the 2007 Philly Fringe Festival. LOVE SONGS AND OTHER CRAP, their musical review, received a MAC Award nomination, and their new musical, ELLA MINNOW PEA received a production at the University of Michigan last fall.

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