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Ben Folds to Write Short Musical for THE 24-HOUR MUSICALS at the Gramercy, 4/28-29
According to The New York Times, singer and pianist Ben Folds is set to participate in The Exchange and 24 Hour Company's "The 24-Hour Musicals" 2013 edition. Folds will write a 15-minute musical, which will be cast, rehearsed and performed in just one day, beginning April 28 and continuing through April 29 at the Gramercy Theater in NYC.
Read the original report here.
Tickets go on sale next month, and sales will benefit Orchard Project, which helps to develop new theater.
Folds was the frontman and pianist for the rock band Ben Folds Five from 1995 to 2000. He then went on to perform as a solo artist around the world before reuniting with the band in 2011. He has also appeared as a judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off", beginning in 2009.
In October 1995, the first production of The 24 Hour Plays took place in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Inspired by Scott McCloud's 24 hour comics (comic books composed in a single day), creator Tina Fallon really only intended the project as a one-time-only event.
Twelve years and three hundred plays later, The 24 Hour Plays have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Greece. This success has led to the recent collaboration with organizations like The Old Vic and Urban Arts Partnerships, to produce celebrity shows that benefit a variety of worthy causes.
In 1997, The 24 Hour Plays, now a trademark, began licensing the 24 Hour Plays name, process, production handbook, and logos to various organizations around the globe. Licensed affiliates have produced their own 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, colleges, and universities across the US.
For more about the event in April, visit 24hourplays.com.