Carner & Gregor to Bring BARELY LEGAL SHOW-TUNE EXTRAVAGANZA to 54 Below, 8/21

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Carner & Gregor to Bring BARELY LEGAL SHOW-TUNE EXTRAVAGANZA to 54 Below, 8/21

Building on the success of five years of sold out shows and an incredible list of alumni, writing team Sam Carner and Derek Gregor will once again host their annual "Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza" concert on August 21st at 7pm and 9:30pm at 54 Below, New York's premier cabaret venue.

Carner & Gregor's "Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza" is an annual summer concert featuring a contest winning cast comprised of up-and-coming college student-performers and 2014 graduates from around the world. The contest-winners, selected by a panel of Broadway judges based on video submissions, will make their New York concert debut joined by a Broadway band and various Broadway stars (former guests include Tony nominee Bobby Steggert, Andrew Kober, and Sarah Stiles) for an unforgettable experience for participants and audiences alike.

Alums of Carner & Gregor's "Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza" include Danielle Wade (winner Over the Rainbow Canada and currently playing Dorothy in the North American tour of Wizard of Oz, having completed a year-long Toronto run), Lora Lee Gayer (Young Sally in the Broadway production of Follies!), Blair Goldberg (Carrie Off-Broadway and Sister Act 1st National Tour), Ashley Park (currently appearing in Mamma Mia), and many more performers currently working Off-Broadway, regionally, and on national tours.

"To be a part of an event that has had such an impact on the careers of young musical theater talent for going on our 6th year, is incredibly meaningful," said Sam Carner. "It's one of my favorite nights of the year."

This year, the concert, produced by Bandits Roost Entertainment, will add a new feature: workshops and classes. In addition to pairing the students with Carner & Gregor and producers from the Bandits Roost team, these workshops and classes will introduce students with established Broadway stars, casting directors, agents, actors, teachers, and more, ensuring an enhanced experience for the young performers.

"More than ever before, students, especially performers, are looking for mentors to guide them and help them achieve their goals in their future careers," said Derek Gregor. "Being able to facilitate an opportunity for these talented young performers to receive such invaluable advice is a dream come true for us."

The contest is now open for video submissions and will remain open until June 20th. However, with only a limited number of contestants selected to perform in the show and interest at an all time high, prospective contestants are urged to send in their submissions as early as possible for consideration.

For more information and complete instructions on how to submit, visit: www.CandGBarelyLegal.com or www.CandGBarelyLegal.com/contest.

About Carner & Gregor: Sam Carner and Derek Gregor were included in Playbill.com's 12 "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know," and their work has been performed on at least 6 continents (including Antarctica). Their musical Unlock'd played an extended Off-Broadway run at the Duke Theater last summer ("gorgeous" -NYTimes "Astounding, enveloping" -Talkin' Broadway). Previously Unlock'd won a Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007, where it won the "Best of the Fest" audience award and received Talkin' Broadway citations for "Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Original Theatrical Score." Their musical Island Song was produced in this February at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Indiana ("mesmerizing... vibrant, supercharged" -Herald Times) having had workshops last summer at the Balagan Theatre in Seattle and the Indiana Festival of Theatre, following 2012 concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York and at Crawfish in Tokyo (in Japanese!). Island Song was recently presented in concert at London's St. James Studio featuring a cast of West End stars. Five of the numbers from Island Song have been nominated for MAC Awards: "Sing, But Don't Tell" (2011, Best Special Musical Material), "After Hours" (2011 Best Song), and "Make It Here" (2012 Best Song).

Sam and Derek's short children's musical Love, Splat is currently touring the country in the new TheatreWorks USA revue The Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Stories, and their song "Eleven O'Clock" will be part of Unsung Musicals' Passing Show this June. Other current projects include additional songs for Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (book by Todd Graff and songs by Michael Devon), Toast (book by Laura Marks), and The Great Cookie Quest (a children's musical with book by Jim Weitzer). Recent concerts include Sing, But Don't Tell, an evening of Carner & Gregor songs sung by West End performers which sold out London's Matcham Room and a sold-out 54 Below show in April.

Derek writes country songs with Laura Bell Bundy and has material on her album Longing for a Place Already Gone and composed the music for the movie musical Grind (now appearing in film festivals around the world). Sam lectures regularly on various musical-theatre history related topics at Yale and has taught musical-theatre history and analysis courses at New York University and Yale.

About Bandits Roost Entertainment: Bandits Roost is an entertainment production company based in New York City. Led by Cori Silberman, Michael Dovid, and Jared Sais, Bandits Roost develops and produces creative content across various mediums including film, theater, television, print and digital. www.BanditsRoost.com.

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