STAGE TUBE: Teal Wicks, Alex Brightman and More in 'PAST IS PRESENT' at the Met Room
Everything old is new again--and vice versa-at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut, which took place on March 24, 2014. By turns hilarious and touching, sexy and historical, this concert featured Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of promising young composers including DANNY ABOSCH (Fancy Nancy), WILL BUCK (Only Anne), JOSH FREILICH, (The Star Child), ELIZABETH HAGSTEDT (Rose Petals), TERESA LOTZ (The Birds and the Bees) , MADELINE MYERS (Legends and Lore) and WILLEM OOSTHEUYSEN (Prodigy).
Watch the videos below, featuring performances by Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked), Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's Sound of Music Live!), Alex Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Samantha Massell (Encores! Little Me, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and more!
Also featured at the concert were: ANASTASIA BARZEE (Urinetown, Henry IV), ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Big Fish, Wicked), JOE CARROLL (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet), KATE LOPREST (Under My Skin, First Date), KATIE THOMPSON (Giant) and REMY ZAKEN (Spring Awakening, Freckleface Strawberry).
JEN WINEMAN (Bubble Boy, F$%king Up Everything) directed, with musical direction by KAREN DRYER. (The 25th Annual Putnumn County Spelling Bee, nat'l tour).
SARAH REBELL recently received her MFA in musical theater writing from NYU Tisch. Her work has been performed in cabarets at 54 Below, the Berkshire Musical Theater Writers Lab, the Duplex, the Laurie Beechman Theater, NYU and the Sharon Playhouse. Her songs have been recorded by Broadway stars Melissa Errico, Alexander Gemignani,Rebecca Luker and Laura Osnes, among others. Her musical ROSE PETALS (written with Elizabeth Hagstedt, starring Lisa Brescia and Julie Hanson) was an official selection of NYMF 2013's developmental reading series. In April 2013, OFF THE WALL, an original musical with book & lyrics by Sarah Rebell and music by Danny Abosch, was presented at NYU; the musical will be further developed in summer 2014 at the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival. Sarah currently works in the marketing department at SpotCo theatrical advertising agency and is a proud member of the Dramatist's Guild and ASCAP. www.sarahrebell.com
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