Elyssa Samsel News

HESITATION WALTZ, MY LITTLE BRONY and More Set for '4@15' at The Playroom Theater, 4/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will commence performances Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19, for three performances only at the Playroom Theater. Tammy Holder serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs. (more...)

Lisa Brescia, Julie Hanson & Remy Zaken to Lead ROSE PETALS Reading at NYMF, 7/12 & 14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2013

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) will present a developmental reading of Rose Petals, staring Lisa Brescia (Mamma Mia, Wicked, Aida), Julie Hanson (Phantom of the Opera) and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening). (more...)

Adam Mathias & Jonathan Monro to Present Songs from Fire Island Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER at NYTB, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 2013

New musicals hub New York Theatre Barn will present the first New York City presentation of musical excerpts from Drama Desk Award winning book writer Adam Mathias (See Rock City) and multi-award winning composer Jonathan Monro (Variations on a Nervous Breakdown) new musical A History Of Summer on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York City as part of New York Theatre Barn's revolutionary new musical development platform NYTB in the D-Lounge, executive produced by Laura Brandeland Jason Najjoum. (more...)

Ben Davis, Amy Bodnar, James LaRosa and More Set for York Theatre's MR. CONFIDENTIAL Reading Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2013

York Theatre Company will present MR. CONFIDENTIAL tonight, May 13 at 7 PM. The show features Book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein (based on his award-winning book) and Music by David Snyder and will be directed by Stephen Nachamie. (more...)

Ben Davis, Amy Bodnar, James LaRosa and More Set for York Theatre's MR. CONFIDENTIAL Reading, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2013

York Theatre Company will present MR. CONFIDENTIAL on May 13 at 7 PM. The show features Book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein (based on his award-winning book) and Music by David Snyder and will be directed by Stephen Nachamie. (more...)

NYU Steinhardt's 4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals Set for 2/2 & 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2013

4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with NYU Steinhardt, will commence performances this weekend, February 2 and 3, for five performances only at The Pless Hall Black Box Theatre. Explore the secret lives of stoners, home-shopping hosts, bible fiends and childbirth experts from writers Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg, Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis, Katya Stanislavskya, Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel. Tammy Holder serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs. (more...)

BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Announces New Showcase 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2013

?The BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop announces its Winter Smoker, a semi-annual showcase for new songs from Workshop writers. The event will be held in the 30th Floor Media Room of BMI's New York office at 7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street on Thursday, January 31 at 5:00PM and is open to members of the entertainment industry as well as Workshop members. Reservations are a must: Ssantana@bmi.com or 212 220-3177. Running time is 70 minutes. (more...)

NYTB IN THE D-LOUNGE Presents ACADEMIA NUTS Tonight, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2012

Tonight, October 15, 2012, New York Theatre Barn will present NYTB in the D-Lounge, its monthly concert for emerging musical theatre writers (now in its 6th year), at the Daryl Roth Theatre. The October 2012 installment of NYTB in the D-Lounge features an excerpt from the new musical Academia Nuts called Speaking Geek: The Songs of Academia Nuts, as well as a selection of songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. The monthly series is executive produced by Laura Brandel and Jason Najjoum. (more...)

NYTB IN THE D-LOUNGE Presents ACADEMIA NUTS, 10/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2012

On Monday, October 15, 2012, New York Theatre Barn will present NYTB in the D-Lounge, its monthly concert for emerging musical theatre writers (now in its 6th year), at the Daryl Roth Theatre. The October 2012 installment of NYTB in the D-Lounge features an excerpt from the new musical Academia Nuts called Speaking Geek: The Songs of Academia Nuts, as well as a selection of songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. The monthly series is executive produced by Laura Brandel and Jason Najjoum. (more...)

Natalie Charle Ellis and More Perform at Musical Mondays' Season and CD Preview Concert, 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2012

Musical Mondays Theatre Lab announces a concert of new songs from their upcoming seasons as well as songs from the soon to be released Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlght CD with live performances of brand new theatre songs from the Tony Award-winning Musical Theatre Workshop. The concert event has no admission charge and reservations are not being taken. 4 show Musical Mondays subscribers will receive a complimentary demo sampler copy of the CD. The concert will take place at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th at 6:30 PM tonight, Oct 11. (more...)

Natalie Charle Ellis and More to Perform at Musical Mondays' Season and CD Preview Concert, 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2012

Musical Mondays Theatre Lab announces a concert of new songs from their upcoming seasons as well as songs from the soon to be released Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlght CD with live performances of brand new theatre songs from the Tony Award-winning Musical Theatre Workshop. The concert event has no admission charge and reservations are not being taken. 4 show Musical Mondays subscribers will receive a complimentary demo sampler copy of the CD. The concert will take place at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Oct 11. (more...)

Amanda Taraska: DOIN' MY THING Plays the Laurie Beechman Tonight, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

With her bright and beautiful belt, brilliant, quirky singer-songwriter, Amanda Taraska will present her first solo show at Manhattan's acclaimed Laurie Beechman Theatre. The hour-long concert, featuring musical direction by Wicked's Walter Thompson, will showcase original work by up-and-coming writers Nick Blaemire, Jeff Bowen, Rob Hartmann, Natalie Lovejoy, Robby Sandler and Daniel Green, Dustin Sullivan and Elyssa Samsel, and David Alan Thornton and by beloved musical theatre luminaries Jason Robert Brown, Pasek and Paul, and Stephen Sondheim. Additionally, Miss Taraska will duet with special guests David Alan Thornton, Dustin Sullivan and Nikki MacCallum and debut selections from her own musical catalogue. (more...)

Amanda Taraska: DOIN' MY THING Plays the Laurie Beechman, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2012

With her bright and beautiful belt, brilliant, quirky singer-songwriter, Amanda Taraska will present her first solo show at Manhattan's acclaimed Laurie Beechman Theatre. The hour-long concert, featuring musical direction by Wicked's Walter Thompson, will showcase original work by up-and-coming writers Nick Blaemire, Jeff Bowen, Rob Hartmann, Natalie Lovejoy, Robby Sandler and Daniel Green, Dustin Sullivan and Elyssa Samsel, and David Alan Thornton and by beloved musical theatre luminaries Jason Robert Brown, Pasek and Paul, and Stephen Sondheim. Additionally, Miss Taraska will duet with special guests David Alan Thornton, Dustin Sullivan and Nikki MacCallum and debut selections from her own musical catalogue. (more...)

BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Hosts Spring Smoker Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2012

The BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop announces its Spring Smoker, a semi-annual showcase for new songs from Workshop writers. The event will be held in the 30th Floor Media Room of BMI's New York office at 7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street tonight, April 26, at 5:30PM and is open to members of the entertainment industry as well as Workshop members. Reservations are a must: Ssantana@bmi.com or 212 220-3177. Running time is 70 minutes. (more...)

BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Sets Spring Smoker for 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2012

The BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop announces its Spring Smoker, a semi-annual showcase for new songs from Workshop writers. The event will be held in the 30th Floor Media Room of BMI's New York office at 7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street on Thursday, April 26, at 5:30PM and is open to members of the entertainment industry as well as Workshop members. Reservations are a must: Ssantana@bmi.com or 212 220-3177. Running time is 70 minutes. (more...)

4@15: 4 NEW 15-MINUTE MUSICALS Set for Friday - Shows Include WHO WANTS TO BE ADOPTED?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2012

4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will commence performances Friday, April 20, for three performances only at Roy Arias Theatre Center. Tammy Holder serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs. (more...)

4@15: 4 NEW 15-MINUTE MUSICALS Set for Friday - Shows Include WHO WANTS TO BE ADOPTED?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will commence performances Friday, April 20, for three performances only at Roy Arias Theatre Center. Tammy Holder serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs. (more...)

4@15: 4 NEW 15-MINUTE MUSICALS Set for Friday - Shows Include WHO WANTS TO BE ADOPTED?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2012

4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will commence performances Friday, April 20, for three performances only at Roy Arias Theatre Center. Tammy Holder serves as Music Director; Brian Blythe directs. (more...)

Cast Recording Released For MOST LIKELY TO: The Senior Superlative Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2011

On October 18, 2011, BroadwayClubhouse.com and Young Pals Music will release the original Off-Broadway cast recording of Most Likely To: The Senior Superlative Musical, a new album featuring cast members from the Dramatist Guild Workshop and award-winning Midtown International Theatre Festival production. (more...)

(re:) Directions Theatre Co Presents Sleeping Beauty Redux, Closes 5/1
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2011

Directions Theatre Company (Tom Berger, Artistic Director; Erin Smiley, Producing Director) is thrilled to announce that Fairy Tales just got fabulous! Ms. Sahara Davenport (RuPaul's Drag Race, "15 Films About Madonna") stars as Jewell in this super-fierce Sleeping Beauty Redux that follows the banishment of the evil queen - drag queen, that is - and her revenge: to put the sweet-faced young prince (Brandon Chinn) to an enchanted sleep from which he can only be awakened by his one true love...his squire (Matthew G Myers). (more...)

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