Elyssa Samsel News

Jeremy Morse, Meetu Chilana, Lauren Marcus & More Set to Satr in LITTLE BITTERS Reding
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

David Alan Thornton presents a staged reading of his original musical Little Bitters Monday, September 15 at the Galway Pub. Can you love someone else if you've lost yourself? Little Bitters seeks to answer the question as it follows the up-by-his-bootstraps romantic Mikey, the bitchier-than-thou ex-Jazz-singer Pearl, and the young mother Liz: all trapped behind the service aprons of their local bar. One by one, they discover the small beautiful things in their lives that may- or may not- make them worth the living. With fresh style and a classic charge, Little Bitters highlights the hopes, abuse, selfishness, and victories that live in us all. (more...)

Dominique Morisseau, David Bar Katz and More to Star in SATC's BASTARDS OF STRINDBERG, 9/2-21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) will present the World Premiere of BASTARDS OF STRINDBERG. This evening of short works inspired by Strindberg's iconic Miss Julie is written by four exciting contemporary playwrights: Dominique Morisseau (Detroit '67), David Bar Katz (Tony nominee for Freak), Andreas Boonstra (winner of Sweden's Thaliapriset award) and Lina Ekdahl (winner of Sweden's Werner Aspenstrom Award). Directed by Henning Hegland and Alicia Dhyan House, previews begin September 2 at Off-Broadway's The Lion Theater at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for September 5. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kevin Spirtas and More in NYMF's MR. CONFIDENTIAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

'Days of Our Lives' star Kevin Spirtas leads a cast of 13 in the new musical comedy MR. CONFIDENTIAL, presented as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Directed and choreographed by Stephen Nachamie(director of NYMF's award-winning 2012 production of Foreverman), MR. CONFIDENTIAL features book and lyrics bySamuel Bernstein (Bobbie's Girl) and music by David Snyder. The production plays five performances July 21-27 at theAlice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd St.), as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2014 Preview with Lena Hall, J. Robert Spencer, Robin De Jesus & More!
by Walter McBride - Jul 05, 2014

Earlier this week, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (running July 7 - 27) presented a special preview of the 2014 featuring musical selections from: Mr. Confidential, The Gig, Valueville, Somewhere With You, Clinton, WikiMusical, Bayonets of Angst, Academia Nuts, Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade. Below, BroadwayWorld take you insid ethe special preview, which featured Lena Hall, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, J. Robert Spencer, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Robin De Jesus and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Kevin Spirtas and More for MR. CONFIDENTIAL at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

'Days of Our Lives' star Kevin Spirtas leads a cast of 13 in the new musical comedy MR. CONFIDENTIAL, presented as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Directed and choreographed by Stephen Nachamie (director of NYMF's award-winning 2012 production of Foreverman), MR. CONFIDENTIAL features book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein (Bobbie's Girl) and music by David Snyder. The production plays five performances July 21-27 at theAlice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd St.), as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal! (more...)

Kevin Spirtas to Lead New Musical MR. CONFIDENTIAL at NYMF, 7/21-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

'Days of Our Lives' star Kevin Spirtas leads a cast of 13 in the new musical comedy MR. CONFIDENTIAL, presented as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (more...)

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...)

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