Photo Flash: THE LION's Benjamin Scheuer and More Party at the St. James
One man, six guitars and an incredible story of love, loss and survival. ASCAP Cole Porter Award winner Benjamin Scheuer returns to St. James Studio with his brilliant solo musical show, which sold out there under its original title The Bridge last October, following an award-winning premiere season at the Edinburgh Fringe. Scroll down for photos of Scheuer and company celebrating at the St. James!
Benjamin Scheuer is a composer, lyricist, record producer, and performing musician who trained at Harvard University. He writes for and leads the band Escapist Papers, in which he sings and plays guitar. Writing credits include Jihad! The Musical (Edinburgh Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), The Nightingale and the Rose (Metropolis Opera Project, New York) and What Would Nora Say (Roundabout Theatre Company). Scheuer owns and runs Escapist Recording Studios in New York, where he produces his and other people's records. He was a 2010 fellow at the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Previously he was the Writer-in-Residence at the Goodspeed Theatre and Weston Playhouse. Benjamin won the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Award and the Musical Theatre Network Best Lyrics Award.
Director Sean Daniels is currently the Artist-At-Large at the Geva Theatre Centre, New York. Previously he was Associate Artistic Director at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad's Garage Theater Company, Atlanta.
The Lion was originally developed from an album of songs that Benjamin Scheuer wrote and premiered at Lincoln Center in 2012. The title track was made into a video by animator/ director Peter Baynton and premiered at the Annecy Animated Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film. It also won the Public Choice Award for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards.
The Lion runs now through Sunday 7 September 2014. Running time 70 mins. Tickets: £10 - £25 (previews). £15 - £30 / 0844 264 2140 / www.stjamestheatre.co.uk / No booking fees. St. James Theatre is located at 12 Palace Street, London. SW1E 5JA.
Ursula Collingwood and Simon Scheuer
Sean Daniels and Veronika Duerr
Peter Baynton and Adam Scheuer
Natasha Stourton, Stella Stocker, Benjamin Scheuer and Hannah Bagshawe
James Seabright and Benjamin Scheuer
James Albrecht and Benjamin Scheuer
Emma Laird, Benjamin Scheuer, Lara Wood and Alex Gezelius
Charlie Fink and Benjamin Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer and Alex Gezelius
Benjamin Scheuer and Jessi Lennard
Benjamin Scheuer and his brother Simon Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer and his brother Adam Scheuer
Benjamin Scheuer and Drew Smeall
Alex Mavor, Amelie Hegardt, Benjamin Scheuer and Jessi Lennard
St. James Theatre Associate Artistic Director James Albrecht with writer and performer Benjamin Scheuer
Producer James Seabright with writer and performer Benjamin Scheuer
Director Sean Daniels and Veronika Duerr
Charlie Fink (lead singer of Noah and the Whale) and writer and perfomer Benjamin Scheuer
Alex Manvor, Amelie Hegardt, Benjamin Scheuer and Jessi Lennard