Lonny Price Will Direct Canadian Prom Musical THE LOUDER WE GET at Theatre Calgary
BroadwayWorld has learned that Lonny Price will direct a production of the musical THE LOUDER WE GET at Theatre Calgary as part of their 2019/2020 season. The musical features a book by Kent Staines, Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal and music by Colleen Dauncey. The new musical previously received workshops at the Sheridan College's Canadian Musical Theatre Project which was the incubator which launched COME FROM AWAY.
In addition to creating the role of Charley Kringas in the original Broadway cast of "Merrily We Roll Along," Lonny Price directed Glenn Close in "Sunset Boulevard," Audra McDonald in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" and "110 in the Shade," Danny Glover in "'Master Harold' ... and the Boys," among other Broadway and West End credits.
He also directed the stage and film version of "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert!," for which he won an Emmy. His collaborations with the New York Philharmonic include the Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of "Camelot," "Candide," and "Sweeney Todd" (which earned him another Emmy, as did his production of "Sondheim's Passion").
Price's documentary "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" draws back the curtain on the creation of "Merrily We Roll Along" and tells the stories of the hopeful young actors whose lives were transformed by it. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and was named one of New York Times' Top 10 Films of 2016.
Destined for Broadway, this dazzling new musical follows the compelling and inspirational true story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won't want to miss this electric love story at Theatre Calgary.
The Louder We Get, as Prom Queen the Musical, received developmental workshops at Sheridan College's Canadian Musical Theatre Project, Theatre Aquarius, and the Segal Centre, and debuted in October 2016 as part of the Segal Centre's 2016/17 season in Montreal.
Colleen Dauncey (Music) and Akiva Romer-Segal (Lyrics) are a contemporary musical theatre songwriting team based in Toronto, Canada. They have written the scores to Going Under (Bravo Academy), Scenes From The Bathhouse, Offline (Talk Is Free Theatre), Toronto Fringe hit Bremen Rock City (with librettist Sara Farb), and contributed material to Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age (Theatre Calgary, three Calgary Critics Awards including "Best Production of a Musical"). They wrote the score to Prom Queen: The Musical, which premiered at the Segal Centre in Montreal, received the 2016 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award by the Playwrights Guild Of Canada, and has been showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals (NYC), The Other Palace (London, UK) and The Grand Theatre (London, ON). Their show Rumspringa Break! (with librettist Matt Murray) was workshopped at Sheridan College's Canadian Musical Theatre Project, and premiered at the Next Stage Festival in 2018.
Colleen & Akiva's songs have been performed internationally by cabaret performers, recording artists, and Broadway stars. They were selected as participants in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project in Chicago, the Cutting-Edge Composer series in New York, the Canadian Musical Theatre Writer Collective,Theatre 20's Composium, Musical Stage Company's Noteworthy, Make Me a Song and One Song Glory initiatives. They are grateful for support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Records, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council For the Arts.