New Stitt & Kirshenbaum musical, Sing Me A Happy Song, to have private workshop at Goodspeed Musicals Feb. 8th-11th

New Stitt & Kirshenbaum musical, Sing Me A Happy Song, to have private workshop at Goodspeed Musicals Feb. 8th-11th

SING ME A HAPPY SONG, an original musical revue by composer-lyricists Georgia Stitt and David Kirshenbaum, is a collection of funny, moving, theatrical songs about discovery and surprise at the twists and turns one faces in life.  Conceived for a cast of two men and three women, the show takes us for an emotional ride on the roller-coaster of human experience and shows how, ultimately, all roads can lead to happiness.

Following a week of initial work at the writers' retreat last month at TheatreWorks in California, SING ME A HAPPY SONG takes the next step forward in its development with a workshop at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT the week of Feb. 8th.  The in-house presentation is being funded, in part, through a grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative and is tied to a pilot program for the incipient Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute.

The performers Kate Baldwin, Anastasia Barzee, Ta'Rea Campbell, Graham Rowat and Wayne Wilcox will be joining director John Ruocco to explore a new collection of material written by Stitt, by Kirshenbaum, and by both of them together.  The creative collaboration is taking a unique shape because each of the authors is known for writing both music and lyrics.  The revue will be comprised partly of songs they have written individually and partly of songs they have been working on as a team. 

David Kirshenbaum wrote the score for
Summer of '42 (book by Hunter Foster), which premiered at Goodspeed-at-Chester before moving off-Broadway, and for which he received a grant from the Jonathan Larson Foundation. Other shows include Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (book by Myles McDonnell), and the upcoming Party Come Here (book by Daniel Goldfarb). Through a grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, he is currently artist-in-residence at Goodspeed Musicals.

Georgia Stitt has written the musicals
Lizan with Bil Wright and
The Water with Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko, as well as the song cycle Alphabet City Cycle with Marcy Heisler.  She has written several choral pieces, including A Better Resurrection, commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and numerous cabaret songs.  Georgia is also currently writing Big Red Sun with John Jiler and a collection of songs with Sam Davis.

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