Songs from an Unmade Bed Closes Early on June 19
Despite having earnEd Strong notices, lyricist Mark Campbell's Songs from an Unmade Bed will face an early closing on June 19th; the song cycle is currently playing at the New York Theatre Workshop.The show, which started previews on May 12th and opened May 24th, played in repertory with the Leonard Bernstein-centered work Score, which opened on May 1st. Songs from an Unmade Bed, described as a "unique music/theatre event that propels a smart, resilient, wry, and ultimately romantic gay New Yorker through the heartaches and triumphs of love in the big city," is directed by David Schweizer, performed by Michael Winther and features musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby. Neil Patel (sets), David Zinn (costumes), Brian H Scott (lighting) and Michael Creason (sound) are on the design team, with ElizaBeth Miller as the production stage manager.The show is held up by a rather unusual concept, as 17 composers set Campbell's bittersweetly witty lyrics to music. Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby), Mark Bennett (Golda's Balcony), Peter Foley (The Hidden Sky), Jenny Giering (The Mistress Cycle), Peter Golub (Amphigorey), Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking opera), Stephen Hoffman (Splendora), Lance Horne (The Tell-Tale Heart), Gihieh Lee (Tock Tick), Steve Marzullo (Joyce Jackson's Guide to Dating), Brendan Milburn (Striking 12), Chris Miller (The Prodigal Son), Greg Pliska (In a Lake of Fire), Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Jeffrey Stock (Triumph of Love) and Joseph Thalken (Harold & Maude: The Musical) were Campbell's collaborators. Campbell's comic opera based on Volpone premiered at Virginia's Wolf Trap last March; John Musto provided the music to his libretto. With Michael Torke, he wrote The Paradise Project (produced at The Kitchen), Chang & Eng at the Spirit of Broadway Theatre, Akin (with music by Richard Peaslee) at the Music-Theatre Group at La Mama, Light Shall Lift Them at BAM's Next Wave Festival, Nothing Forever at the NYTW Workshop, The Sweet Revenge of Louisa May at the Olney Theatre, Awakening at P.S. 22 and Broken Morning at HERE. The first winner of the Kleban Award, Campbell has also won two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a Drama Desk Award nomination, and a 2004 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award. The New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, (between Second Avenue and Bowery). Tickets can be ordered by calling (212) 239-6200. Visit www.nytw.org for more information on Songs from an Unmade Bed.
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