Derek Schwabe

Derek Schwabe Derek Schwabe recently re-located to New York City from Washington, DC. A New Jersey native, Derek has always valued music and theater, with his own stage experience equally divided between drama and choral performance. Elated to have Broadway World as a creative outlet, he writes and designs for the global development organization, Synergos, by day.


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BWW Review: BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) Sounds a Call for Justice and Healing at Theatre AllianceBWW Review: BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) at Theatre Alliance
Posted: Sep. 22, 2016


BWW Review: MEDICINE THE MUSICAL at HERE Arts CenterBWW Review: MEDICINE THE MUSICAL at HERE Arts Center
November 19, 2018

Endless life and death scenarios, surging stress-levels, super-charged power dynamics and noble heroes in pristine white coats: we could fill waiting rooms with all the reasons why medicine is one of the most reliable modern storytelling backdrops. Take General Hospital, House, Grey's Anatomy, and more recently, New Amsterdam and The Good Doctor as evidence. It's surprising that a show like Medicine the Musical, written by Michael Ehrenreich and directed by Joey Murray, hasn't already claimed the gaping hospital-shaped space waiting on the Broadway stage (and no, that one musical episode of Scrubs doesn't count). But despite impressive performances from its cast, band, and production team at HERE Arts Center, this rock musical will need some serious re-writing if it hopes to fill it.

BWW Review: THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS at Kraine TheaterBWW Review: THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS at Kraine Theater
October 26, 2017

This dark new play from Christie Perfetti Williams lingers over a multi-tiered intersection of vulnerable identities, confronting the devastating consequences of a near-future scenario that's all too easy to imagine.

BWW Review: BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) Sounds a Call for Justice and Healing at Theatre AllianceBWW Review: BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) Sounds a Call for Justice and Healing at Theatre Alliance
September 22, 2016

'He was not.' A grieving grandmother repeatedly belts that powerful phrase across the audience from the opening scene of 'Brownsville Song (b-side for tray)'-an emphatic repudiation of the 10 second newsflash that has gutted the soul out of her dead grandson, Tray (Sideeq Heard). Another young, black life cut short on the jagged streets of Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood--same old story that flashes across TV screens and dots the local section of newspapers every day. But he, she insists, was not. Was not what? The phrase is never fully finished, but as 'Brownsville Song' plays on, you find yourself wondering less about what Tray wasn't, and reveling more in what he was.