Lillias White, Justin Guarini and More to Join Lyons & Pakchar 9/29 at the NYPL for the Performing Arts
Broadway's Future Songbook Series -- presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul -- begins on Monday, September 29th in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.
Lyons and Pakchar's collaboration began in 2012 when the two met touring on The 1st National Tour of The Book of Mormon - Douglas Lyons an actor onstage and Ethan Pakchar a guitarist in the pit. What began as a friendship bloomed into writing sessions in hotels, dressing rooms and theatres around the country. Since then the two have recorded their debut record #Love (Live), an 11-song album that mixes pop, R&B and theatre to explore "the good, bad and the awkward roller coasters of human relationships." They've played to sold-out audiences at Rockwood Music Hall, The Cutting Room and 54 Below; and most recently were selected for the 2014 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project.Douglas Lyons, who tackles lyrics and music, can currently be seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. His other credits include Pageant, The Book of Mormon Broadway/1st Nat'l & tours of Dreamgirls and Rent. Ethan Pakchar, who crafts music and orchestration, currently holds the guitar chair for the First National Tour of the Book of Mormon and has played for Broadway productions of Wicked, The Book of Mormon & Newsies. The duo have two new musicals in development and hope to diversify the sound of music theatre.
PERFORMERS: Lillias White (The Life), Justin Guarini (American Idiot), Alysha Deslorieux (Beautiful), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Amber Iman (Soul Doctor), Aaron Walpole (Les Miserables), Samantha Marie Ware (The Book of Mormon), Marisha Wallace (Aladdin), Sara King (Hair), Bradley Greer (The Broadway Boys), Ashley Blanchet (Annie), Olithea Anglin (Something Major) and Jonathan Hoard.