Photo Flash: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Returns To The Catalina With An All Star Cast!
A Little New Music returned to the Catalina Jazz Club in the heart of Hollywood on Tuesday, March 6 with a stellar lineup of singers and new musical theatre songs. Scroll down for photos from this exciting evening!
The event was hosted by Broadway's J. Elaine Marcos (PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, ANNIE) and "MADTV's" Michelle Ortiz, alongside guest music director, Jan Roper (Hollywood Bowl, Musical Theatre Guild) with musical accompaniment by the ALNM band: Emily Rosenfield, Michael Saucier, and Greg Sadler..
Tom Detrinis started off the night with "Words, Words, Words" by Matthew McCollum, followed by Everjohn Feliciano performing Spencer Robelen's "Grandma's Cooking", and Jessica Reiner-Harris performing "Isn't It Nice" from Jessica Fleitman and Rick Bassett's THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID. Chelsea Rae Bernier and Keir Kirkegaard duetted on "I'd Pick the Sea" from Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor's MODERN, followed by Anthea Neri's performance of JOE SCHMOE SAVES THE WORLD's "Rage" (introduced by its writer, Brett Ryback). Clayton Farris performed Drew Fornarola's MAC Award nominated "Quiet" before reprising his role in Dan Waldkirch and Jeremiah Lowder's SAVE ME A SPOT with "Magic Is Hard," sung by Kate Ponzio. Our guest artist, Chris Pierce, took the stage with his band to deliver "Rocketship Blues" from his show REVEREND TALL TREE'S BLUES OPERA (written with Mark Malone), followed by guest writer Sam Johnides accompanying Alex Nee on the world premiere of "Hey Ho" from The Sam and Tony Show's HAPPILY EVER UNDER. Rona Siddiqui's "I Am Your Matriarch" was performed by the power trio of Benai Boyd, Domonique Paton, and Tiana Okoye. Next, Tony nominee Valarie Pettiford took the stage for Jan Roper and Julie Weiner's "Tahiti" from CITY OF LIGHT (with a little help from Keir Kirkegaard and Kila Packett). Misty Cotton debuted the Kerrigan-Lowdermilk song "Miles to Go" (from The Mad Ones) to a West Coast audience. The evening came to a close with B'way and TV's Deedee Magno Hall, with husband Cliffton Hall and other members of the evening's company, performing "Side By Side" from Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon's musical EXPRESS.
A LITTLE NEW MUSIC (ALNM) is the best two hours of new and unheard musical theater material in Los Angeles. Whether a premiere from an established writer, or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to showcase these talents with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse of the musical theater scene. Since 2013, A Little New Music has introduced an impressive array of over 200 songs by over 125 writing teams. Previous writing teams include Academy and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, LA LA LAND, DEAR EVAN HANSEN) and Sankoff & Hein (COME FROM AWAY) to name a few. LA Weekly says, "A Little New Music is bringing the best of new musical theatre to LA, one song at a time."
featured writer Dan Waldkirch (center) and friends
Laura Nicole Harrison and Keith Harrison
Heather Ayres and friend
Reverend Tall Tree: Sam Meek, Matt DelVecchio, Chris Pierce, Chris Lovejoy (photo: Justin Michael Wilcox)
Chris Pierce (photo: Amy Francis Schott)
The A Little New Music family (photo: Justin Michael Wilcox)