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Ben Bonnema

 
Bio:
Ben Bonnema is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer-lyricist. The New Yorker recently raved about his show THE APPLE BOYS, calling it "a bushelful of delights" and that he wrote "clever, catchy songs." It had its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in November 2018 (book by Jonothon Lyons). ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Ben Bonnema is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer-lyricist. The New Yorker recently raved about his show THE APPLE BOYS, calling it "a bushelful of delights" and that he wrote "clever, catchy songs." It had its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in November 2018 (book by Jonothon Lyons). ... (read complete bio)

 

Ben Bonnema Biography

Ben Bonnema is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer-lyricist. The New Yorker recently raved about his show THE APPLE BOYS, calling it "a bushelful of delights" and that he wrote "clever, catchy songs." It had its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in November 2018 (book by Jonothon Lyons). According to Alan Cumming, ?The Apple Boys have managed to reinvent the barbershop form for the 21st Century. They?re hilarious, clever and, of course, sound beautiful.? Ben wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a full-length musical within a mobile game that's been played by nearly two million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times, and had a three-week showcase production at the Musical Theatre Factory in midtown Manhattan (Feb 2015). Other full-length: ONE WAY with Christopher Staskel, which had a reading at Playwrights Horizons via the Musical Theatre Factory and was developed at Goodspeed Writers Colony & Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (it was also a 2017 Yale Institute Finalist and 2018 NAMT Finalist), and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE and supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer's solo album I'm Hip. As Music Associate to Marc Shaiman, he worked on the Disney film Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Oscar Nom. for Best Score), as well as the Broadway show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a B.A. in Music Composition from Whitworth University. He's a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, Local 802, and is a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory.




Ben Bonnema News

Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award Photo Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company will present the eighteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Julia Riew.

Amas Musical Theatre Lab Will Present Staged Readings Of 'MńÄYńÄ - A New Musical in A Photo Amas Musical Theatre Lab Will Present Staged Readings Of 'MńÄYńÄ - A New Musical in August
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2022

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of MńÄYńÄ, a new musical, with book and music by Eric Sorrels and book and lyrics by Cheeyang Ng.

Paul Rudnick To Recieve P.R.I.D.E. Performing Arts Award from Playthings Theatre Photo Paul Rudnick To Recieve P.R.I.D.E. Performing Arts Award from Playthings Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - May 3, 2022

The Playthings Theatre, an LGBTQ+ Theatre Company in New York City, will be performing its gala concert PlayFresh on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm at The Irish Repertory Theatre. PlayFresh is an evening of new LGBTQ+ music performed by the community's finest performers. Playthings will be honoring Paul Rudnick with The P.R.I.D.E. Performing Arts Award for his contribution to theatre and the LGBTQ+ community.

Photos: Isabella Dawis & Tidtaya Sinutoke Receive the 2022 Fred Ebb Award Photo Photos: Isabella Dawis & Tidtaya Sinutoke Receive the 2022 Fred Ebb Award
by Jennifer Broski - May 3, 2022

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company presented the seventeenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to the team of Isabella Dawis & Tidtaya Sinutoke.

New Date Announced For 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Presentation Photo New Date Announced For 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Presentation
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, will be presented to the team of Isabella Dawis & Tidtaya Sinutoke by Heidi Blickenstaff and Julia Murney on Monday May 2nd from 6-8pm at a by-invitation-only ceremony at Bond 45. T

17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Ceremony Postponed Photo 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Ceremony Postponed
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2021

 The Fred Ebb Foundation has announced that their Fred Ebb Award ceremony, previously set for January 3rd, 2022 at Birdland Jazz Club, has been postponed. 

17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Recipients Announced Photo 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Recipients Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2021

The Fred Ebb Foundation will present the seventeenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to the team of Isabella Dawis & Tidtaya Sinutoke. The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, will be presented on Monday January 3rd, 2022, at a by-invitation-only ceremony at Birdland Jazz Club

Directors and Music Directors Announced For the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS Photo Directors and Music Directors Announced For the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2021

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s directors and music directors for the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021.

Applications for 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Now Available Photo Applications for 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Now Available
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 26, 2021

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company announced today that applications for the seventeenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters are now available. Applications will be accepted from June 1 - June 30, 2021. The winner will be selected in November of 2021.

The 4th Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals Announces Its Winning Selections and  Photo The 4th Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals Announces Its Winning Selections and Event Details for June 2021
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 1, 2021

Excitement is in the air as The Winter Park Playhouse announces the six winning selections for the 4th annual Florida Fesival of New Musicals now scheduled for June 24 - 27, 2021. The Festival, which showcases new musical theatre works, is one of very few in the nation and certainly the only one of its kind in the Southeast region.