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Songwriter performer BENJAMIN SCHEUER is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. He is the writer/performer of the one-man musical THE LION. The music video for his song “The Lion” has won prizes at the Annecy Film Festival, The Crystal Palace Festival, and the British Animation Awards. (director/animator Peter Baynton) Scheuer has been a writer-in-residence at the Goodspeed Theater, the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop, and is the curator of the Cornelia Street Cafe Songwriter Series in New York City. He records and performs with his band Escapist Papers, whose second album The Bridge (produced by Geoff Kraly) was released in 2014, and features music from THE LION. Scheuer lives in New York City

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Off-Broadway, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2014

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[Off-Broadway, 2014]

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World Premiere Of A MOUNTAIN FOR ELODIE Comes to the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Funny and heartbreaking, A MOUNTAIN FOR ELODIE is the new 75-minute solo musical from internationally renowned songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, creator of THE LION and winner of the Drama Desk for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Ana Villafañe, Joel Perez & More to Star In AZUL: A Bilingual Musical At Joe's Pub

JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater will present Katerina McCrimmon (The Rose Tattoo), Robi Hager (Spring Awakening), Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), Joel Perez (Fun Home), Martin Sola (The King and I, On Your Feet!), Henry Gainza (On Your Feet!), Florencia Cuenca, & More in AZUL: A Bilingual Musical!

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, MOBY DICK & More Set for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis 2023-24 Season

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has announced its 2023-2024 season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Album Review: Ari Axelrod Lives & Breathes & Sings At Birdland on ARI AXELROD LIVE AT BIRDLAND

In all, my angels, ARI AXELROD LIVE AT BIRDLAND is one of the best LIVE albums this rainbow writer has heard… maybe ever.

Expand Your Theatre Knowledge in the New Year with BroadwayHD

You might already know that BroadwayHD is home to recordings of blockbuster musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Cats, but have you heard of these other, lesser-known gems? Kick off the new year by watching one of the titles below — you might end up discovering a new favorite!

Cincinnati Playhouse Presents THE LION Beginning This Month

THE LION, an acoustic storytelling event, comes from the London stage for an exclusive engagement with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park beginning Nov. 12. The genre-redefining musical will run through Dec. 4 at Warsaw Federal Incline Theater in Price Hill. Opening night is Nov. 17.   

Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos at Joe's Pub with The Skivvies & More

Joe’s Pub has announced upcoming shows fom October 18 - November 7. Join The Spooky Celebration With The Fourth Annual Bowery Boys Halloween Ghost Story Live Show, shows From Renee Goust & Epic Players, plus more. 

Review: Simply Put, THE LION Must Be Seen and Heard at Arizona Theatre Company

The confluence of Ben's songwriting eloquence and his gritty tale of survival makes THE LION a worthy visit to the theater. Max Alexander-Taylor delivers a commanding performance that features a resonant tenor and a remarkable facility with five guitars. A confident actor, he has a natural gift for storytelling, though much of the nuanced execution can be ascribed to the deft staging ideas of Alex Stenhouse and Sean Daniels, who collaborated on THE LION'S revival.

Interview: THE LION Team Talks Arizona Premiere, Evolution of Musical Theatre, at Arizona Theatre Company

ALEX: You were playing Ben, you weren't playing Benjamin. That's a big distinction. In the writing of THE LION in various iterations of the show, you turned your life into various crafted anecdotes for the best dramatic effect for the story. There's always gonna be a slight level of making the story a little bit more compelling for an audience. What we did is we took what's on the page and built a character around it. So we built the character of Ben out of the script organically, with Max in the rehearsal room, rather than trying to recreate who Benjamin was. We created Ben off the page.

Signature Theatre Names Melis Aker Inaugural LaunchPad Resident Playwright

Signature Theatre has announced its first-ever LaunchPad Resident—playwright, actor, and musician Melis Aker—inaugurating the new program that supports diverse early-career playwrights and expands the organization’s singular mission of producing a body of work by each resident writer.

Ars Nova and PlayCo Present World Premiere of Melis Aker's HOUND DOG in October

Ars Nova and PlayCo will present the world premiere of HOUND DOG by 2019 Ars Nova resident artist Melis Aker. Directed by Machel Ross with music by Aker and the Lazours, this cross-cultural jam-session-meets-play explores the winding path towards forgiveness and belonging.

FANE Passes on the Programming Baton of London's Crazy Coqs

Fane, the independent programmer of Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel in Piccadilly, has announced that after six very happy years programming the venue, they will be passing on the programming baton at the end of 2022.

PlayCo Announces Productions Through Fall 2023, Including the World Premiere of 9 KINDS OF SILENCE & More

PlayCo has announced its programming through 2023—three plays that, in radically disparate styles, offer generous and probing explorations of human connection across the complexities of geopolitics, cultural identity, and elaborate workplace lunches.

Ars Nova Announces 'Name Your Price' Tickets for 20th Anniversary Season

Ars Nova has announced details for its 20th Anniversary Season, which introduces the What’s Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price ticket initiative.

Arizona Theatre Company to Open 55th Season With THE LION

The Lion, a one-man folk musical telling a true story of survival, will open Arizona Theatre Company's 55th season after its run at Southwark Playhouse in London. The show will be directed by Kasser Family Artistic Director Sean Daniels alongside Alex Stenhouse, with actor, singer, and musician Max Alexander-Taylor starring in the lead role of Ben.

Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery, Hannah Corneau, The Skivvies & More to be Featured in Joe's Pub Fall Programming

Joe’s Pub has announced fall programming. This season presents incredible performances from Latine artists: Afro-Cuban jazz grooves from Dayramir González, an evening of Latin alternative music with Jessica Medina & Mai-Elka Prado, and more.

Feature: Transatlantic Team Revives Powerful One-Man Musical

'I see THE LION very much about what it was like for me to turn thirty, about how I became myself. When I began writing the show, in 2012, I was very much the-son-to-the-father. As of now, in London 2022, my wife and I are expecting our second child, a son. When I performed THE LION one last time (Southwark Playhouse, May 2022), it was the first and only time I've performed the show as a father. During that performance, I understood the character of 'Dad' in a very different way. I also realized that young-writer-me wrote Dad and Cancer as very similar characters; quasi-mythical external forces that controlled Ben and couldn't be reasoned with.'

Photos: First Look at THE LION, Now Playing at Southwark Playhouse

All new production photos have been released from The Lion, opening tonight at Southwark Playhouse.

THE LION at Southwark Playhouse Cancels Upcoming Performances Due to Non Covid Medical Emergency

THE LION at Southwark Playhouse has canceled press night tonight and Saturday’s matinee due to a non covid medical emergency.

Arizona Theatre Company Announces 2022-2023 Season

Arizona Theatre Company's 55th season is taking the stage! Productions will take place in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art, followed by a Phoenix run at the Herberger Theater Center. Find out all the schedules and how to get tickets.


Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Lion , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Lion , John Gassner Playwrighting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion and Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for The Lion .

Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for The Lionand Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for The Lion.

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