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Joey Contreras is a musical theatre and pop songwriter originally from California. He is internationally known for his first album Love Me, Love Me Not, which featured an all-star lineup of Broadway talent and spawned performances of his music around the world, including the US, Australia, London, South Korea, Germany and Japan. In 2014, his second and more pop-focused album, Young Kind of Love, immediately debuted in the iTunes Pop Charts. Out Magazine labeled the sophomore effort “sexy and catchy,” and branded Joey a “Broadway-pop crossover extraordinaire.” In 2016, Joey wrote the music and lyrics for the Disney Junior animated short, “Kiwi’s First Flight,” featured in the series, “Lights, Camera, Lexi!”

Hailed as one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know,” Joey is a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and his musicals with bookwriter/lyricist, Kate Thomas, include All The Kids Are Doing It (Provincetown Playhouse, Tisch, IWU, O’Neill NMTC Finalist), Forget Me Not (The Dare Tactic, dir. Catie Davis) and Elements. Additionally he is working on Heartbreakers in Hell with bookwriter/lyricist Benjamin Halstead. He also has written the music and lyrics for the song-cycle, In Pieces (originally presented at Lincoln Center).

As a strong supporter of arts education, Joey has served as Artist-in-Residence with Broadway Dreams Foundation and has contributed original music and arrangements to Broadway in South Africa. He also regularly teaches masterclasses with The Growing Studio in New York. Joey is an alumnus from the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (2010 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Scholarship Recipient) and the 2017 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. His music is regularly heard in popular New York concert venues such as 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre.

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Meet BroadwayWorld Next On Stage's Season 4 College And High School Top 15

On December 1st, host Ben Cameron and the esteemed panel of judges on BroadwayWorld's Next On Stage revealed the High School and College Top 15. Next on Stage is Broadway's biggest national competition for high school and college students. Meet the top 15 contestants!

Review: VINCENT RODRIGUEZ III AND FRIENDS Sing For Maui at The Green Room 42

Last Tuesday night at the Green Room 42, LA TI DO Productions put on an enormous show of talent to benefit victims of the fires in Maui.

Liisi LaFontaine, Stephanie Torns, and Antonio Cipriano Will Lead Industry Reading of New Musical IN PIECES

The new musical In Pieces with book, music, and lyrics by Joey Contreras will receive a private, invite-only, industry reading on Oct. 6 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Learn more about the reading here!

New Musical HEARTBREAKERS IN HELL Receives Workshop Production at NYU

A workshop production of the new musical Heartbreakers in Hell will be presented by NYU Steinhardt's Program in Vocal Performance. Learn more about the workshop and how to purchase tickets here!

Danny Burstein, Martyna Majok, Helen Park and More Join Dramatists Guild BroadwayCon Panels - Full Programming Set

Get exclusive access to Broadway legends Danny Burstein, Martyna Majok, Helen Park, and more as they share their insights and experiences in panels at BroadwayCon. Join in for an inside look at the world of theater and learn from the best in the industry.

IN PIECES by Joey Contreras to be Presented by Bridgetown Conservatory in July

Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre has revealed the cast of its July 2023 production of In Pieces by Joey Contreras.

Interview: Natalie Weiss visits Minneapolis!

Natalie Weiss gained an international following from her performance videos and popular YouTube web series, 'Breaking Down The Riffs,' which have collectively reached over 4 million views.

David Yazbek, ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER DEBUT!, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

2023 Musical Writers Festival Announces Keynote Speaker Joey Contreras and Additional Events

The 2023 Musical Writers Festival, sponsored by, has announced its upcoming event on Friday, July 14, through Saturday, July 15, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown.

Yazbeck & Della Penna's DEAD OUTLAW, LANGSTON IN HARLEM, and More to Play 54 Below in May

Next month, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and expand the art of the cabaret, honor the music of Broadway, and provide an unparalleled experience to diverse communities.

Andy Mientus, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Will Roland, Jelani Remy, and More Will Perform in RAISE YOUR VOICE Benefit

Raise Your Voice: A Cabaret for a Cure, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will take place at 7:00 pm Sunday, May 7, 2023 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St).

Review: TCU SENIOR AND ALUMNI SHOWCASE Fills Me With Hometown Pride at 54Below

Last week, it was with great joy that I went to 54 Below to see the TCU Department of Theatre Senior and Alumni Showcase. As about half of the performers were graduating seniors, it isn't really fair to review the evening, but there was so much talent on the stage it is an event that should be noted. These are performers we will definitely be seeing in New York again, and soon.

Jess Darrow, Sojourner Brown & More to Join Rob Morean for ALL IN GOOD COMPANY at The Cutting Room

Stars of stage and screen will join host and survivor, Rob Morean on stage for his debut New York City Visionaries of the Year performance, All in Good Company – a night of music, drag, laughs, and philanthropy.

Robert Bannon & Alyssa Wray to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY at the Triad Theatre

Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway will continue its one-year celebration on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the Triad Theatre at 8:00 pm. Joining the continuing anniversary show as special guests are musical theater singing sensation Robert Bannon and American Idol Season 19 Top 10 finalist Alyssa Wray.

Musical Based on LES MIZ's Gavroche Will Get Industry Reading

Producer and Disney music vet Mitchell Leib will present an invite-only Equity presentation of Bonnie Gleicher's (book, music, and lyrics) new musical Gavroche, directed by Catie Davis and music direction by Adam Laird on Thursday, October 20.

Shereen Pimentel, Darius Jordan Lee & More Join 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced additional casting for their 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which returns in person and takes place on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022 at New World Stages.

National Alliance For Musical Theatre Announces Initial Casting and Additional Programming For FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced preliminary casting and additional programming for their 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which returns in person and takes place on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022, at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Robin De Jesús Will Host Latiné Musical Theatre Lab's First Annual Benefit Concert

The Latiné Musical Theatre Lab, a new organization that develops and advocates for new Latiné-written works of musical theatre in order to radically change who gets to tell musical stories on stages across the country, is presenting its first ever Benefit Concert. 

Rob Evan, Donnie Kehr & More to Join LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY for Anniversary Show at the Triad Theater

The popular Broadway talk show Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway will celebrate its one-year anniversary with two celebratory shows on Monday, September 26 and October 17 at 9:30 pm at the Triad Theater.

LIVE WITH RYE & FRIENDS ON BROADWAY To Celebrate 1 Year Anniversary With Two Star-Studded Shows At The Triad Theater

The popular weekly in-person Broadway talk show Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway will celebrate its one year with a special anniversary show on Monday, September 26 at 9:30 pm at the popular off-Broadway venue, The Triad Theater.

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