This free, two-day event features selected composers and lyricists presenting their original works-in-progress for professional critique with accompanying expert panel discussions composed of prominent musical theatre guests including producers, directors, performers and composers.
Wednesday, February 7
The Bully Problem
Book, music, and lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro
Fourteen-year-old math whiz Kevin Djikstra just wants to study calculus and avoid people, but is drawn into a struggle between the smart kids and bullies at his new junior high. A story about about nerds, thugs, and a well-intentioned but buggy android.
Thursday, February 8
Book, music and lyrics by Julian Hornik
Tenn is a new musical based on the early life of Tennessee Williams, from his years trapped in St. Louis with a family in collapse, to his formative months living in the Old French Quarter of New Orleans, and the careless summer in California that followed. These were the seemingly aimless days of his youth, when a young nobody named Tom Williams discovered who he was and wasn’t, and in his wandering found Tennessee.
Read the program notes here.