A FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
JANUARY 27 — FEBRUARY 18
3 New Musicals!
Thursday, January 27 @ 3pm & 7pm • Friday, January 28 @ 7pm
book and lyrics by Gabe Caruso
music by Sangwoo Lee
directed by Christopher Scott
Mark, a 17 year old product of the darker side of the foster system, moves in with his best friend, Lily, and her father, John. A hip-hop rom-com, Settle Down explores the concept of family and the hidden secrets that separate and bind them.
WINNER! 2021 Eric H. Weinberger Emerging Librettist Award
Sponsored by Ben Gadon, Marvin Kahan, and Steve Sagman
Thrusday, February 10 @ 3pm & 7pm • Friday, Februry 11 @ 7pm
book and lyrics by Eric Sorrels
book and Music by Cheeyang Ng
music director Nate Hopkins
directed by Arpita Mukherjee
Set in the twilight of the British Raj, Māyā tells the story of a young poet finding her purpose within Gandhi’s non-violent Indian Independence movement.
Winner of the 2020 Eric H. Weinberger Emerging Librettist Award
Sponsored by Kermitt Brooks, and Steve Sagman, The Dramatists Guild and Frank Young Fund for New Musicals
Thursday, February 17 @ 3pm & 7PM • Friday, February 18 @ 7pm
The Music and Lyrics of Julie Mandel
music and lyrics by: Julie Mandel
conceived and music directed by: Denise Puricelli
directed by: Jennifer Delac
A tribute to nonagenarian Julie Mandel: a wonderful, high-spirited woman who left her childhood home in 1947 to come to New York City and pursue her dream of becoming a composer and lyricist. For over 75 years, she has created a wealth of beautiful music from classical to jazz to musical theatre and is still going strong as she approaches her 100th Birthday.
Sponsored by Eric Krebs
3 Special Events!
Amas Benefit Performance
MONDAY, JANUARY 31 @ 7pm
Wine/Dessert Reception to follow
4 GUYS NAMED JOSÉ
...and Una Mujer Named María
THE MARÍA REMIX CONCERT
book by Dolores Prida and David Coffman
additional rap lyrics by Audry Funk
original musical arrangements Oscar Hernandez
music directions and additional arrangements Jaime Lozano
directed and choreographed by María Torres
A remix concert of the 2000 Off-Broadway hit, the 4 Guys return to help present day rapper and songwriter María to find her Latin identity and the true meaning of home.
Sponsored by Wilette Klausner, Neal Rubinstein, Jeffrey Schor and Alexandra Trinkoff
CABARET EVENTS • Saturday, February 5 @ 8pm • Sunday, February 6 @ 3pm
DANCING WITH DICTATORS
written by and starring Luis Santeiro
percussion Rex Benincasa
music director Paul Greenwood
directed by Ron Torres
Luis Santeiro expands on his one-man show Found in Translation and returns to his roots to explore the loss of home. Forced to leave Cuba at age 12, he was determined to become all-American and put his Latin past behind. Using song and stories from his memoir Dancing with Dictators, Luis celebrates the added richness in being a blend of two cultures.
Sponsored by Francine Gordon
Saturday, February 12 @ 8pm
I WANNA BE EVIL
The Eartha Kitt Story
written by JR Lynn
starring Jennelle Randell
Orson Welles called her “the most exciting woman in the world”. But in 1968, she was blacklisted after “making the First Lady cry.” I Wanna Be Evil chronicles the iconic Eartha Kitt from a destitute childhood to a storied career in the theatre and Hollywood.
Sponsored by Sharleen Cooper Cohen