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NURSERY SCHOOL AT THE DUKE THEATRE

NURSERY SCHOOL is a song cycle about the lessons parents learn when they send their children to nursery school. It will be performed on October 21st at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street at 7 p.m. as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival! This show will be directed by Brian Freeland and Patrick Sulken is the Music Supervisor. Casting and ticket information will be announced soon.

The parents take the audience along with them on an emotional rollercoaster ride as they undergo experiences common to being a parent of nursery school aged children. For instance, the show begins with "The First Week of School" (demo recording), a song about the difficulty a mother experiences sending her son to nursery school for the first time. In "Daddy, Why Are You Crying?" a father must explain to his daughter what it means that Grandpa died. In "My Name Is Jack's Mom," a mother negociates her current consuming identity as Jack's mom with the poet and wife she had been before parenthood. In "Mother Superior," a well-intentioned mother learns how her shame and frustration in her son and his horrid behavior is only serving to make things worse. In "My Son Wears Dresses," a father reasons out why it should be okay that his son wears dresses and takes a lesson from his son about how to educate others. At their children's nursery school "Graduation," the parents realize that time felt slow, but now it feels fast. The parents acknowledge with pride and amazement that their "babies all are big kids now" and they brace themselves for kindergarten.

THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL AT THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL

Site of the Little Red Lighthouse
(by the NYC foot of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Washington Park)
Saturday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m.
https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/07/summer-on-the-hudson-little-red-lighthouse-festival

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the publication of the book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, I'm excited to join director Brian Freeland and fellow cast members to open this year's Little Red Lighthouse Festival with a presentation of the making of the musical I composed, THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE AND THE GREAT GRAY BRIDGE. We will also be performing selections from the show!

THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE AND THE GREAT GRAY BRIDGE AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Our show was a hit last May at the New-York Historical Society! The house was packed, there was a fantastic mention in the New York Times, and the audience was charmed and delighted. If you missed it, don't worry! The New-York Historical Society will be presenting the show again in the coming year.

SNOW DAY AT LINCOLN CENTER

Also, this past December, I made my Lincoln Center debut. I composed and orchestrated a song called "SNOW DAY," for Holiday Songbook, a concert of original holiday songs by Broadway and up-and-coming Broadway composers. I had the honor of singing this song with Jordan Siwek on piano, Nicholas Alexander Wilson on violin, and Elana Mie Scheiner on cello!