The Pleasing Recollection (2022)
Martin and I have been Martin and I have been working on a Cabaret Opera for Baritone & Piano that will be workshopped at the National Opera Center in September, 2021 with additional development followed by a South Florida premiere in early April, 2022 at the Helmerich Theater in Key West. After that there will be a New York premiere at Feinstein’s 54 Below in April, 2022. The stage director is my dear friend & colleague Murphy Davis. It will star the amazing singer Michael Kelly with accompaniment by the flawless fingers of Benedicte Jourdois.
A 75-minute story in song, the piece recalls a series of youthful experiences I had early in my performing arts career, when I began as a student at New York University, through my mid-20’s working in piano bars & then as a studio musician and rehearsal pianist. Along the way I met some notable figures in music & theater as I negotiated the journey. Set in the mid-1970’s through the early 1980’s it was both an extraordinary but dangerous time to be New York.
An Incident in Sutton Square (April, 2021)
A new production of Martin and my opera-theater monologue as part of a four short operas program reimagined for the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater in Knoxville, TN
Tandy Talks Tennessee (March, 2021)
As an Artistic Associate of the Tennessee Williams Key West Museum I produce an event each March as part of the month-long celebration of Tennessee Williams Birthday. This year I sit down with Tandy Cronyn, actor and daughter of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn who both were influential figures in the life of Tennessee Williams.
West Side Story: A Cultural Perspective on an American Tragedy with Stephen Kitsakos
ONLINE WORKSHOP: 3 MONDAYS APR 12-26, 4-5:30PM EST
Is it racism that precipitated the tragedy in West Side Story and not just miscommunication as in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet? How does the marginalization of outsiders keep repeating itself in the story of America? How did four gay men: Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents & Robbins create a musical which captures the universality of the immigrant experience and provide the basis for racial conflict in mid-20th century urban life?