Friday
Jul012016

Benefit Concert for Pulse Orlando! 

*UPDATE* Through ticket sales at the concert we raised $3400 for Equality Florida. Thank you to everyone who attended and lent support!

Having spent the last 4+ years writing a musical about the UpStairs Lounge Fire and living with that forgotten tragedy, I needed to do something productive with all the rage and sadness I still feel about the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

I've put together a benefit concert for monday, July 11th @ 7pm. Rattlestick Theatre has generously offered us their space and we have a mini-army of award winning, amazing Broadway/TV talent to sing the songs from View UpStairs. We will honor the memories of those affected by Pulse and UpStairs, use music to combat homophobia and hatred, celebrate the power of community, and raise money for Equality Florida, which is working directly with the families of those affected by the shooting.

Tickets: $30 - 50 (with the ability to pay/donate more)
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. We have already raised over $1000 from our first day of ticket sales alone. Please come and join us!!
Tickets available: www.theviewupstairsbenefit.bpt.me

Performers include:

Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening)
Frenchie Davis (The Voice, American Idol, Rent)
Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening)
Robin de Jesus (2-time Tony nom. for La Cage, In the Heights)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico, On the Town)
Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour)
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights)
Alex Newell (Glee)
MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent)
Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla)
Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line)
Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie, Hairspray)

Directed by Scott Ebersold
Music Directed by James Dobinson

Thursday
Jun302016

NINCEST @ Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor 

Just returned from a crazy, inspiring, creatively productive retreat @ Berkeley Rep's Groundfloor. Was there writing music for a new show entitled My Father the Speeding Bullet: Nincest, text by Jen Silverman, dir. Mike Donahue, designer Dane Laffrey, and Dito van Reigersberg (aka Martha Grahamcracker).

Also got to rub elbows with some other cool artists like Lauren Yee, Eisa Davis, Joe Waechter, Susan Stanton, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Megan Hill & Amy Staats, Eric Hoff, Josh Lefkowitz, Tori Sampson, SK Kerastas, etc.

We stayed at first at The Rose Garden Inn, a dilapidated and wonderfully tacky mansion filled with fairy statues and Stevie Nicks-esque curtains adorned with flower patterns and plastic pink crystals. I was like- we are actually staying in the Annie Baker John hotel HOORAY. And then like 3 days later, ALL OF THE ROOMS TURNED OUT TO BE INFESTED WITH BEDBUGS, except Jesus took the wheel and I magically emerged unscathed..

BUT before that drama, face masks were had w Megan Hill- and while we purified our skin we poisoned our bodies with unthinkable quantities of gummy candy. If you died and went to hell, pretty sure Satan would look like this:

I wrote a bunch of waltz and lullabies about incest and Anais Nin, saw a transman get fisted on top of a bus stop in public during San Fran Pride, saw Peaches in concert, went to a live S&M demonstration, ate incredible food @ Burma Superstar and Chez Panisse, and got to work with my theatre fam on a new pretty fucking weird queer show. Sometimes being an artist is cool like that.

Thank you Berkeley Rep!

and thank you Jen Silverman for introducing me to Bitmojis. A monster is born.

Thursday
Jun302016

Jo Lampert @ Ars Nova Ant Fest

Vocal superhero and inspiration Jo Lampert ASSASINATED her Ars Nova cabaret (her first but not her last). It's dead. I'm dead, but will continue to live as a happy ghost like Capser.

Was honored to rearrange Little Dragon's Constant Surprises for the show. Other participating arrangers included Shaina Taub, the Bengsons, and more. It was a beautiful show.

With Jo, Jason Kim, alt-cabaret gal Erin Markey, and the brilliant Marin Ireland.

We love you Jo!

 

Thursday
Jun302016

KPOP realnezz

and now with the wondercam filter that makes you look like an alien fetus:

That Helen Park sure knows her way around a pop hook. We slayed and served korean popstar glam the house down @ Ars last month. SO many things I'd love to share but I'd get assassinated by a team of Korean ninjas. Shhhhh!

KPOP is coming........ ;)

Thursday
Jun302016

30 Million Off-Broadway Debut! 

on May 13th, 30 Million (book by Jason Kim, music & lyrics by yrs truly) opened at Theatre Row in the Lion Theatre as a part of Keen Company's Keen Teens Festival. The cast rocked it out. All of my shitty middle and high school experiences have been retroactively vindicated :D

As in every musical I've ever been apart of, I found myself an hour before the show frantically making posters with every possible color of crayola marker I could get my hands on 'cuz UNNECESSARY PROPS MAGICALLY SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS.

Here with my theatre sistah Jason Kim, MD Lena Gabrielle, and genius choreographer Brad Landers.

And then American Theatre Magazine wrote this dope article about it:

http://www.americantheatre.org/2016/05/26/beyond-the-school-play-high-schoolers-take-the-stage-with-keen-teens/

Keen Teens is an amazing program. At this year's Keen Company Gala, using the music from 30 Million, we were able to raise a lot of money for next year. I'm grateful it will be able to continue to thrive and inspire.

See above: future theatre star Melody Munitz