A while back I was whining about having no inspiration for a blog post about Composition or Sound Design. I guess that was enough to inspire my muse to dig up these items for you:
One of our favorite composers, Michael Friedman, was featured in the New York Times today. Michael has a history with us going back several years serving in a variety of musical capacities on Blue Demon, Falsettos, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Cherry Orchard. Seems Michael has some great projects currently in development. Congrats Michael!
Slightly off topic - Michael's sister, Marion, was our stage manager for Radio Golf which is now preparing for a short run with a new cast at the McCarter (opens 3/18) before heading off the the great white way later in April. Dan Moses Schrieir, the sound designer, helped us work out a plan to upgrade our aging sound system at the BU Theatre when he was here this past fall. I just received a letter of support from him for a grant proposal we are working up. Thanks Dan! The Broadway folks have offered our subscribers a great deal on tickets, see the sidebar for more info.
Our composer for Persephone, Mark Bennett, just completed months of work on The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center. He spent the last several weeks in the recording studio where he was working on a CD release of his original Music for the production. That's a great souvenir! Congrats Mark! NEW 3/20/07 read this NY Times feature and listen to Mark's work.
John Gromada, who wrote the original music for our current production of Well, this fall's Rabbit Hole, and last season's Carol Mulroney, received a nice nod from critic Charles Isherwood in the NY Times review of Prelude to a Kiss, which just opened at the Roundabout. His original music (and sound design) for Well is a lot of fun; he's got a great sense of humor which comes out in the music, while always supporting what's happening onstage. Congrats John!