On Tuesday, September 4th we presented 35 minutes of BORDERS as part of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series @ The Cell.
We spent the first week of August in residency at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT. Goodspeed is a Tony Award-winning regional theatre dedicated to the history and advancement of the American musical. We had a very productive week working on the macro-structure of BORDERS, turning out pages of new dialogue, and meeting with the Goodspeed producing staff and dramaturg.
McGuire & Simon: Look Up
Monday, April 30th at 9:30pm
The Green Room 42
570 10th Ave (at 42nd St)
4th Floor inside YOTEL
Food & beverages available -- no minimum
Starring Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones, American Idiot), Kennedy Caughell (Beautiful, Great Comet), John Charles McLaughlin (The Happiest Millionaire), Joel Perez (Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Fun Home), Destinee Rea (Amelie), and Colton Ryan (Dear Evan Hansen) with a six-piece band.
Featuring songs from our musicals BORDERS, EXPRESS, and KIBBY THE SPACE DOG
Some fun stuff coming up in March!
3/5 Contemporary Musical Theatre concert featuring Marialena DiFabbio singing "Side By Side"
3/6 A Little New Music concert featuring Deedee Magno Hall singing "Side By Side"
3/8 BMI Smoker featuring Arri Lawton Simon singing "Waiting Tables"
3/8-3/10 World premiere of KIBBY THE SPACE DOG, our new commission musical for young audiences
Our year in two minutes!
Our friends and colleagues brought their best holiday songs to the 3rd ever McGuire & Simon Christmas Salon on December 15, 2017 in Astoria. We premiered two songs: "I Could Get Used To This" (from BORDERS) and "Wonderland." Also featured in the program were performances by Christiana Cole, Marialena diFabbio, Jessica Fleitman & Rick Bassett, Cleo Handler & Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Laura Kleinbaum & Willem Oosthuysen, and Andy Roninson.
We are excited to announce we have been named 2017-2018 Dramatists Guild Fellows for development of our show BORDERS. The Fellows program is a selective, nine-month intensive for musical theatre writers and playwrights, chaired by Michael Korie, Laurence O' Keefe), and Diana Son. Our show was one of three musicals chosen for development in the fellowship this year.
Here's a link to the Broadway World article
An expanded version of EXPRESS was workshopped this summer at the New York Film Academy with a performance open to the public on Saturday, August 5th at 2pm.
EXPRESS - an immersive musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon
Directed by Travis Greisler
Musical Direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross
PERFORMANCE: 8/5 at 2pm at New York Film Academy, downtown NYC
New song "Look Up" was added to the show for this production.
Our song "Side By Side" will be played on the radio on Sunday July 9th as part of WFUV's "Sunday Supper", guest-hosted by Christine Lavin. Tune in shortly after 5pm to hear our brand new recording featuring Marialena DiFabbio on lead vocals!
Christine Lavin will also be interviewing David Hein, co-author of COME FROM AWAY, and playing songs from other new musicals. Don't miss it!
WFUV 90.7FM in NYC
www.wfuv.org online streaming
"Side by Side" from EXPRESS
Words & music by Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon
Lead vocal by Marialena DiFabbio
Background vocals by Kellie Cullinan, Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon
Guitar by Jake Ezra Schwartz
Produced by Reed Robins
"Side By Side" comes from the 1964 segment of EXPRESS in which the characters are on their way to the World's Fair in Flushing, Queens. The song is a teenage girl's response to her mother's racial biases, and a call for equality and acceptance of all people.
On Monday May 29th we presented the 1946 segment of EXPRESS in Sound Bites, an annual festival of 10-minute musicals. This was the first time any of EXPRESS was staged in a traditional, non-immersive setting on the gorgeous Irene Diamond Stage at Signature Center Pershing Square.
Starring John Charles McLaughlin as "Joe", Sarah Ziegler Blair as "Kitty", Kellie Cullinan as "Evelyn", and Arri Lawton Simon as "The Conductor"
Featuring Ava Arkin, Frank Hartley, Mary Malaney, Noah Steiner, Dani Young
and Gabe Valle (violin), Nathalie Barret-Mas (violin), Hannah Selin (viola), Ansel Cohen (cello)
Directed by Rose Ginsberg