NEO 2019 - March 4 @ York Theatre

We are excited to announce that we will be a part of this one-night-only benefit performance of NEO 2019: A Concert Celebration of Emerging Musical Theatre Writers on March 4th at The York Theatre Company.

NEO (an acronym for 'New, Emerging, Outstanding') celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of musicals. Since 2012, each season's NEO program has focused on a smaller group of writers, presenting multiple songs by each in a kickoff concert, followed by a series of fully-funded readings of works in progress.

BroadwayWorld article



Look Up concert returns to The Green Room 42

Following our sold-out concert last April, we are thrilled to bring our LOOK UP concert back to The Green Room 42 on Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Jr Day. Hope you can join us for this celebration of love, life, diversity, culture, and humanity, featuring songs from our musicals BORDERS, EXPRESS, and KIBBY THE SPACE DOG.

McGuire & Simon: LOOK UP
Monday, January 21st @ 7pm
The Green Room 42
570 10th Ave (at 42nd St)
4th Floor inside YOTEL
Food & beverages available -- no minimum


Krystina Alabado (American Idiot, The Mad Ones, This Ain’t No Disco)
John Charles McLaughlin (The Happiest Millionaire, Express - NY Transit Museum)
Joél Pérez (Fun Home, Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Wild Goose Dreams)
Destinee Rea (The Book of Mormon, Amélie)
Omer Shàish (Voca People, Kol Esperanza)
Sarah Ziegler Blair (Sweeney Todd - Piper Theater, Express - NY Transit Museum)


Publication in THE DRAMATIST

A four-page excerpt from BORDERS was published in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of The Dramatist, a national magazine devoted to the business and craft of writing for theatre, published by the Dramatists Guild of America.


Holiday Salon 2018

In December we produced our annual holiday salon featuring performances and original songs by artists in our community. We raised money for two causes inspired by BORDERS: The Anti-Defamation League which combats anti-Semitism, and the youth theatre program at Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus, which we discovered during our recent research trip. for BORDERS.

BORDERS Research Trip #2

In October/November we spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine conducting further research for BORDERS. We sat down with dozens of contacts on both sides of the wall and from all political stripes, including former IDF soldiers, anti-occupation activists, settlement supporters, queer Palestinians, displaced refugees, as well as the filmmakers of our source material The Bubble and their circle of LGBTQ artist friends in Tel Aviv. 

DGF Fellowship Final Presentation

On October 15 we performed three songs from BORDERS in the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship Final Presentation at Playwrights Horizons.

The presentation starred Joél Pérez, Omer Shaish, Sharone Sayegh, and Kayley Anne Collins.

DGF Chairs were Michael Korie, Laurence O’Keefe, Diana Son, and Sheri Wilner.

Photos by Walter McBride for BroadwayWorld.

BORDERS Presentation at New York Theatre Barn 9/4

On Tuesday, September 4th we presented 35 minutes of BORDERS as part of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series @ The Cell.

Starring: Omer Shaish, Joél Pérez, Krystina Alabado, and John Charles McLaughlin, with Kayley Anne Collins, Kevin Necciai, and Robbie Torres.

Photos by Michael Bonasio.

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Residency at Goodspeed Musicals

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.


April 30th Concert Announced

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


Christmas Salon 2017

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're 2017-2018 Dramatists Guild Fellows!

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

With our fellow incoming Fellows!  The Annual Fellows Presentation of New Works on September 18, 2017  Photos by Dramatists Guild Foundation

With our fellow incoming Fellows!  The Annual Fellows Presentation of New Works on September 18, 2017

Photos by Dramatists Guild Foundation

EXPRESS at New York Film Academy

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.

With the wonderful cast!

With the wonderful cast!

Writing new song "Look Up" - Photo by Makayla Benedict

Writing new song "Look Up" - Photo by Makayla Benedict


"Side By Side" Radio Premiere - 7/9/17

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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 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.

EXPRESS (1946) in Sound Bites 4.0

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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