New York Theatre Barn will present new work by Chicago starlit writers Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, and fresh voice Alexander Sage Oyen at a special installment of its new works platform NYTB in the D-Lounge on November 12 as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery, NYTB Benefits Sandy.
“It just makes sense for NYTB to jump in and participate. We consider ourselves a family of new musical theater writers, actors, and producers – what better way is there to give back than one family to another,” Producing Director Jason Najjoum says. “The kind folks at the Daryl Roth Theatre are letting us collect goods in their lobby starting at 10:30am through the end of our show, and the next day, we’ll bring them to distribution centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island.”
For up to date information on what items should be donated 10:30am – 7:30pm on Monday, go to facebook.com/nytheatrebarn.
Wesley Taylor (“Smash”, The Addams Family, Rock of Ages) stars in “What do you mean we’re sharing this concert with somebody else?” The Songs of Kinosian and Blair, as they present a selection of tunes from their songbook. According to Kinosian and Blair, “some of them are new, like a fresh-faced baby boy. Some of them are old, like an aging father who hurts his knee and causes his son to realize for the first time that he isn’t invincible.” Joining Taylor is Madeleine Doherty (Sister Act, The Producers), Natalie Charlé Ellis (Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking), Anna Marquardt (Walmartopia), Sarah Ziegler (The Black Monk), Kinosian and Blair, with Ian Weinberger on drums. Nick Brennan will direct.
A recent transplant from Orlando, Florida, Alexander Sage Oyen will premiere songs from his upcoming sophomore album Drafts, soon to be released on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.com. For more information about Drafts, visit alexandersageoyen.com. Singers will include Matt DeAngelis (Hair, American Idiot), Max Chernin, Emily Kay Shrader, and Monet Julia Sabel. Accompanying them will be Oyen on piano, Charlie Rosen (Cyrano, One Man, Two Guvnors, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) on bass, and Jake Cohen (One Man, Two Guvnors) on drums. Associate Artistic Director Laura Brandel will direct.
The November 2012 installment of NYTB in the D-Lounge will take place on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:30pm at the D-Lounge, located at the Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 East 15th St. (just east of Union Square). There is a $15 cover, plus a 2-drink minimum. ($10 of the cover will go directly to charities engaged in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.) No reservations required.
About the Artists in NYTB in the D-Lounge – November 2012
Joe Kinosian (book and music) and Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) are the co-creators of Murder For Two, the murder mystery musical comedy that recently ran for a record-breaking seven months at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and was the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work of 2011. Selections from their songbook have been performed this year at the York Theater’s 2012 NEO concert, the Adirondack Theater Festival’s Second Act Cabaret, the Kennedy Center’s “Broadway Today and Tomorrow” series, and the Kauffman Center’s “Bound for Broadway” concert. Past work includes Pirates Don't Change Diapers for TheatreWorks USA. Currently Joe and Kellen are in the process of bringing Murder For Two to New York City, in addition to developing several new shows. Joe and Kellen are alums of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. They’re current members of ASCAP. www.kinosianandblair.com
Alexander Sage Oyen (Music/Lyrics/Arrangements) is a New York based composer/lyricist/Dexter enthusiast. He currently has no awards to his name, but he is the proud owner of a dachshund named after a scandalous politician. Alex was featured on a reality television show (In Search Of The Partridge Family), performed with Broadway stars Faith Prince and Davis Gaines (“Tobias” in Sweeney Todd) and wrote and produced an album of his musical theatre tunes (If I Knew Better: The Songs Of Alexander Sage Oyen avail. on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby) all before the age of 18. Now 20, he realizes that all of the glory is behind him and that he’s not getting any younger. He owes everything to (and he means everything) to his parents, Lois and Chris and his sisters, Rebecca and Veronica. Many people inspire him, but he only steals from a few. Listen for it, you’ll hear. www.alexandersageoyen.com
Under the direction of Joe Barros (Artistic Director), Jason Najjoum (Producing Director), and Barry Levine (Managing Director), New York Theatre Barn is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 and dedicated to the investigation, development, and advancement of new works. The company is attracted to new work that mirrors our society so that the world can better understand itself. Productions include the all-female musical I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatres/Prospect Theater Co.) with Heather Mac Rae and Carolyn Mignini, Hot Mess in Manhattan (with the Araca Project), the musical Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival/Emily Miller) with Cady Huffman and written by Larson Award winners Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort), and Bridget Bailey’s award-winning solo play Child of Hungry Times. New York Theatre Barn has been instrumental in the development of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, the musical parody Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make A Good Musical?, Cait Doyle's Hot Mess in Manhattan, and Katie Thompson's R.R.R.E.D. The company’s monthly platform for new work, NYTB in the D-Lounge (now in its 5th year), provides a community and a home for artists to discover and grow within their art form. In Development: Speargrove Presents. New York Theatre Barn is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.