Monday, March 25, 2013

Listening to People You May Know

Many of the cabaret concerts covered on this blog are initiated by the songwriters themselves or by theatre companies specifically interested in showcasing new writing talent. People You May Know cabaret series is a collection of three actors-- Julia Burrows, Michael Deleget, and Leslie Henstock-- who choose three songwriters/songwriting teams to feature in each iteration of their concerts (their last was version 4.0).

People You May Know is an interesting glimpse into what it is about new work that inspires and interests actors, as the performers takes turns tackling some of the writers' songs and other songs that have influenced the writers' work. When it comes to the latter, sometimes this leads to a rousing cover of classics like "I Can't Make You Love Me," but other times it can lead to interesting new arrangements (usually by musical director Andrew Byrne) like a mashup of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "One and Only." Overall, the shows are great for any musical theatre enthusiast because they welcome new interpretations of newer work, with a fresh stamp by the performers themselves.

I had the pleasure of attending People You May Know 4.0, which featured personal favorite writers of mine: Michael Mahler, Will Van Dyke, and Joe Iconis. Below are some highlights, but feel free to watch all the videos from the show on People You May Know's Youtube channel or on their website (there's videos from past shows too!)

Michael and Julia singing Michael Mahler's "Couldn't You Stay":

Michael singing Will Van Dyke's "Settle":

Leslie singing Joe Iconis' "The Actress":

And because it's too manic and delicious not to share, Julia singing Joe Iconis' "Ammonia":

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Didn't win the pair of tickets to F#%king Up Everything? Didn't even know there was a contest going on? Want to see it anyway?

If you still want a deal on tickets, all preview tickets before the show begins March 15th are only $30 (no code required). But if you're not free this week, we do have a special promo code giving a discount to all performances beginning March 27th. Here's the offer:

$39 tickets (beginning March 27th)


ONLINE: CLICK HERE and use code RRM39
PHONE: Call 212-352-3101 and mention code RRM39

RESTRICTIONS:  Regularly $49. Offer may be revoked at anytime and is subject to availability.  Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions; blackout dates and restrictions may apply.  Maximum of 8 tickets total with offer.  
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Thanks to everyone who entered! Be sure to check back in the future for other contests and coverage of new musicals!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Get Your Heart On

I first heard of F#%king Up Everything when it was at NYMF a couple of years ago. It got rave reviews from friends as an indie rock musical with a lot of heart and a stellar team behind it (music and lyrics by David Eric Davis and book by David Eric Davis and Sam Forman). If you, like me, missed this show at NYMF, you have the opportunity to rectify the situation by catching it Off-Broadway at the Elektra Theatre with a sparkling cast, starting March 15th. And, dear reader, I am here to offer you a chance to score 2 tickets for free:

To enter, all you have to do is:
CONTEST RESTRICTIONS: Winner will receive a ticket voucher redeemable for two tickets to a performance of his/her choice through April 27, 2013.  Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Here are more deets from the show:

F#%KING UP EVERYTHING is a rock musical comedy with bongs, thongs and indie rock songs. It's also an old-fashioned boy-meets-girl love story. When these Brooklyn hipsters aren’t true to who they are, they ruin everything. Especially children’s puppeteer Christian Schwartzelberg when he meets singer-songwriter Juliana, the girl of his dreams.

Featuring a young cast of Broadway's rising stars including Max Crumm (Grease), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), George Salazar (Godspell), and Dawn Cantwell (NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation), a score that rocks the house, and an award winning book by David Eric Davis and Sam Forman, F#%KING UP EVERYTHING will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with a “heart on” for days on end.

"This musical stands out as a fun, rocking show!" 


The Elektra Theatre
669 8th Avenue @ 42nd Street

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