ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lied Center for Performing Arts
12th and R Streets
Lincoln, NE

Tickets for all events at the Lied can be reserved online at LiedCenter.org 

The Lied Center for Performing Arts proudly announces the return of the ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop, Sept. 12-14, 2017. One of three national venues chosen by ASCAP to host a workshop, the Lied will focus on showcasing stellar new musicals with a potential Broadway trajectory. The selected musicals will be performed as a staged reading for a panel of industry experts as part of the workshop—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the participants and a rare glimpse into the evolution of a new musical for the community. 

Expert panelists for the workshop include Kevin Bannerman, the co-creator of Ice Age and regular panelist for the ASCAP/DreamWorks New Musical Theatre Workshop; and GRAMMY® Award winner Stephen Bray, composer and lyricist of Tony Award®-winning musical The Color Purple. Bray is also known for his many collaborations with Madonna. Rounding out the panel is Broadway legend Karen Morrow, who returns to Lincoln as a celebrity panelist and will lead a master class at the University of Nebraska.

“We are thrilled to have some of Broadway’s most respected experts at the Lied Center in September,” said Bill Stephan, Lied Center Executive Director. “We are especially excited to have Stephen Bray of The Color Purple just a few months before the show’s first national tour makes its way to the Lied Center April 11-15, as part of the Glenn Korff Broadway Series.”

Grow A Show New Musical Workshop

After receiving nearly 100 submissions from playwrights, lyricists and composers nationwide and international, two new musicals were selected to be performed and receive feedback by Broadway professionals during the workshop: Gumbo by Christina Quintana (Book and Lyrics) and Brett Macias (Music); and Dust and Shadow by Kasey Marino (Book), Dustin Sullivan (Lyrics) and Jonathan Reid Gealt (Music).

Gumbo is a fantastical retelling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Set in New Orleans and inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the plot unfolds through musical storytelling in the styles of soul, jazz, funk and bluegrass. The staged reading will feature a cast of Lincoln and Omaha actors directed by Beth Thompson, Artistic Director of the Shelterbelt Theatre, with musical direction by Liz Stinman. Gumbo will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Dust and Shadow is a musical based on the novel of the same name by Lyndsay Faye, starring everyone’s favorite detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they follow the trail of Jack the Ripper. A 50-minute staged reading will feature local actors and musical theatre students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the direction of Alisa Belflower, Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies at Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; musical direction by Louis Claussen. Gumbo will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 12 
2:00-3:30pm Master Class with Karen Morrow

Carson Theatre

7:30 pm Staged reading of new musical: Gumbo 
by Christina Quintana (Book and Lyrics) and Brett Macias (Music)
Carson Theater
Admission: $10

Wednesday, September 13 
7:30 pm Broadway at the Lied Featuring the Music of Stephen Bray
Main Stage concert

Thursday, September 14 
2:00-3:30pm Master Class with Stephen Bray
Carson Theatre
Admission: FREE

7:30 pm Staged reading of new musical: Dust and Shadow
by Kasey Marino (Book), Dustin Sullivan (Lyrics) and Jonathan Reid Gealt (Music)
Carson Theater

Tickets for the staged readings are $10 general admission and open to the public. Both master classes and Broadway at the Lied are free and open to the public. Due to popular demand, all events will be ticketed. Tickets are available NOW at the Box Office at 12th and R streets or by phone at 402.472.4747. Tickets for all events at the Lied can be reserved online at LiedCenter.org.

The ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop is made possible by generous support from the Glenn Korff Broadway Series and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and The Growers Club.