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MTF Presents: Heath Saunders at Joe's Pub

In Conversation: Heath Saunders and Zoe Sarnak

The In Conversation series brings together theatre artists of all disciplines together to discuss their work and their passions. In this installment, fellow composer/performers Heath Saunders and Zoe Sarnak discuss Joe’s Pub, NYMF, and the unexpected joys of being hearing other people sing your songs. ZOE: We’re coming up on your Joe’s Pub show! How […]

In Conversation: Michael R. Jackson and Zack Zadek

The In Conversation series brings together theatre artists of all disciplines together to discuss their work, their process, their passions, and their lunch orders. In the inaugural installation, Zack Zadek interviews Michael R. Jackson about his “self-referential concept musical,” A Strange Loop, playing in concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on April 26. ZZ: Hi Michael! I’m […]

SPOTLIGHT ON THE CHELSEA SYMPHONY

What good are orchestrations, after all, without the orchestra?  For the upcoming New Orchestrations concert, Musical Theatre Factory has partnered with The Chelsea Symphony, a non-profit ensemble in Manhattan, to bring these new works to life in a shared spirit of artistic collaboration. Now in its tenth anniversary season, The Chelsea Symphony is a self-governed […]

SPOTLIGHT ON CHARLIE ROSEN, ORCHESTRATOR OF SELECTIONS FROM “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY” AT “GET YOURSELF SOME NEW ORCHESTRATIONS”

By Melissa Nally Charlie Rosen was tasked with creating re-imagined orchestrations for “The Bridges of Madison County” for the Musical Theatre Factory’s gala concert, “Get Yourself Some New Orchestrations,” in association with The Chelsea Symphony. Selections from the show will be performed by the stars of ‘The Bridges of Madison County” tour, Elizabeth Stanley and […]

SPOTLIGHT ON “RADIOACTIVE” WITH MUSIC BY WILL REYNOLDS, BOOK AND LYRICS BY ERIC PRICE, AND ORCHESTRATED BY DOUG BESTERMAN

By Melissa Nally “Radioactive” (music by Will Reynolds, book and lyrics by Eric Price, and orchestrated by Doug Besterman) tells the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and their discovery of radium, the most mysterious element on the Periodic Table. It’s also a love story between two revolutionary scientists. “It’s a musical about two people […]

SPOTLIGHT ON “ONLY ANNE” WITH MUSIC BY WILL BUCK, BOOK AND LYRICS BY JOHN DIETRICH, AND ORCHESTRATED BY WILLIAM DAVID BROHN

By Melissa Nally “Only Anne” (music by Will Buck, book and lyrics by John Dietrich, and orchestrated by William David Brohn) is an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel “Persuasion” with a twist – the story is propelled forward 100 years to post-World War I England. It’s the dawn of the roaring twenties, and the […]

SPOTLIGHT ON “THE WHITE CITY” WITH MUSIC BY AVI AMON, WORDS BY JULIA GYTRI, AND ORCHESTRATED BY KIM D. SHERMAN

By Melissa Nally “The White City,” with music by Avi Amon, words by Julia Gytri, and orchestrated by Kim D. Sherman, is the story of America’s first serial killer, set against the backdrop of the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. It originated as Avi and Julia’s thesis musical in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre […]

SPOTLIGHT ON “THE FIREBIRD” WITH MUSIC BY LISA WHITSON BURNS, WORDS BY CHRISTOPHER STASKEL, AND ORCHESTRATED BY MATT AUMENT

By Melissa Nally It was a month after handing in the charts that orchestrator Matt Aument got to meet Lisa Whitson Burns, who composed the music for “The Firebird” with words by Christopher Staskel. They bonded over a musical figure that Matt added to one character’s song that ties it to another, both to be […]

Why New Orchestrations?

By Founder and Program Director, Danny Abosch The “New Orchestrations” series pairs emergent musical theatre writers with Broadway orchestrators to commission stunning new orchestrations of their shows. This culminates in a concert performance wherein excerpts from these four new musicals (and one reimagined favorite!) are brought to life by the 35-piece Chelsea Symphony and a […]