Musical Theatre Factory and The Chelsea Symphony invite you to Get Yourself Some NEW ORCHESTRATIONS! MTF’s inaugural gala concert will launch the “New Orchestrations” series, an exciting new series which pairs emergent musical theatre writers with Broadway orchestrators to commission stunning new orchestrations of their shows. Excerpts from four new musicals (and one reimagined favorite!) will be brought to life by the 35-piece Chelsea Symphony and a cast of Broadway stars. The Honorary Host Committee includes Tony Award-winners Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, August: Osage County), James Lapine (Into The Woods, Sunday In The Park With George), and Michael Cerveris (Fun Home, Assassins), and all proceeds will benefit the Musical Theatre Factory.
Recently hailed by the New York Times as “Heart-healing Musical Theatre…in Broadway’s backyard,” the Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressure of critical or commercial success. Musical Theatre Factory’s Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack is the recipient of the 2015 Lilly Award for Working Miracles for her achievements in founding, and growing, the Musical Theatre Factory.
The New Orchestrations Series, created by founding Musical Theatre Factory Members Danny Abosch and Mira Magrill, aims to be MTF’s most ambitious project to date. The series pairs up-and-coming musical theatre composers with Broadway orchestrators, with the mission of freeing composers from the traditional economic limitations of instrumentation, to unlock new possibilities through a fully-realized reading of their scores. The size and scale of the program is unprecedented; it allows for the creation of orchestrations beyond the scope of what’s practical for a musical production, even on Broadway.
The performance will feature The Chelsea Symphony premiering fully orchestrated excerpts from:
Music by Lisa Whitson Burns
Words by Christopher Staskel
Orchestrated by Matt Aument
Music by Will Buck
Book and Lyrics by John Dietrich
Orchestrated by William David Brohn (Tony Award Winning Orchestrator of RAGTIME, WICKED, MISS SAIGON)
Music by Will Reynolds
Book and Lyrics by Eric Price
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman (Three-time Tony Award Winning Orchestrator of THE PRODUCERS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and FOSSE)
THE WHITE CITY
Music by Avi Amon
Words by Julia Gytri
Orchestrated by Kim D. Sherman
And an orchestral re-imagining of:
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the Novel by Robert James Waller
Orchestrated by Charlie Rosen (Drama Desk Award nominee for Honeymoon in Vegas, Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band)
Also featuring a special Charlie Rosen orchestration of “Broadway, Here I Come!” by Joe Iconis (featured on NBC’s SMASH)
The NEW ORCHESTRATIONS Series is directed by Danny Abosch and Mira Magrill. The Chelsea Symphony is conducted by Matthew Aubin, Reuben Blundell, and Mark Seto. NEW ORCHESTRATIONS is generously supported by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
NEW ORCHESTRATIONS takes place on November 9, 2015 at 8pm at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023. Tickets are available online at mtf.nyc/neworchestrations .
Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success.