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Monday | 11.9.15 | 8:00 PM
Merkin Concert Hall

Tickets available at mtf.nyc.

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.

The performance will feature fully orchestrated excerpts from:

THE FIREBIRD

Music by Lisa Whitson Burns

Words by Christopher Staskel

Orchestrated by Matt Aument

ONLY ANNE

Music by Will Buck

Book and Lyrics by John Dietrich

Orchestrated by William David Brohn (Tony Award Winning Orchestrator of RAGTIME, WICKED, MISS SAIGON)

RADIOACTIVE

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.

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.

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.

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 cast of Broadway stars.

The mission of the series is to free composers and orchestrators from the traditional economic limitations of instrumentation, and unlock new possibilities through a fully-realized reading of their scores. The series offers composers the opportunity to hear their scores fully orchestrated, and performed by a live orchestra that’s larger than what their show would ever otherwise receive. The industry concert presentation and resulting demo recordings also have the potential to significantly impact a show’s development trajectory.

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.

Program

Will BuckOnly Anne
Will ReynoldsRadioactive
Lisa Whitson BurnsThe Firebird
Avi AmonThe White City
Jason Robert BrownThe Bridges of Madison County