PLAYBILL PICKS: The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know, Part Two

By Michael Gioia
16 Oct 2012

Katie Thompson

Singer, songwriter and actress Katie Thompson, who will appear in The Public Theater's upcoming production of Michael John LaChuisa's Giant, not only writes and performs her own material, but is often seen singing the songs of Scott Alan, Jonathan Reid Gealt and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk, among others. "Working as an actress in new musical theatre inspires me and teaches me all at the same time," said Thompson, whose signature songs include "It Doesn't Hurt," a tune that longs for contemporary choreography and has been performed by multiple dance companies and on dance shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance," which can be seen in this clip; "I'm Not Pregnant, I'm Just Fat," one of her favorites, performed here by Hairspray and Cry-Baby actress Carly Jibson; and her soulful cover of "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," sung by Thompson at her 2010 Birdland concert.

The composer-lyricist, who says her tunes live in the world of musical theatre pop, developed R.R.R.E.D. a Secret Musical, a musical about a read-head revolution that premiered in L.A. and was workshopped at NYMF (watch "Too Pretty," performed by Mariand Torres) and is currently working on a traditional book musical about a haunting with Sara Montgomery. "I'd like to create new stories to put music to, while rethinking and reinventing character 'types,'" said Thompson. "The ingénue, the leading man, the quirky supporting actors that have become almost 'text-book' now, when writing musical theatre could use a little expanding. My other ideas for musical theatre involve using current media/film to help the 'new' musical become as popular as the current trend of making movies into musicals."

Listen to "Terrifying Bliss" from Thompson's "haunted" new musical that she is developing with Montgomery:

"Terrifying Bliss"




Check out the singer's SoundCloud profile with more new music here.