PHOTO CALL: Lisa Brescia, Remy Zaken, Julia Mattison, Lauren Pritchard, F. Michael Haynie Perform #UntitledPopMusical in Concert
By Matthew Blank
#UntitledPopMusical, the new musical conceived and written by Michael Kimmel (The Last Goodbye) with music and lyrics by Drew Gasparini ("Smash"), had its debut concert June 24 at (le) Poisson Rouge.
The 7 PM concert, produced by the Wild Project, featured Julia Mattison (Godspell), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Lisa Brescia (Wicked, Mamma Mia), Andrew Kober (Hair), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Dogfight), Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal), Gabriel Violett (Spring Awakening), Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening) and Keith White.
Here's how the new musical is described: "Dance songs, crotch shots, public meltdowns, twitter rants, little monsters, mean girls, media overload, paparazzi, drugs, clubs…any of this sound familiar? #UntitledPopMusical tells the story of the meteoric rise and fall of international pop sensation Jenna Styles, and what instant fame means now in our digital world."
The concert incorporated various social media outlets, and fans of Styles (@JennaStylez) were able to tweet about the show and see it incorporated live on stage.
Orchestrations were by music director Charlie Rosen and Austin Moorehead, who are featured on guitar alongside Justin Goldner (guitar/piano) and Jamie Eblen (drums). Video design was by Aaron Rhyne, and Ana Mari de Quesada was the production stage manager.
Kimmel's other projects include Turn of The Screw (music and lyrics by Gasparini), PainLess (with music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak) and Bluebird.
Gasparini has also written the music and lyrics for his musicals Crazy, Just Like Me; Make Me Bad (book by Alex Brightman); and Turn Of The Screw (book by Kimmel).
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