THE SCREENING ROOM: Songs by The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know (Part One)

By Playbill Staff
January 6, 2014

The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know: LIVE!, a concert featuring rising musical theatre songwriters that is based on the Playbill.com feature of the same name, will be held Jan. 27 at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, Playbill.com looks at music by the rising songwriters.



Hosted by Playbill staff writer Michael Gioia, author of the ongoing column that premiered on Playbill.com in October 2012, concerts — in which each songwriter or composing team will debut a world-premiere song — will be offered at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

For more information on the concerts, click here.

Here is a look at some of our favorite songs by the writers featured in Part One of the column — Scott Alan, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, Will Van Dyke, Ryan Scott Oliver, Drew Gasparini and Jonathan Reid Gealt.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.

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Ryan Scott Oliver's "Cut You a Piece," performed by Alex Brightman:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Never," performed by Derek Klena:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Crayon Girl," performed by Lindsay Mendez:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "On Monday," performed by Natalie Weiss:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Map of Scars," performed by Emily Rogers:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Ruination," performed by Katie Thompson:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Leave Luanne," performed by Katie Thompson:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Make Me Happy," performed by Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary Levi:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "When Lily Came," performed by Krysta Rodriguez, Katie Gassert, Grace Wall and Jessica Hershberg:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "The Ballad of Sara Berry," performed by Lindsay Mendez:

Ryan Scott Oliver's "Stroke by Stroke," performed by Charles A. Franklin:

Drew Gasparini's "Dear Lucy/Dear Tom," performed by Emma Hunton and F. Michael Haynie:

Drew Gasparini's "Make Me Bad," performed by Lindsay Mendez:

Drew Gasparini's "If I Had You," performed by Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus:

Drew Gasparini's "No Turning Back Now," performed by Jeremy Jordan:

Drew Gasparini's "Circus," performed by Lindsay Mendez:

Drew Gasparini's "What Remains," performed by Matt Doyle and Jennifer Damiano:

Drew Gasparini's "High Life," performed by Chloe Gasparini and Lolo:

Drew Gasparini's "Crazy, Just Like Me," performed by Jason Gotay, Brandon J. Ellis, and Julia Mattison:

Drew Gasparini's "I Just Can't Stop," performed by Andrew Kober and Lauren Pritchard:

Drew Gasparini's "Michigan," performed by Eric Michael Krop and Kacie Sheik:

 Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Here For You," performed alongside Jeremy Jordan:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "No Reason at All," performed by Katie Thompson:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Quiet," performed by Tituss Burgess:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "I Am Yours," performed by Jeremy Jordan:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Quiet," performed by Natalie Weiss:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Lovable," performed Alysha Umphress:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Expectations of a Man," performed by Birdie Carroll:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "September of '92," performed by Zak Resnick:

Jonathan Reid Gealt's "Movin' On," performed by Loren Allred:

Kooman and Dimond's "Lost in the Waves," performed by Anderson Davis:

Kooman and Dimond's "Breathe," performed by Laura Osnes:

Kooman and Dimond's "Out of My Head," performed by Natalie Weiss:

Kooman and Dimond's "Drift," performed by Jeremy Jordan:

Kooman and Dimond's "Walking Without You," performed by Anderson Davis:

Kooman and Dimond's "Random Black Girl," performed by Patina Miller:

Kooman and Dimond's "The Temp and the Receptionist," performed by Patina Miller and Anderson Davis:

Scott Alan's "Home," performed by Shoshana Bean:

Scott Alan's "Anything Worth Holding On To," performed by Cynthia Erivo:

Scott Alan's "Now," performed by Jonathan Groff:

Scott Alan's "I'm a Star," performed by Natalie Weiss:

Scott Alan's "Nothing More," performed by David Burtka:

Scott Alan's "Love, Love, Love," performed by Pentatonix:

Scott Alan's "Always," performed by Sierra Boggess:

Scott Alan's "Kiss the Air," performed by Natalie Weiss:

Scott Alan's "Say Goodbye," performed by Katie Thompson:

Will Van Dyke's "Come Home," performed by Jason Gotay:

Will Van Dyke's "Fly Away Gone," performed by Lindsay Mendez:

Will Van Dyke's "You, the Mountain, and Me," performed by Preston Sadleir:

Will Van Dyke's "Settle," performed by Matt Doyle:

Will Van Dyke's "If You Only Knew," performed by Celisse Henderson:

Will Van Dyke's "A Seat at the Table," performed by Tamika Sonja Lawrence:

Will Van Dyke's "Marie and Me," performed by Matt Doyle:

Will Van Dyke's "The Very Worst Year," performed by Jay Armstrong Johnson:

Will Van Dyke's "Gateway," performed by Morgan Karr: