Make some noise! Jaime Jarrett is up next for Playbill's Songwriter Series, which launched in July with a soulful performance by Troy Anthony. Presented by City National Bank, the series is dedicated to spotlighting emerging composers and will feature a new video every month.
Jarrett visited Playbill to perform select tracks from his musical Wonder Boy. The show follows a transgender man, Jackson, who is transformed into a superhero after ingesting an experimental drug. An audio version of the show will stream through Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre August 15–29, with tickets only sold through August 12.
Featured songs in the video below include "Step Out of My Skin," "Jackson Needs Some Space," "Let Myself Grow"," and "The Body." Jarrett is accompanied by vocalists Samy Nour Younes Figaredo, Geena Quintos, and Terran Scott on our Playbill piano, provided by the nonprofit Sing for Hope.
"Wonder Boy is a show about a transgender superhero who is navigating his way through a tricky breakup, growing apart from his twin sister, and seeking protection for his heart," says the composer.
Watch Jaime Jarrett's full performance below.
In addition to Wonder Boy, Jarrett's writing credits include (You Can’t) Outrun the Monster and Queer Baby Jesus, co-written with Nina Roy. They are an active member of Musical Theatre Factory’s inaugural Maker’s Co-Hort and the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop.
Figaredo is an actor and LGBTQ activist, who delivered the TED talk "A short history of trans people's long fight for equality" which has accumulated over 2 million views. Recent roles include The Thirty Names of Night and Chonburi International Hotel and Butter Club, both streaming on Audible.
Quintos was recently seen in John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone's play Kiss My Aztec! and will soon star in The Tattooed Lady, composed by Max Vernon.
Scott is a multi-media talented artist, currently focused on production designing and art direction. She will perform in the new show Speech at September's Philadelphia Fringe Festival and previously starred in the queer comedy web series Big Egg.
City National Bank is a proud sponsor of Playbill’s Songwriter Series. As the leading bank to Broadway, City National supports diverse talent on the stage and works behind the scenes to provide a full suite of financial products to fit their needs. Proudly serving the theatre community for over 65 years, see how they make it their business to be personal at cnb.com
Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, schools, care facilities, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal. Learn more at singforhope.org.