Stages 2009 – Calling all Musical Theatre devotees!!!

THEATRE BUILDING CHICAGO PRESENTS

STAGES 2009

 

the 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS IN PROGRESS
Presented by Theatre Building Chicago
AUGUST 21-23, 2009

Especially for musical theatre junkies (and their friends) – Theatre Building Chicago presents STAGES 2009, a festival of 5 new musicals in progress, a new topical revue and 2 panel discussions Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 21-23, 2009.

The three-day musical extravaganza performs each new work twice in concert readings and studio presentations. Now in its 16th season, STAGES focuses on the development of new works of musical theatre.  The new works, in staged-reading format, include:

» SONGS IN THE KEY OF TODAY

  A new topical review of songs written specifically for STAGES. Works include numbers by Martin Charnin, George Stiles & Anthony Drew, Wally Harper and Sherman Yellen, Owen Kalt and Elizabeth Doyle and many other writers. Friday 7:30pm, Sunday 4pm (a pre-show reception at 6:30pm will be held before Friday’s performance)

» GIRL DETECTIVE

  Murder is hard. Adolescence is harder. Casey Ames, a teenager
transplanted from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, is
obsessed with becoming a detective. This musical explores the full
spectrum of teenage angst.  (Saturday 1pm, Sunday 4pm)

» HUNGER

  This American drama reveals the true history of intrepid settlers
who head west to fulfill their dreams but encounter a nightmare
of challenges that test their faith, spirit and their very souls.

» ON THE BRINK

  When an aging grandfather is confronted by Death in the form of Mr. Brink, he thwarts Mr. Brink’s plans by trapping him up a tree. With Mr. Brink unable to do his duty, no one can die. Mr. Brink works through the grandfather’s family and friends to try and convince the old man to free him and to restore the natural order.

» OPENING DAY

  A troubled Vietnam vet living with his sister is visited by an army buddy who dredges up the memories of a mutual comrade lost in a battle they both survived. This moving drama explores the themes of guilt, forgiveness, love and how we survive our own personal histories. (Saturday 1pm, Sunday 4pm)

» SONG POEMS WANTED! THE MUSICAL

  Song poems are the vanity publishing side of the music  recording industry. The musical features dozens of actual song poems (such as Aliens Stole My Dog) and tells the stories of a song poem composer and the everyday people who submit
their poetry for “consideration”. (Saturday 4pm, Sunday 7pm)

Panel discussions (available to all ticket-holders)

Writing Theatre for Young Audiences – Saturday August 22nd 10:00 AM
Learn what elements make imaginative and engaging theatre for children. What are the special considerations and specific responsibilities in writing material for young audiences? Writers and producers who specialize in this audience share their experiences, trade secrets and vision for the craft.

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights – Sunday August 23 – 10:00 AM
Experts in the field will speak on the intricacies and legal  issues regarding adaptations, obtaining rights, paying for  the underlying rights and what is a reasonable fee. What is public domain?  Privacy laws regarding what you can and cannot use regarding real people and events in new works.

STAGES 2009 tickets are now on sale at the box office: 773-327-5252
and Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787 (www.ticketmaster. com)

For more info, including personnel and performer’s names, ticket pricing, performance location, transportation, and interview possibilities for the press, click on “Read more”

STAGES 2009 TICKET PRICING
Stages Pass – All 6 musicals + 2 panel discussions $80
Single tickets include one (1) free panel discussion $15
Panel Discussions $10
Friday Night – includes receptions $70 (if purchased with STAGES Pass $50)

WHERE: Performances will be at Theatre Building Chicago at
1225 West Belmont Avenue at Racine
in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

MORE INFO: Reservations are strongly encouraged. Valet parking ($8) available;
convenient to CTA Belmont EL & #77 bus route (Belmont/Racine) ;
Restaurant discounts (with TBC ticket stubs) at nearby restaurants.
For more details, visit TBC online: www.theatrebuildingchicago.org
To schedule interviews with authors or to request photos, please contact:
Jeff DeLong – Marketing Director
Phone: 773-929-7367 x223
E-mail: Jeff@Theatrebuildin gchicago. org

SCHEDULE & EVENT DESCRIPTIONS:

SONGS IN THE KEY OF TODAY – A New Topical Revue
Authors coordinated by John Sparks, Cherie Coons and Dan Stetzel
Director: Henry Fonte, Music Director: Dan Stetzel
Friday, August 21 – 7:30 PM, pre-show reception at 6PM
Saturday, August 22 – 4:00 PM
The 16th annual STAGES festival will kick off with

SONGS IN THE KEY OF TODAY, a new topical review of songs written
specifically for STAGES. Works include numbers by Martin Charnin,
George Stiles & Anthony Drew, Wally Harper and Sherman Yellen,
Owen Kalt and Elizabeth Doyle and many other writers.

GIRL DETECTIVE — concert reading
Book and Lyrics by Alan Gordon
Music by Mark Sutton-Smith
Director: Tina Salamone
Music Director: Michael Sherman
Saturday, August 22 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, August 23 – 4:00 PM
Murder is hard. Adolescence is harder. Casey Ames, a teenager
transplanted from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, is
obsessed with becoming a detective. This musical explores the full
spectrum of teenage angst.

HUNGER – concert reading
Book and Lyrics by Scott Guy
Music by Karlan Judd
Director: Henry Fonte, Music Director: Patrick Holland
Saturday, August 22 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 23 – 1:00 PM
This American drama reveals the true history of intrepid settlers
who head west to fulfill their dreams but encounter a nightmare
of challenges that test their faith, spirit and their very souls.

ON THE BRINK — studio presentation
Book and Lyrics by John Sparks
Music by Thomas Adams
Adapted from On Borrowed Time by Paul Osborn and Lawrence Watkins
Director: Allan Chambers, Music Director: Jessica A. Hunt
Saturday, August 22 –7:30 PM
Sunday, August 23 – 1:00 PM
When an aging grandfather is confronted by Death in the form of Mr. Brink, he thwarts Mr. Brink’s plans by trapping him up a tree. With Mr. Brink unable to do his duty, no one can die. Mr. Brink works through the grandfather’s family and friends to try and convince the old man to free him and to restore the natural order.

OPENING DAY – concert reading
Book and Lyrics by Steve Delchamps
Music by Doug Voegtle
Based on the play Strange Snow by Stephen Metcalfe
Director: Elizabeth Margolius, Music Director: Peter Storms
Saturday, August 22 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, August 23 – 4:00 PM
A troubled Vietnam vet living with his sister is visited by an army buddy who dredges up the memories of a mutual comrade lost in a battle they both survived. This moving drama explores the themes of guilt, forgiveness, love and how we survive our own personal histories.

SONG POEMS WANTED! THE MUSICAL — concert reading
Book by Larry Carpenter
Music by Arthur Kaufman
Lyrics by Helen Bates and Larry Carpenter and others
Director: John Sparks, Music Director: Jeff Bouthiette
Saturday, August 22 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 23 – 7:00 PM
Song poems are the vanity publishing side of the music  recording industry. The musical features dozens of actual song poems (such as Aliens Stole My Dog) and tells the stories of a song poem composer and the everyday people who submit
their poetry for “consideration.”

Panel discussions

Writing Theatre for Young Audiences – Saturday August 22nd 10:00 AM
Learn what elements make imaginative and engaging theatre for children.
What are the special considerations and specific responsibilities
in writing material for young audiences? Writers and producers
who specialize in this audience share their experiences,
trade secrets and vision for the craft.

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights – Sunday August 23 – 10:00 AM
Experts in the field will speak on the intricacies and legal
issues regarding adaptations, obtaining rights, paying for
the underlying rights and what is a reasonable fee. What is public domain?
Privacy laws regarding what you can and cannot use regarding
real people and events in new works.

John Dias and Theatre Building Chicago Present
"Dias With an "S" – A Musical Fundraiser for TBC
Opens: 7/6/09 Closes: 7/6/09
Call the box office for tickets 773-327-5252

 

The six new musicals are written by a diverse group of writers (many members of Theatre Building Chicago’s Musical Theater Writers Workshop) from Chicago, Los Angels, New York and from Pennsylvania to Utah. STAGES 2009 is a creative gathering of authors, actors, artists, theatre producers and musical theatre lovers who come together for one weekend, celebrating America’s original art form, the musical. Theatre Building Chicago welcomes media attention for Stages 2009, however, all performances are works in progress and are considered not appropriate for critical review.

2 Responses

  1. I would like to attend STAGES 2009 with my colleague and co-producer, Virginia Criste. Please reserve two spaces. I will phone to follow up and provide payment.

    Thank you.

    Joan Liman, MD
    President, Amas Musical Theatre

    • Joan

      I don’t think this blog is actually connected to the box office. I am one of the writers of the show and I do hope you come to Stages this August. I looked at your website and AMAS website — very nice!

      Send me an email if you want comps for my show. (larry@kitcarp.com) If you want to see all six shows, contact the box office 773-327-5252 or talk to John Sparks regarding industry comps.

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