I did start writing a musical a while ago and a few friends are now starting to urge me to get back to writing it.
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i finally finished a rough draft of the libretto that’s going to be a part of a monthly music series at harlem’s apollo theater in april, so i consider this goal done, done and done.
getting it produced will be a whole other ball of wax… 17 months ago
i just booked a performance workshop series at dixon place on thursday september 29 for a “musical” i’m assembling called the billie holiday project! this is an idea that i performed at the historic lenox lounge at the first annual harlem jazz shrines in may of this year. i wanted to grow it and i wasn’t sure how or if i could even pull it off in new york city because i hadn’t developed anything here through conventional means in awhile and i didn’t know the lay of the land. i still don’t, but i’m feeling my way along and i’m enjoying the process.
this is the way you do something new. i’ve originated work before. i know the trajectory very well. one step at a time, one moment at a time, one idea at a time – getting all of it up on its legs every season, getting a run where you can and shaping it as it goes along.
but that’s not the kicker.
the kicker is that i just confirmed with the apollo theater’s sound stage for their monthly music cafe series for may 11 and 12, 2012. i’ll also be performing there for harlem jazz shrines for those dates.
yeah, i’m over the moon. once i land, mpb and i will celebrate.
still submitting this idea for workshop opportunities all over the place. and yeah, i’m still waiting to find out if i’ve been chosen as a librettist for the bmi musical theater workshop. let’s see what develops. when anything gets confirmed, you will be the first one i tell.
happy summer! 22 months ago
I’ve already got the ideas down, and the plot fairly squared away, it’s really a matter of trying to write it as a script without making into a screen play. Also, I’m having difficulty writing the music. But all in all, it shouldn’t be so hard. I’m looking at a sort of rock-type musical. The majority of the instrumentation will be on electric instruments like guitars, but there will be some symphonic parts, but they’ll probably be played on synthesizers. 1 year ago
submitted to the BMI musical theater workshop component for librettists, applying to workshops in the city and working on a book/libretto about alberta hunter.
life is good. 1 year ago