Sorry, Smash. The real thing is in the summer.
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
I’d like to begin by thanking Mr. Rob Shapiro for filling in for me last Friday while I was back home in Delaware doing sad family things. Rob is a pro and if you didn’t catch his post last week you should give it a read.
As for me, I’ve chosen to funnel all that sad energy into my upcoming show. That’s right folks, after developing the piece for longer than I’d like to admit, my musical Save The Date: a new musical wedding comedy has been accepted to the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival! We’re making our world premiere in August. Official dates and venues have not yet been assigned, but when they are, I’ll let you all know.
When I got the email saying we had been accepted, I was on a mini-vaycay sucking down wine with my parents and their friends in Sonoma wine country in California. The second I saw the email, I leapt from the sofa, ran out to the backyard patio where my mother and her friend Becky were enjoying a glass of sparkling, and shouted “YEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!! I’M IN DA FRIIIIIIIINGE!!!”
The point of this post, however, is not to offer shameless self-promotion. My excitement at learning that Save The Date would be a part of this year’s Fringe festival runs much deeper than the mere fact that it is being produced. I felt immense pride that my musical, which in some ways is very in and of New York City, was going to be in a festival that is so much a part of the city of New York.
"That's How It Happened" from a reading of Save The Date at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program a few years ago. This is the only song from the first draft that still remains in tact.
The New York International Fringe Festival (hereinafter referred to as “FringeNYC” – sorry, I’ve just been reading through my participant agreement) is such an integral part of the New York theatre scene. Every year they select over 200 shows varying from full-scale musicals like mine, to solo works, dance pieces, multi-media theatre, and yes, the dreaded “performance art.” You’re probably aware that Urinetown got its start in FringeNYC. But for me the fun part about FringeNYC are those off-the-beaten-path performances that you’re only going to find in the New York Fringe. When I was an undergraduate student at Emerson College, I took a wacky course titled: “Living Art In Real Space,” which was basically Performance Art 101. Every class we studied a different artistic movement and were assigned to create a performance inspired by that movement for the next class. Some weird stuff went down in that class (people got naked, there was a food fight with raw meat) but it truly helped this little composer/lyricist who works in the most structured of art forms: musical theatre, to loosen up and appreciate a different perspective on live performance. Simply put, now I just love it. Bring on the performance art!
My group's final presentation in "Living Art In Real Space." That's me at the piano. Our group opted to do our final performance inside the Emerson cabaret theatre instead of pelting raw meat at each other on the Charles river or almost slipping and falling to our deaths off a paint-filled tarp on a Beacon Hill rooftop. (True story.)
The disconnect in the fact that I’m putting up a two-act book musical in the festival while praising the more experimental shows is not lost on me. My point is just that I am so grateful to be in a festival that includes artists who approach the medium of theatre differently than I do. I think it’s important to branch out and experience different forms of theatre when you can. To go out onto the fringes as it were. FringeNYC gives you that opportunity, and I am so looking forward to this year’s festival.
Now to get my registration documents in order.
Emily Afton performing a solo version of "What Does It Mean?" from Save The Date at NYTB in the D-Lounge.
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer. His musical Save The Date: A New Musical Wedding Comedy will premiere in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. www.gregjr.com
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