In addition to my work in pop music, I've been writing for musical theater as well! Check out the projects I have going.
Summerhaven is an upcoming musical about a radical free school where an esoteric teacher named Marcus, trained in the movement- and music-based Lotus Flower Method of educating children, has a crisis of faith after Herr Fein is recruited by the local Board of Education to straighten up the school. You can download my rough outline here.
Just recently I completed the music and lyrics for a play called Happy Valley with book by Rich Rubin. It's a musical comedy set in a hospice facility, where the elderly patients, as a farewell-to-the-world gesture, conspire to get a young couple together. Here you can download the final book and score. Or, you can listen to the demos on the Happy Valley page.
Success! is the musical I wrote back in 2008, is about two mismatched foster brothers--one a slovenly painter and one a scheming socialite--who fake the painter's death in order to make money off his paintings. Success! made the third round of selections at the National Music Theater Conference two years in a row (2013 and '14). In celebration of the fact that we'll be doing a table reading soon and entering the play into Portland's Fertile Ground Festival this year, I thought you might like to check it out. Here you can download the book, score, and demos. I'll have the demos up soon. Also, I'm developing a web comic version of the show over at www.successcomic.com.
We had a successful table reading of the play on August 30th, 2015 at my new house in the 'burbs. Some fantastic actors came and read with me. I played the part of Nicholas, while Mike Arsenault played Gregory, Paige McKinney played Nora, Julianne Nelson played Amanda and Julie, David Mitchum-Brown played Charles and Gazlay, and David Loftus played Timothy and Mikey. We had a marvelous time. Now, I'm writing an abbreviated version of the play for the Fertile Ground Festival. Wish me luck!
YOU ARE STANDING AT THE MOUTH OF A CAVE
This is a 10-minute musical that I wrote based on a short film from Grammar School Pictures, which you'll find over on the films page. I submitted the play to Portland's 4x4 Musicals festival run by the inimitable Mark LaPierre. Here you can download the libretto, the score and check out the demo.
UP ON THE ORANGE MOON
I turned a song from the Ideal Home Music Library into a 10-minute musical. It's a short play based on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman. It's a work in progress, but I though I'd put it up here anyway. Here you'll find the book and the score.