This is a new reworking of a piece that Stephen Schwartz (best known for WICKED) adapted from a book by Studs Terkel.  The book and libretto is largely taken from Studs’ interviews with regular people about their relationship to their work.  The music is great.  The cast is great.  The production is great.  Try and come see it!

Dec. 1 – 30, 2012 – Strictly Limited Run!
at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th St., NYC)

From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers
and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor

Six extraordinary actors embody thirty-six everyday Americans in this tuneful act of job creation!
Don’t miss the NYC premiere of this revised version of the iconic Broadway musical, WORKING.
Inspired by Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestselling book of interviews, this critically-acclaimed production
features two brand-new songs from Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights).

  • Directed by Gordon Greenberg
  • Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
  • Musical Supervisor / New Orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire

Featuring:
Marie-France Arcilla, Joe Cassidy, Donna Lynne Champlin,
Jay Armstrong Johnson, Nehal Joshi, & Kenita Miller

  • Music Director Daniel Feyer
  • Stage Manager Rebecca McBee
  • Casting Director Jason Najjoum
  • Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt
  • Costume Design Mattie Ullrich
  • Lighting Design Jeff Croiter
  • Projection Design Aaron Rhyne
  • Sound Design Jeremy Lee

For more info: www.ProspectTheater.org
DEC. 1 – 30:  Tue, Wed & Thu 7:15, Fri & Sat 8:15, Sun 3:15
(Additional perfs 12/2 at 7:15 and 12/27 at 3:15, no perf 12/25.)

Regular Price – $45, $60 Premium Seating
Prospect Insider Offer – Use code PTIN for 20% off Regular Seats, $36 tix – purchase by 12/15

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Ah- so glad to be back at the Old Globe!  And such an AMAZING play to be back with.  It’s the kind of play you long for as a sound designer- amazing story, fully developed characters, a touch of magic in the middle of a play grounded in reality. There are moments in which the characters fully enter their imagination through music and dance.  Matthew is seriously channeling Tennessee Williams with this one!

The play takes place within a Puerto Rican family in New York in 1959/ 1960 as their neighborhood is being torn down to make way for Lincoln Center.  The music for this one is gong to be fantastic- zigging from Bernstein to the zags of Tito Puente and Tito Rodríguez to bopping with Mingus and being with Spike Jones.

WORLD PREMIERE
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at the Old Globe, San Diego

  • Written by Matthew Lopez
  • Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
  • Choreography by Greg Graham
  • Scenic Design by Campbell Baird
  • Costume Design by Charlotte Devaux
  • Lighting Design by Lap Chi Chu
  • Sound Design by Jeremy J. Lee
  • Featuring:
    • Juan Javier Cardenas
    • Benita Robledo
    • Priscilla Lopez
    • Jon Rua
    • Leo Ash Evens

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The latest project is called Manipulation, and we’re producing it at the Cherry Lane theatre.  Fantastic team, and it’s great to be working in such a storied space.  There’s no website for it yet, so I’ll just put the basics here until there’s more to report.

  • Manipulation by Victoria E. Calderon
  • Directed by Marilyn Fried
  • Sets by Bill Stabile
  • Costumes by Alejo Vietti
  • Lights by Kirk Bookman
  • Sound and Music by Jeremy J Lee

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OK – so it’s been forever since I’ve updated this site.  I’m going to try and remedy this starting with my current projects, and putting in some fun back ones.  There’s one big reason for this lapse in self-promotion:

His name is Lucas, and he’s the new master around here.  He’s almost 2, coinciding with when I stopped posting here.  Wonder why that could be…

So, forgive me, and let’s try this again!

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This was my second design for LAByrinth Theatre Company.  It was a wild ride indeed- but that’s what they’re known for!  It’s a story about 3 half-siblings that share a father.  He’s dying, and they have to come to terms with their relationship to him, each other, and his new girlfriend.

In true LAB style, the cast was absolutely fantastic.  They really carried the show, and our job was to get out of their way.

  • Written by Melissa Ross
  • Directed by Mimi O’Donnell
  • Sets by Lee Savage
  • Costumes by Bobby Frederick Tilley II
  • Sound and Music by Jeremy J Lee
  • Featuring
    • ELIZABETH CANAVAN
    • STEPHEN ELLIS
    • LISA JOYCE
    • MEGAN MOSTYN-BROWN
    • ALFREDO NARCISO
    • DEIRDRE O’CONNELL
    • AARON ROMAN WEINER
    • DAVID ZAYAS

The first half or so of the play was found music and soundscape/ FX which don’t translate terribly well outside of the theatre.  So here’s a couple of the little transition pieces that I wrote for the 2nd half.

Into the Living Room:

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Into the hospital parking lot:

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Into the coffee shop:

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And my favorite outtake of the year so far:

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