(Long Island, NY) “210 Amlent Avenue,” a new musical written and composed by Setauket native Becky Goldberg and Stony Brook doctoral student Karl Hinze has been selected for a developmental reading in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Now in its eleventh year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America and provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. Over 300 shows have debuted at the festival, including Broadway’s “Chaplin,” “[Title of Show],” and “Next to Normal.” NYMF shows have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony Awards.
Setauket native and Farmingville resident Becky Goldberg’s new musical will be featured at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Her writing partner, compser and lyricist Karl Hinze is currently completing doctoral studies in music composition at Stony Brook University. Photo Credit: NYMF.
Goldberg, 27, wrote the musical’s book. She was born and raised in South Setauket graduated from East Setauket’s Ward Melville High School in 2005, majored in English at SUNY: New Paltz. She received her master’s degree in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University in 2011. She is currently on the theatre arts faculty at Suffolk County Community College and the writing faculty at Stony Brook University. She resides in Farmingville, N.Y. with her husband Christopher Petty, who recently directed SCCC’s production of “Marisol.”
Hinze, 25, is the show’s lyricist and composer. He is currently completing a doctoral student of music composition at Stony Brook University and is a member of the Manhattan-based BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
“Collaboration like this feels like dating, marriage, creating a family,” Goldberg said. “Karl and I have been raising this child together for three years now, and NYMF feels like the chance to send our baby out into the world. It’s a surreal feeling, knowing that New York audience will have a chance to hear our words and music, especially with the amazing group of people that we have supporting us, both on stage and off.”
“It’s really gratifying to finally get to present my work as a composer and writer,” Hinze said. “I started outlining the show back in 2007. It didn’t really pick up steam, however, until I pitched it to Becky in 2011 and we started collaborating on it in 2012. I realized her aesthetic would be a great one for this show; she is both incredibly funny and very attuned to the different ways people experience grief.”
Suffolk County Community College student Jasmine LaRocca, of Farmingville, will act alongside Broadway stars in the upcoming reading of “210 Amlent Avenue” at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Photo Credit: NYMF.
Broadway actors Jason Gotay (“Spider Man: Turn off the Dark”) and Robin Skye (“Parade,” “Cyrano – The Musical”) have been cast in the show’s lead roles. The cast of seven also includes SCCC theatre arts student Jasmine LaRocca of Farmingville and SCCC alum Justin Stephon Trice (“South Pacific” at the John W. Engeman Theatre) of Central Islip.
After being named to the festival’s lineup, Goldberg and Hinze conducted a six-week playwrighting workshop at SCCC in the spring of 2014. Nearly 15 students participated in the intensive, providing them with a chance to see what it takes to create and develop an original theatre piece. At the workshop’s conclusion, participants completed a 10-15 page play.
“210 Amlent Avenue,” explores family, desire, and loss through dialogue and music that straddle the traditional and the contemporary. The story follows retired Broadway actress Mrs. Jordan as she and friends pay their respects to her recently-deceased husband. Their lives change when Judah, a young friend of the family, shows up seeking answers about his own dead parents.
The musical was first conceived and workshopped while Goldberg and Hinze were graduate students at Stony Brook University. Although the show has had developmental presentations at the Staller Center for the Arts, the NYMF readings mark the musical’s professional debut.
Music samples, full company bios and more can be found at www.210amlentavenue.com.
“210 Amlent Avenue” is an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and will be performed on July 14 (4pm and 8pm) and July 19 (1:30pm) at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues). Tickets are free and available now to NYMF Platinum and Diamond Members and Patrons by visiting nymf.org or calling 212-352-3101. Tickets will be released to the general public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as-available basis.
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Now in its eleventh year, the Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in 48 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work “creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.”
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