Thursday, March 30, 2006

THIS SUNDAY ...

This Sunday, I will be hosting O.W.'s Karoeke contest. It is going to be a lot of fun, with a $10 beer bust, free pool tab, food, hot guys, music, and ME !!!! It will all start at 10pm, and I hope you can make it. The prizes are going to be crazy this year, but lets just say, for now, everyone who performs gets a free shot, and whomever wins gets an all you can drink bracelet for the rest of the night. Talk about a hangover in the morning. Choice from thousands of songs. So, come join us, this Sunday at 10pm at the O.W. Bar on 58th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue. YOu may just see some special "friends" in attendance. - SA

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The drama of life ..and the excitment

Hey everyone -
So, life has been so hectic aound here. All for the best. I just got off the phone with Neil Bartram who is going away to Hawaii with his boyfriend Brian and I decided at this moment that I would start looking at a vacation there as well. I sadly dont have a boyfriend, so my decision is to go away by myself and shut off my phone and my email and just relax on the beach and get some sleep, and just enjoy myself. I will most pobablly leave sometime after the Neo Concert on June 12th. Which bings me to the thought that June will NOT have a MNNV. It is just to much for me to be doing the Neo concert AND another MNNV. We will be back in July though, I promise. I already have my cast.
Speaking of MNNV, for the first time in over a year and a half, I have replaced one of the paticipants. I wont go into any details, other then to say that I am extemely excited to welcome Katie Thompson to our show. She was recommended to me by Ben Cameon, a MNNV alumni, and I have only heard amazing things about her.
I have had two days off from work. It has been nice, but I need to get back and start making money. Especially if I expect to go to Hawaii. LoL. I am back tonight.
I am off to tea with Stephen Schwartz. How cool does that sound ? LoL. xo -SA

Monday, March 27, 2006

A nice Corona ...

A Nice Corona, with a fresh sqeeze of lime, always helps the body after a meeting. The meeting was close to my bar, so I decided to stop in, get a drink or two, respond to some wonderful emails from all of you, and write an entree on my blog.
Soooooooo, what I haven't discussed with all of you is that I have been hired by The York Theatre to coordinate the Neo Concert, that will take place as a benefit for the York, on June 12th. I am extremely excited. The Neo Concert celebrates and honors new and emerging composers, and as many of you know, my love for new writers (and new voices) is what insprired my 'Monday Nights, New Voices' series, so to have the outlet to showcase a greater range of talent, as well as learn about a greater range of talent, is so inspiring for me. In addition, like the first Neo Concert, the program will most likely be recorded live by Jay Records, which means that many of you will have the opportunity to hear such incredible new work that I believe so strongly about. I have already been in touch with some INCREDIBLE performers to sing the new work, and am really excited by this evening, and know that those who know me, can rest assured that I will bring to the table nothing but an incredible evening.
I am also REALLY excited about our New Voices concert on the 10th of April, and more excited to hear many of you will be attending. Ok, many of you are coming to see the incredible Ricky Ian Gordon and talented Max Von Essen, but by the end of the evening, I hope you fall in love with our new voices. I have no doubt that you will.
I forgot to say that I saw my pal Todd go on in Spelling Bee the other evening. Well, obviously, he IS amazing, so it was not hard to believe that he would be amazing, which he was. Todd and I have known each other for years, as he was my roommate at Stagedoor Manor. I read an interview with Julia Murney by Andrew Ganz on Playbill.com in which she said that she is inspired most by her friends success. I feel the same way. Watching my friends accomplish there dreams, that you knew for years, they wanted more then anything, inspires me. Makes me think that maybe, I can do this one day as well. That this crazy dream of mine, one day, may be a reality. I know, through many of your emails, that you want this just as much as I do, and I hope you know you inspire me as much as I you claim I inspire you.
Oh, and I also saw V for Vandetta the other night. GO SEE IT !!! I loved it. Like Todd, I have known Natalie since we were young kids at Stagedoor, and it's so inspiring to see her doing her thing, and growing into such a beautiful lady. I couldn't be more proud of her, even if I haven't seen her in some time now. I think she deserves every bit of her success.
Ok, time to go get some choc. from Dylan's Candy Shop, then go home, feed the pup, eat, and go to XL star to support some past New Voices who are still rocking it. xoxo - SA

Sunday, March 26, 2006

A Good Cry ...

There is sometimes nothing like a beautiful, long, deep, meaningful cry. Sometimes your body aches for it. Other times, your happiness relays mostly on it. I am happy to say, a few moments ago, I gave in to my body, and cried. At first, I tried to be forceful, but by the end, I just gave in to what my heart was feeling.
Its a strange situation, because half of me is happy. It really is. I have just signed on for a new project, that I will tell all about in the next few days, but one that I am extremely excited about, and I know those who follow new work, will be as well. Though one of my "situations" feel through, one that may have given me and my music a little more exposure, everything works itself out in the end, I am sure of that. As of now, though, I think my heart has left the bar, as they sometimes say. After long discussions with Tara about where 'Piece' is at, we are riding it the show forward. There was a time when I wasn't sure where we were at, but we are determined to make this show go. I am so over welmed (as is Tara) by our fans creating a myspace page for our musical. I think the URL is "www.myspace.com/piecethemusical." It really has touched us, and I have given the fans full advantage of downloading some music from Piece, mainly because it's obvious these songs are demo recordings, and you deserve them, for all you have done for us, and this show, that is just one new show out of thousands ....Millions even ..We appreciate and love you.
On that note, I must go shower and get ready for work ..I hope this finds everyone well ...xo -SA

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nothing Worse ...

Then falling asleep early on a night off, and waking up too early on a night of work. Ok, maybe there are worse things then this, but as of right now, this is it for me. LoL. Not much more to say other then that. I have a lot on mind, which is probablly why there is a lack of sleep, and a lot of things I WISH I could report, but alas, I can't until there are final negotiations and hand shakes, and checks passed, LoL. I will keep you posted, as always. Ok, now let me try and get back to sleep if possible. The pup is sound asleep. I envy him. xo -SA

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Next 'MNNV' - APRIL 10TH ... EXCITING !!!

Well, I am excited to announce our new cast for the April 10th, 'Monday Nights, New Voices.' We are SO fortunate to have Ricky Ian Gordon join us as our special guest composer. As many of you may know, Ricky is my cousin, and someone dear to my heart. He has been an incredible support in teaching me about this industry, and I am so excited and honored that he will be joining us for the evening. In addition, our host for the evening will be Max Von Essen, which is just wonderful as well. Well, here is the press release before I send it out tomorrow. I hope all of you are well. Remember, for those under 21, please contact me at MNNVinfo@yahoo.com. xo -SA

Join us April 10th, at 7pm, as we celebrate another "Monday Nights, New Voices." Help us honor our new cast, Tye Blue, Alison Cimmet, Tory Ross, Aléna Watters and Kristopher Monroe in another exciting showcase of raw NEW talent. Hosting the evening will be Dance of the Vampire's Max Von Essen, with special guest composer My Life With Albertine's Ricky Ian Gordon and up and coming composer Ryan Scott Oliver.
January marked a year since composer Scott Alan set out to produce the monthly series that showcases up and coming talent at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre and teams them with established and up and coming composers in a one night only event. In the year since its debut, many of todays most acclaimed Broadway stars and composers have joined together to honor the 'New Voices' for there exciting achievments and to celebrate there exciting future. Previous hosts have included Sutton Foster, Barret Foa, Cheyenne Jackson, Jenna Leigh Greene, Matt Morrison, Chad Kimball, Lisa Brescia, Felicia Finley, Shoshana Bean and Kerry Butler with special performances by composers Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lippa, Jason Howland, Michael John LuChiusa, Stephen Flaherty, Larry O' Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator Stephen Oremus.
The show has gone on to see many of it's performers star on Broadway, touring productions and off-broadway success. The April 10th evening will be musically directed by Barbara Anselmi.
Those under 21 should contact Scott Alan Mondaynight.newvoices@yahoo.com for admission information. The Duplex is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $10 cover charge and a two-drink minimum; call (212) 255-5438 for reservations. Visit www.theduplex.com for more information.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Say Goodbye

I have been asked by a lot of people to record Lisa Brescia singing 'Say Goodbye' after lasts nights show. WE ARE WORKING ON THAT ..It will happen ..I promise ...until then, someone sent me there file of her singing it live from Monday Nights, New Voices, and now you can hear it on my MYSPACE page ... myspace.com/scottalanmusic. I hope you enjoy it ...I LOVE HER ..xo -SA

ps. Does anyone have Stephanie singing NNL or me singing 'Goodnight' ...not like thats legal or anything ...lol ..but if you happened to have it, and all ...you know, id love to hear it .. =-)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Working outside of your Box ...

I just wanted to thank everyone who came last night, again, for your support. It was so appreciated. Last night marked a big event for me, as I played for both Lisa and Stephanie. I have to say, I was nervous as hell. I have NEVER played 'NNL' for Stephanie, nor have I ever played for Lisa before. It was beyond an honor for me, and made me realize exactly what you can do when you work outside your box. I am a self taught piano player. I dont know an F# from a C flat (thank you Damon for your beautiful quote ...lol), and I don't read music, so when I write music, I write from someplace else, and I write in my voice, always. I am not good at lowering keys, but awhile back, when working with Felicia Finley for a benefit, I had to do just that, and then again, for Standing Ovations 2, I had to lower the key for Liz Callaway a night before (I fucked up majorly during the performance, but life resumes). I never thought I would be able to tackle NNL ...but then again, it took me less then three minutes to figure it out, and now, im lowering EVERYTHING ...Home was lowered last night, Lisa's song 'Say Goodbye' was lowered last night ...and I just realized that I dont give myself enough credit. I can even tell you that I played Lisa's song in the key of C ...I'm really moving up in life ..you may think im crazy, but im proud of this crazy boy !!! This is NOT an ego trip, this is me being proud of myself ...and realizing that it's so easy to be scared of things, but until you try it, you never know what you really are capable ...so I urge all of you to work outside of your comfort zone, just once, and see what you just might find on the other side.
On a side note, I am working out final details for our next 'Monday Nights, New Voices.' I have a GREAT host (you are all gonna love him ... I know how you like your sexy men), a great cast, a great up and coming composer (again, thanks Damon), and now just working on my established composer. I will update you all soon enough ...xo -SA

Monday, March 13, 2006

Short Post of happiness ...

I am so happy right now. Our MNNV was so rewarding for me, and I can't even tell you how much fun we had backstage. The talent for this show was incredible, but I think, in the end, the new music was what stood out the most, which is wonderful, since that is the heart of this program. The performers, though, are so talented, and so sweet to give there time. Jeffrey Kuhn, besides being a sweetheart, has the most beautiful eyes and greatest smile. Christopher J, Hanke needs a project to sell his talent. His voice is glorious, and his ability to sell a song is so refreshing to see. Eden Espinosa is ..well ...AMAZING ....The song she sang tonight showed her not just as a wonderful voice, but a riveting actress. Her career has years left. Sebastion Arcelus is not only handsome, but talented and couldn't be nicer (His parents are officially my favorite people in the world now, as well. They are his biggest fans). Mamie Parris is a young lady that everyone needs to look out for, but I have know this since the moment I first heard her sing. BREATHTAKING. Jill Abramovitz is not only a wonderful actress and singer, but one hell of a writer. She has it all. Lisa Brescia ...well, what is there to say ...One of the best in the business that needs to have a show written just for her ....She is gorgeous, talented, and knows how to win over the audience with her voice. Alysha Umpress is the next Jane Monheit. I just hope she remembers me before she is a huge star. Of course, Stephanie J, Block. I really feel as if I have taken a large journey with Stephanie and always feel so honored to have her sing my material. Tonight, Stephanie decided that Never NeverLand is her 'Evergreen.' She promised me when she records her CD, this song is on it ....im holding her to it. Of course, Neil and Barbara ...The next generation of writers. I can't wait for another evening of new music. For now, I hope we see you all on April 10th, as we celebrate great new voices. Thank you everyone who came out to support us, even with such incredible benefits tonight. We appreciate your support and hope to see you next time. xo -SA

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hey Kids ....

Hey There -
Just a small sign in before heading to work, as tomorrow, I will be shutting off my computer and turning off my cell phone for half the day, just to relax and emjoy my morning.
I am a total tool, and I bought one of those doggie stars for my pup. Well, I may be a tool, but praise the lord, he isnt waking me up to get up on the bed anymore. Now he is waking me up to get under the covers. Hey, it's a step in the right direction.
I am trying to get over this damn little throat thing I got going on. It's not a cold, but it's like a frog sitting on my vocal chords. Maybe I have nodes, who knows. After Mondays show, I am going to try and rest my voice as best as I can, which may be hard, since I work every night this week. I picked up a shift from a co-worker Tuesday night, because he is going away, and then was asked to work St. Patricks day friday as well, which means, I have no days off, including the show on Monday.
I am really looking forward to the show Monday. I think you are all going to just love the music of both Neil and Barbara. I am a huge fan of both of them, and I mean, look at the people singing the music for the evening. Beyond amazing.
Well, that seems to be all for now. Wishing you all the best and see some of you on Monday. xo -SA

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Sarah, Plain and Tall ... and more ....

Ok, you know how much I love to support my friends, and especially 'Monday Nights, New Voices' alumni, and now you can. Both Spelling Bee's Kate Wetherhead (one day I will be able to say Piece's Kate Wetherhead ...ONE DAY !!!) and Avenue Q's Becca Ayers star in Larry O' Keefe (a past MNNV guest composer) and Julie Jordan's "Sarah, Plain and Tall" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, March 19-April 30th. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is "an exuberant and exquisitely touching musical about a family whose house on the prairie is empty until Sarah enters their lives, awakens their hearts, and helps them sing again. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery Medal-winning book." Since I live practically next door, trust me, I'll be there more then once. I know that most of the day shows have already been sold out, so I think it's time you go and support some major talent (The cast will also features Ayers' sister, Heather Ayers, as well as Herndon Lackey, Kenneth Boys, Lani Shipman, Mica Duncan and Kate Fahrner). It's only 75 minutes long. Love those. Ok, here is the information from the press release I JUST received (just jumping on this one):

"Sarah, Plain and Tall will play Tuesdays-Thursdays at 10:30 AM, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays and 2 and 7 PM and Sundays at 11 AM, 2 PM and 5 PM. Tickets are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.twusa.org. (I believe you can purchase tickets at the box office as well..side note). The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street.

In addition, other MNNV alumni. After this upcoming MNNV on March 13th, you can hear a full set by Jersey Boy's Michael Longoria at The Duplex following our show.

Ok, that is all for now. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Monday. Also, I just wanted to tell you ..Sometimes, its strange ...I will have a lag in "fan" letters, and then out of nowhere, they pour in, one after the other. There have been some incredibly touching one's these past few days. A few have made me cry (I am such a baby ..I told you, I cry at Boy Meets World ..It's just bad). Anyhow, I have been working every night, and most of the time, I get your emails on my phone, and don't have much time to respond, and then get home, fall asleep, and wake up and do as much work as possible, and then back to work, but please know, I love you all, am so honored you share your stories with me, and am so extremely touched that my music has found a way of comfort for each of you. I always respond, and will respond eventually.

I hope this finds you all well. With Love, SA

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Important Information regarding March 13th ...

HEY EVERYONE - Soooooo, I know many of you have emailed me to say you are on the waiting list for March 13th's MNNV .... I cant say this with certainty, but for those of you who are scared to go on a waiting list, I can say that MOST of you will be able to get in ...I have seen this happen before, and now, with all these AMAZING benefits happening on the 13th, and so much going on, many people who made reservations may not show, so don't fret ....Please come to the Duplex ..We will pack the room in so no seat is left unseated, and hopefully everyone can get in to see the show, which is going to be AMAZING ...Sadly, Wayne Wilcox had to drop out, but another Wicked alumni, Jeffrey Kuhn, has taken his place, which is wonderful, and we are so happy to have him on board. He was amazing as Boq and incredible in the Assasins revival (ok, granted, I didn't see him as either, but Neil Bartram assured me he is fantastic, and so I am passing along the information as if I know this on a personal level ...lol). So, again, let it be said, that even though it seems like we have a long waiting list, please put your name on, and come down and support the evening. For those of you who DID make a reservation, but now are planning on attending another benefit, please call the duplex and cancel your reservation ...Thanks so much ...I hope this finds you all well and cant wait to see you in less then a week ....
On a side note, working at a gay bar is crazy. Its funny, cause as a gay man in a relationship (ok, obviously, im not in one now ...boo hoo), I am a very jealous person. I don't think this job is helping me at all. I am seeing sober guys come in, who get hit on, and decline a free drink because there in a relationship, and then an hour later, after getting shit faced on our beer bust Sundays, start making out with everyone in the bar. Oy ! What has the world come to. LoL.
Anyhow, I have to go to the bank and deposit my tax checks, and then head to Tara's apt for a last minute meeting on Piece before we really finish our next draft of the script. Exciting !!!
OHHHHHH, and I went to XL star last night, to support two past MNNV alumni, Emily Drennan and Emily McNamara, as well as host Scott Nevins, who has a show "Queer Deal or No Deal at the O.W. Bar on Thursday nights at 10:30 (in which I will be helping co-host starting March 23rd, until Bradon returns). Everyone was AMMMMAAAAZZZINGGG !!! I mean, the talent was unreal. I was so proud of both Emily's. Yaaaa MNNV alumni. I also ran into one of the new cast mates, Tory Ross, of MNNV for April 10th ...She was recommended by the talented Nikki Renee Daniels. We hadn't met yet, but she was there supporting John Hill, who was a judge, so it was fun meeting her after emailing for the past two days. Ok, good times ....Hope this finds you all well, and talk soon enough ..xo -SA

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Hey Everyone !!!

Hey there everyone - How are you all doing ? Things here are great. Getting ready for next weeks Monday Nights, New Voices. We just added Cam Janson's Jill Abramovitz and In My Life's Christopher J. Hanke. This is going to be a wonderful evening. It may not be as fancy as the Oscars (the pre-show is playing in the background. Jessica Alba is beautiful), but it is going to be a wonderful evening. Stephanie J. Block, Eden Espinosa, Lisa Brescia, Sebastion Arcelus, Wayne Wilcox and so many more ... Just wonderful...BUT, I am most excited about meeting a few of you whom I haven't met yet, and have been writting me for some time now.
Then on April 10th, we will be back with another MNNV. Yes, I am already working on that. Even more, I am working on our very special MNNV in May that will reunite the original cast of Monday Nights, New Voices. FINALLY all the ladies are in the same city again, and so I am working on dates now. Lauren Thomas, Sara Schmidt, Nikki Renee Daniels, Kathy Deitch, Zakiya Young and Jenna Leigh Green. I am very excited. Nothing can ever replace the original. It's also so beautiful to see how far these woman have come, but I'll let them tell you about that.
Other then that, I have work tonight, so I can only watch a little of the oscars this evening, sadly. Hey, making a living is important. The oscars can be tivo'd. OHHHHH, Meryl Streep looks beautiful tonight. Side note. I was served her at a past resteraunt. She came in 30 minutes after we closed. I was in a bad mood and was on my way out. The head chef happened to still be there, drinking, and Meryl walked in with a friend, and OF COURSE, they let her stay. She was a sweetheart though, even if she did keep me there for over an hour and her tip ...well ..she is the greatest actress alive. That was her tip.
Ok, im just rambling before getting in the shower. I will probablly write again this week. I hope this finds you well. Keep smiling. -SA