Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Neo II Update ...6pm show added

Hey Everyone -
As many of you know, on June 12th, I am the creative producer/director for the Neo II Benefit at The York Theatre, celebrating The York and honoring emerging composers. Our lineup for the event is really incredible, and our writers are a true testament to the new movement of theatre.
Our 9pm show sold out in days. Due to popular demand,Tomorrow morning, a group of $25 tickets will go on sale for the just added 6pm show. I would LOVE for you to attend and support this wonderful evening of music. I have included the newest press release. The $25 tickets will go fast, and are only available for purchase at The York Theatres box office.
I hope this finds you all happy and healthy.

xo -
SA

NEO II
A Benefit Concert Celebration of
Emerging Writers in Musical Theatre


MONDAY JUNE 12th, 2006

New York, NY – With the 9pm performance SOLD-OUT, York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), announces an additional performance of NEO2, a benefit concert celebrating emerging musical theatre writers, at 6:00pm on Monday June 12th at its home in Saint Peter’s Theatre. Due to overwhelming demand, a limited number of $25 tickets for this additional performance are now available at the York Theatre box office on a first-come first-serve basis (cash only).

“NEO” (an acronym for “New, Emerging, Outstanding”) celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of musicals. Since the first NEO concert three years ago -- also recorded by England’s JAY Records -- musical theatre fans and York supporters have eagerly anticipated the next incarnation. NEO2 will include songs by many new writers, including Jill Abramovitz & Joy Son, Deborah Abramson, Scott Alan, Barbara Anselmi & Will Randall, David Austin, Neil Bartram, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Eli Bolin, Sam Davis & Georgia Stitt, Andrew Gerle, Jeff Hochhauser & Robert Johnston, Joe Iconis, Jihwan Kim & Sean Hartley, David Kirshenbaum and Adam Overett. Currently scheduled to appear are Stephanie J. Block (The Boy From Oz), Kathy Brier (Hairspray), Jed Cohen (Is There Life After High School?), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Christopher Fitzgerald (Wicked), Barrett Foa (Avenue Q), Leah Hocking (Hairspray), Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee), Janine LaManna (Sweet Charity), Sally Murphy (The Wild Party), Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Phylicia Rashad (Bernarda Alba), Barbara Rosenblat (The Secret Garden), Steve Routman (Victor/Victoria), Michael Rupert (Falsettos), Jim Stanek (Lestat), Cheryl Stern (The Woman), John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), and more to come! York Theatre is producing the evening in conjunction with event producer Margot Astrachan and creative producer Scott Alan.

NEO2 will take place on Monday June 12th at York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s Theatre in the Citigroup Center, 54th Street just east of Lexington Avenue.

TICKETS range from $125 to $500. For more information and to reserve, please contact the York Theatre box office by phone at 212-935-5820, or by email (write “NEO tickets” in the subject line) at boxoffice@yorktheatre.org. A limited number of $25 tickets are on sale now at the York Theatre box office, and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis (cash only). The box office is open M-F, 12-6pm.

Monday, May 29, 2006

So many thoughts ...

I am filled with thoughts, and yet, part of me believes I should close my computer and sleep, but the other part of me is convinced I won't sleep without writing in my lovely blog for all you lovely, beautiful people.
So, things in my life are going well, a little bit too well. Everything seems to be falling amazingly in place right now. Usually I would be extremely happy, but if the past is any indication, the moment things starting falling into place, something falls apart. I am either being fired tomorrow from my job, my wallet is going to get stolen, or I am gonna eat cheese (don't ask). Something is gonna happen. Typical Jewish mentality, huh ? Nothing could be to good to be true.
So, today, I went to the pier and laid outside and read a little bit, and while I was there, my old roommate sat next to me. I noticed him, I'm sure he noticed me, and yet, neither of us said anything. Why ? Why are there people you know in your life, and you just don't care to continue that relationship ? Why are there people you have a relationship with, and yet, when you have the opportunity to see where there life has taken them, you opt not to. To just ignore that relationship, almost blocking it from your existence ? I don't have the answers, since I don't think there is an actual answer. Or is there ? Hmmmmm .....
Billy got his bath today and looks sexy as can be. It was nice having a day off. I worked a lot this week and needed a day to relax. Tomorrow, life is back, and work continues. The good part is, Tara and I have a meeting tomorrow with a producer at this amazing crepe restaurant. Listen, I don't enjoy the mornings, but if I am gonna try, why not start with a crepe, right ? Minus the cheese, of course !!! =-)
xoxo -SA

ps. I need a boyfriend

Thursday, May 25, 2006

3am at the Bar ...

It was 3am last night, and there was about five people at my bar, drinking, and talking. I was bored. I sat at the piano, and played. I didn't realize that the room went silent. I didn't realize that more people had entered the bar. I was done with my little ditty, and the next thing I heard was applause, and I looked around me, and there was a group just sitting behind me. I turned to stand up, to shut the piano bench beneath the piano, but I was urged to keep playing, so I did. It has been years since I played for people when there was nothing at stake, and it was beautiful, and peaceful. It was needed. I know now, more then ever, how much writing has changed me. xoxo -SA

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Thoughts ...

Hello Everyone. Wow, it has been a crazy and interesting few days. First, let me say this: I went on a date the other evening, and I had a very rude awakening. We went to The York Theatre to see 'A Fine and Private Place,' and though we went to see the show before it closed today, I ended up doing work, talking to everyone about ticket sales for the Neo2 Benefit and our lineup, and checking email on my phone and, well, not paying attention to my date. I am sometime very self absorbed in my own life, and how rude of me, to not be paying attention to this guy, whom I asked out in the first place, whom I actually really enjoy the company of, well, it woke me up. Sadly, I didn't wake up on my own. Yup, you guessed it, my date told me, flat out, that I have nothing to talk about. That I am all about Theatre, and outside of theatre, I am really empty. Ouch !!! Yet, so true. I am obsessed with Theatre. Maybe the reason I don't have friends outside of theatre, or I can;t ever get a second date, is because I don't talk about anything else. I don't really know how I am going to change that, but I am going to. Being aware is the first step. I think I may join the Gay and Lesbian Tennis team. Also, I am going to start leaving my phone off more often, and may leave it at home when I go out. No need to be looking at it while I am out with someone that should be keeping your company.
Now, don't worry. I will still talk honestly about 'Theatre' on this blog, and I will talk about what is going on with me. I am not going to erase my life.
The Neo2 Benefit is going great. As I found out on my date, (oy !!!) ticket sales are going fantastic. There is a waiting list for the $25 tickets. Please put yourself on the waiting list. It would be worth it in the end, TRUST ME !!! Our lineup is growing, and growing. I can't wait to meet some of these performers. Everyone has been sweet via phone and via email. Many people have asked me what everyone is singing. The track listing will be released soon, and YES, this whole concert will be recorded live by Jay Records, so that is exciting. I will say that Stephanie J. Block is singing 'Never Neverland.' I went back and forth between what song I wanted Stephanie to sing, and in the end, I am always asked where people can buy the song, and so I thought, this would give everyone the best opportunity. Plus, though there are fans of this song, it was also very important to me to showcase myself for those who don't know me or my work, and, well, let's be honest ..Stephanie owns this song. This is the song that first got me exposure, and I am looking forward to having it being supported at such a wonderful benefit, for such a wonderful Theatre company.
In addition, news will come out tomorrow of 'Piece.' We have been accepted into the NYMF and tonight is the celebration party. I had many doubts prior to being apart of a festival, I must be honest, but I am looking forward to having fan feedback. I hope all of you will come and support us when tickets go on sale. I would love for the show to sell out, so I will keep you posted. I know a few of the other shows, so I am excited to see some friends at the party tonight, even though I can only stay for an hour as I have to work at the bar tonight. Another 4am night. Always fun !!! =-)
That seems to be all for now. This week is going to be pretty busy for me. As I said previously, this Tuesday night, Lauren Thomas will be performing at 'The Mimi Show' at my bar. I really hope some of you can come out. It's free, and no drink min. at all. O.W. Bar is on 58th street between 2nd and 3rd.
In closing, there have been MANY emails I haven't responded to. I am gonna go through my emails sometime this week and reply to everyone. If I happened to already email you, and email you again, I am so sorry. LoL. I hope this finds you all well. xo -SA

Thursday, May 18, 2006

'The Mimi Show' Featuring Lauren Thomas ...This Tuesday Night at O.W. Bar

Hey Everyone - I am excited to say, that starting this coming Tuesday night, Mimi Infrust and myself will be hosting and producing an amazing new evening at the O.W.W Bar called 'The Mimi Show.' It will feature some of your favorite Broadway favorites, as well as tomorrow's biggest stars. I am so excited that Lauren Thomas, a 'New Voices' favorite, will be our very first guest. She will sing everything from 'All that Jazz' to 'Meadowlark.' The best thing is, the show is FREE !!! No drink min. or anything. The show will start this coming Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:30 at The O.W. Bar on 58th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. You never know who may stop by. Anything is possible. ANYTHING !!!! I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE !!!!

NEO2 BENEFIT -

Here are the news articles for the Neo2 Benefit I have been working so hard on. The lineup is just getting started. Expect many more names. In addition, there will be a VERY small amount of $25 tickets that have gone on sale TODAY at the York Theatre box office. I would love for all of you to be there, so if you want to attend, you can't get a better price ... they will sell out in no time, so head down and pick those up. Enjoy ..xo -SA

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/99748.html

http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=9759

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Thank You ...

I am so tired, but I wanted to thank all of you who wrote me, emailed me on Myspace, sent me sweet birthday comments and even sent me presents ... Wow ...this birthday rocked. I felt so loved by all of you, as well as my friends who joined me this evening ..I had a great dinner with my sister and my mom. Ruby Foo may suck to work for, but shit is there food good. LoL. Then it was off to my bar. I had a blast. Besides getting awesome gifts from my customers, Jenna Leigh Green, Schele Williams, Ben Cameron, Marty Thomas, Kate Pazakis and soooooo many more, each took to the stage to sing me a birthday song, and it just rocked down the house. Jenna sang the shit out of the The Wizard and I ....The audience went wild, and Schele singing 'Seasons of Love' was just pure genius. Everyone in the audience was so excited that they were getting Broadway talent on the east side, and for FREE ... I felt extremely blessed. I really had a wonderfl night, and, re-repeating myself, I felt extremely loved tonight. I couldn't feel more lucky !!! xoxoxo -SA

Monday, May 15, 2006

Birthdays are over rated ...

I don't ever enjoy the over excitment of birthdays. I just dont. There is usually this high expectation, and in the end, there is a huge let down when nothing you expected happens. Sooooooo, now I expect nothing, and get excited by the little things that happen. Tonight I am going to have dinner with my mother and sister at Ruby Foo's (I worked there for a day, and left after an hour when I couldn't fold a napkin to there liking, but I still love there food), and then I am going to meet a few friends for drinks at my bar. Just low key, nothing exciting.
I have been going in and out of a small depression lately. Don't know why, since things are going pretty well. I think I am just overly busy, and don't have much time for myself. It is showing all over my face (black circles under my eyes aren't as sexy as you may think). Even days that SHOULD be a day off, are now filling up, and the more I look at my calender, I notice I don't have any days off till after June 12th, So, I official re-decided that I wouldn't be doing a MNNV in June, which sucks, since I had a wonderful lineup, but I just can't do it right now. Selfish, yes, but a month off is much needed. I was expecting to take a nice long vacation, but, something came up ..I will announce that next Monday, though, I am sure it will be announced for me prior.
Tara and I read through the new 'Piece' script today, and it is in great shape. We went from 14 songs, to 23 songs. We had one act, and now we have two acts. It is crazy how much this show has really developed. We still are growing upon the show. Many songs have been cut, such as 'Alone,' and 'If I Own Today,' but the new songs better move along the plot, so I am not complaining. All of the songs have new lyrics. Even 'NNL' has some updates that the biggest fans will notice. I am happy to say that 'Magic' FINALLY found its place in the show, and works so beautifully. A lot of new lyrics there as well. Today, it was one of my favorite moments. It also has a reprise as well.
Ok, that is all for now. I am going to drink some tea, eat some hummus and sleep. I hope you are all well. Enjoy your day. xo -SA

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Life is good, and strange, and strangly good !!!

Hey everyone - Things here are calming down just a little bit. The MNNV alumni show went off without a hitch. Thanks to all those that came and celebrated with us. It was just nice seeing some alumni there (Kevin R. Free, Ellyn Marsh, Charly Seamon, etc ...), so thank you.
Now, of course, the mind shifts fuil speed to the Neo2 concert. Our lineup thus far is so wonderful, and our composers (still adding more) are all amazing, and our hosts, well, I will wait until the press release comes out sometime early next week. I am just very excited and proud to be working alongside Jim and Brian and all the countless other talented individuals who are lending such a wonderful strong hand to making this benefit nothing short of brilliant. I hope that all of you can attend. There will be some high priced tickets, but for those of you who have wallets and bank accounts that look anything like mine, lol, there will also be a small amount of tickets for each of you.
Then, I also have some good news regarding 'Piece,' but have to stay hush for now. Tara will make a mention of that on the Piece website next week, which happens to be my birthday week, lol. Well, my birthday is May 16th. Yeeehhhaaaaa. I'll be 28. I feel old.
Ok, that is all for now. Maybe life isn't THAT strange ...but it IS good. -SA

Monday, May 08, 2006

TONIGHT

Tonight is the next 'New Voices' concert. This is a VERY special one for me, and so, those of you who are free, come help me celebrate a year and a half, going strong, of this successful evening, with the very first cast from January 10th, 2005. Lauren Thomas, Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn, Fame on 42nd Street), Nikki Renee Daniels (Lestat, Nine, Aida), Kathy Deitch (Wicked), Zakiya Young AND hosted by Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Bare: A Pop Opera). The evening starts at 7pm at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre (61 Christopher Street/7th Avenue). If you are free, I hope to see you there. I mean, where else can you see Broadway talent on one stage, for ONLY $10 in a small venue like The Duplex ? It is incredible ... I hope this finds you all well ..time for sleep ..stay good ...xoxoxo -SA

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Stars of Wicked, Jersey Boys and Lestat sing 'New Work' May 8th ...

'Original 'New Voices' sing 'New Work' May 8'

On May 8th, Join us for an exciting 'Monday Nights, New Voices' as we celebrate and honor the original 'New Voices.' Joining the evening will be Jersey Boy's Sara Schmidt, Wicked's Kathy Deitch, Zakiya Young, Lauren Thomas, Lestat's Nikki Renee Daniels and Wicked's Jenna Leigh Green, who will also perform. Each performer will be singing new material by new writers, including Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, Sam Davis and Randy Buck, Barbara Anselmi and Ernie Lijoi, 'I Love you Because...'s David Austin, Jill Abramovitz and Joy Son and Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. Each composer will accompany the performers at The 7pm show, which will take place at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

Those under 21 should contact Scott Alan MNNVInfo@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.

Monday, May 01, 2006

How does he work ?

I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual. I will never understand how God choices people to join him in the next life. This morning, I woke to the sad and devestating news that my friends boyfriend died in a car accident. So young, so full of life. How does this happen ? Why does this happen ? I didn't know him on a close personal relationship, only meeting him twice, but I cried. I cried for her. I cried because nobody deserves this form of pain. I cried because someone I love was hurting. She has so much love around her, and all we can do is be there for her.
Vigils are being held, prayers are being spoken. I once read a book that said that every prayer made for a person helps there light glow that much stronger in heaven. Every night before I sleep, I pray for my grandparents and those I have lost. Tonight, I hope you will join me in a prayer and moment of silence for Tyler Fry.