Friday, November 30, 2007

Billy Alan



Ok, I am having a bad/stressful day, but one thing makes me happy, and that's my dog. Isn't he precious ?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Birdland CD Release Concert and Party - UPDATE !!!!

As most of you know, and most of you have written me, the CD Release Party on January 7th, 2008 is officially SOLD OUT ...BBBBBUUUUTTTTT, and this is a huge but, you can still be a part of the evening.

Tickets are sold only for tables, BUT, they have a nice sized bar area that can fit A LOT of people. Those of you who have written me wondering if it's worth it to try and get in, I have OFFICIALLY been told by the 'powers that be' (aka Jim Caruso) that almost every time in the past, they have been able to get everyone who wants to in for the evening concerts. Yes, it may be a tight fit, and yes, some of you may be standing for over an hour, but it's going to be an AMAZING night featuring talent such as : Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block, Eden Espinosa, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Carly Jibson, Danny Calvert and more ... expect the unexpected .... a CD signing and reception with all the artists will follow the concert.

It's over a month away, but I am already so excited .... hope to see you then ...

Best, -SA

ps. And yes, many of the performers will be singing more then one song ;)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Catching Up

Hey There -
I hope that everyone is well and had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. I ate a little to much. I actually just ate the last bit of left overs last night. Thankfully, they are gone, and today, I head back to the gym to get myself thin again .... I had a wonderful holiday myself. I spent it with my mother and sister, aunt, uncle and cousins. Every year, my mom makes the same dishes, and we always look forward to them. She isn't the greatest cook, but she has perfected these dishes, thankfully.

I still have a cold that doesn't want to seem to go away, and with this cold front hitting New York this weekend, it isn't helping much. Yet, that's a small pebble in the road for me right now. Everything seems to be going wonderfully, knock on wood. I have started really putting together the December 10th New Voices Wrap Up concert at the Duplex. It is sure to be a fantastic evening, with almost every composer and performer joining us from this past year. The hardest part is keeping the show around an hour and 15 minutes, but It must be done. I hope that those of you who will be in the city will help us celebrate the end of our third year. It seems like only yesterday I started the series, and now we head into our fourth year. I am very blessed.

In addition, work has started on the CD Release party. I should have the final list of performers by the end of this week. Sadly, Katie Thompson had to pull out of the evening since her own show will be making a debut out in Los Angeles, but Carly Jibson, who duets with Jackie Hoffman on At Seventeen, will be singing 'Say Goodbye' in her place and I know she is going to rock it out. Carly's voice is unbelievable. I am also excited to announce that Shoshana Bean will also be joining us for the evening as well. As of right now, that means, Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block, Eden Espinosa, Liz Callaway, Danny Calvert Jonathan Groff, Carly Jibson, Adriane Lenox and Cheyenne Jackson will be joining us. Remember, there will be a CD signing afterwards. If you don't own the actual cd, we will be selling them at the venue after the show, so no worries. Please note: Only actual CD's will be signed. You can still buy tickets to the show HERE.

Let's see, what else. Oh, yes, you can hear an interview done with Jesse Vargas and myself on the Broadway Bullet podcast, which is available for download on iTunes or HERE. In addition to the downloaded interview, you will also be able to download the two live in studio performance of Katie Thompson singing 'Say Goodbye' and Danny Calvert singing 'Kiss the Air.' I know many of you would enjoy those on your ipods, so go take a listen now. Its the Episode two of the latest podcast.

Other then that, 'Piece' got some interesting news this week, and after things finalize, I will share that with you. In addition, I started work on a new musical. Again, I am trying to finalize the title and get the rights to it, and when that happens, I will bring you all the information. It's a show I am extremely excited about, so I really hope that it happens. I always said I wouldn't write a show based on a novel or a movie, but, I just read this book and fell in love with and the central character, and couldn't help myself. Fingers are crossed.

My dog, Billy, is asleep now, and I need to go to the gym. I made a decision this week that I will be buying my first apartment this year. I don't really have the money to do that, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. All I need to do is sell one song to one recording artist and I am ready to go ...anyone have any leads for me ? ;)

On a closing note, I wanted to thank so many of you for your beautiful letters in the past few months. I got my sales for iTunes downloads for the months of October and was BLOWN AWAY by how many of you downloaded the full cd. I wanted to thank you for that. It means the world to me. Recently a friend of the family passed away and he left a letter to be read at his funeral. In the letter he accused those in the audience for only being there for his death, not for his life, for not being there when he needed them most. Well, it made me realize how lucky I am, that every single day of my life for the last four years I have received at least one letter from a total stranger telling me the impact that music has had on them. Even a one sentence can make a difference. I wish this for everyone of you. There is no feeling like knowing you are appreciated by someone, and I thank you for taking the time to care.

I wish you all a wonderful week. Stay warm ...xoxo -SA

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chip Zien hosts December 10th 'New Voices' Celebration

BROADWAY VETERAN CHIP ZIEN HOSTS THE 'NEW VOICES' YEAR END WRAP UP CONCERT, December 10th

On December 10th, Broadway Veteran Chip Zien will host 'Monday Nights, New Voices' year end wrap up concert with a bevy of stars and New Voice alumni from this past years series.

Joining the celebration will be Anna Bergman, Randy Blair, Mick Bleyer, Charl Brown, Matt Cavenaugh, Brian Crum, Lianne Dobbs, Nick Dothee, Morgan Paige Fluss, Lauren Kennedy, Jeff Kready, Jessica Lanzetta, Matt Leisy, Samantha Massell, Christy Morton, Skie Ocasio, Chuck Ragsdale, Nicholas Rodriguez, Sara Schmidt and Rena Strober.

Past years composers joining the evening celebration include David Kirshenbaum, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Michael Heitz and Illene Reid, Tom Kitt, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, Jeff Bowen and Deborah Abramson. More performers and composers to be announced.

Produced and conceived by composer Scott Alan, The December 10th celebration will mark three years of honoring and celebrating new work and talent in the theatre industry.

Zien is perhaps best known for playing the role of the Baker in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods. He has also appeared on Broadway in Falsettos (Mendel), Grand Hotel (Otto Kringelein), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Goran), The Boys from Syracuse (Dromio), The Suicide (Victor Victorovich) and Ride the Winds (Inari). In addition to Falsettos, Zien has also worked with William Finn in A New Brain (Mr. Bungee), Falsettoland (Mendel), March of the Falsettos (Mendel) and In Trousers (Marvin). He was recently seen in the movie United 93 and has appeared on television in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Law & Order," "Now and Again," "Judging Amy" and "thirtysomething."

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit theduplex.com.

Friday, November 16, 2007

New CD's available ....

just an update that the new batch of cd's have been sent to cdbaby. So, for those of you whom have been waiting to purchase the entire cd, you can do so HERE. I really appreciate everyone's patience with the wait.

Best, SA

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On we go ...

Hey everyone -
Lasts night 'New Voices' concert was fantastic, and so thank you to all of you whom came out to support and honor New Voices. On December 10th, we will celebrate the year behind us, with performances from this years past New Voice Alumni, Hosts and composers. Reservations can be made already HERE.

In addition, I get the CD's back from the printing company tomorrow afternoon and will be sending them via fed-ex to CDBaby so those of you on the waiting list expect the CD's to become available by Friday.

My pup, Billy, has been sick and it has been a very hard few days with almost no sleep but, thankfully, he is getting better with medication and I am taking a sleeping pill tonight to get my body back on track.

I am really so happy that so many of you seem to be joining us for the CD Release party on January 7th @ Birdland. Is it strange that I am already nervous about it ?!?! A lot of you have sent me requests for the evening (About 10 of you said the same thing ....can Stephanie and Eden sing 'Setback' ...REALLY ?!? ... Hmmmmm....I'll think about it ...lol). Keep sending in your requests, I will be taking them very seriously. So far the biggest requests are:

-Anymore
-Setback
-Joe
-How Did it All Begin ?
-It's Good to See You Again

We shall see ;)

Wishing you all the best .... I am going to go work on the December 10th concert now ...Best, SA

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Monday Nights, New Voices ...November 12th; Hosted by the cast of [Title of Show]

The acclaimed Monday Nights, New Voices series continues November 12th at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

The series, produced by composer Scott Alan, showcases some of today's brightest new talent in New York. The November 12th concert will be hosted by [Title of Show] star's Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen.

Bowen, who wrote the music and lyrics for the Off-Broadway cult sensation [Title of Show] will also serve as the evenings guest Composer and will introduce songs from his songbook, sung by the New Voices.

The New Voices showcased at November 12th performance will include Michael Harrison, Carrie Johnson, Matt Leisy, Keewa Nurullah and Chuck Ragsdale.

The evening will be musically directed by Barbara Anselmi, who will also accompany the New Voices.

In addition to performances by the New Voices, [Title of Show] Musical Director, Larry Pressgrove, will accompany Bell, Blackwell, Blickenstaff and Bowen on a special performance from there hit show.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit:
http://theduplex.com/test/webcalendar/reservations.php?cal_id=2924

Thursday, November 08, 2007

CDBaby ...

I've gotten a few emails asking when the next shipment of 'Dreaming Wide Awake' will become available again on CDBaby, so, just a small update. I should get back my full shipment by Monday, and then, will send them over to CDBaby, so expect them to go back up on sale around Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Thanks for your patience everyone. Of course, it is still available on iTunes or mp3 format on CDBaby as well ... only the best, SA

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Broadway Bullet

Hey Everyone -
Jesse Vargas and myself did an an interview with Broadway Bullet last week, promoting this little CD called 'Dreaming Wide Awake.' That interview will premiere shortly, and I will keep you updated on when that happens. In addition to the interview, Danny Calvert and Katie Thompson also joined us in the studio to do a live performance of there songs from the CD, 'Kiss the Air and 'Say Goodbye.' To see video's of these performances, watch below. They both sound really wonderful. ENJOY !!!



Thursday, November 01, 2007

Birdland Concert Update !!! (NewEST additions)

Hey Everyone -
So, a small update about the CD release party on January 7th. I am excited to say that I have started getting confirmation from some of the performers, and the following artists will be joining Jesse Vargas and myself:

Eden Espinosa
Liz Callaway
Cheyenne Jackson
Stephanie J. Block
Adriane Lenox
Jonathan Groff
Carly Jibson
Danny Calvert
Katie Thompson

More of the performers will be joining us for this exciting night, but, as of now, these are the performers that I know for sure !!!! There will also be songs not included on the CD, so if you are attending the show and have a song you MUST hear that wasn't included on the CD, let me know.

So, here is the ticket information:

$25 - General Admission
$40 - Ringside/Front Row Orchestra Seats
$10 Food and Drink Min.

Reservations can be made by calling (212) 581- 3080 or visit the Birdland website
to make reservations online.

There will be a CD signing with all of the artists following the concert. It should be a wonderful night.