Sunday, February 24, 2008

Behind These Walls

So, I leave for the Bahamas on Monday morning for an entire week. I can't explain how damn excited I am. I will be sure to take lots of fun photos for facebook and myspace (I still feel very indebted to myspace). Anyhoo, I went to Chelsea Studios today to put down recordings of two of the new songs I wrote recently and just happened to have my video camera on me and decided to record one of them. I wish I could have recorded the other one, since it's one of my favorite new songs I have ever written, but I am saving that one for a special day .... soon, soon, i promise (thank you mr. sondeim). Anyhow, here is one of the newest songs called 'Behind These Walls.' I think its pretty easy to understand. When we enter new relationships, often people stand behind walls to keep their hearts from hurting. Sadly, even with walls protected it doesn't mean you will have safety from the devastation of a break-up. It's life, kids.
Thankfully, I am dating a wonderful guy right now and couldn't be happier, but the song was written as personal song at one point and time. ;)
I hope all of you have a fantastic week and I look forward to touching base with mucho updates when I return ... xo -SA

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

'Monday Nights, New Voices' - March 10th


The fourth season of the acclaimed Monday Nights, New Voices series continues March 10th at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre. This evening, the night belongs to the ladies.

Hosted by The Light in the Piazza’s Victoria Clark and Aaron Lazar, the ‘New Voices’ concert will celebrate the talents of Kimberly Chesser, Marisa Dargahi, Leslie Henstock, Addi McDaniel and Sara Weiss. Show time is 7 PM.

Composer and lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld will be the evening’s guest composer. Schonfeld will accompany the performers on material from his Songbook. Barbara Anselmi is the evenings musical director.

Composer Scott Alan launched the Monday Nights, New Voices series to "showcase some of today's brightest new talent in New York."

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located at 61 Christopher Street and 7th avenue. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 255-5438

Sunday, February 17, 2008

'New Voices' Reminder - TOMORROW 2/18

Arden, Buonopane, Foa, Keenan-Bolger and Schwartz celebrate their favorite 'New Voices' February 18

The acclaimed series, 'Monday Nights, New Voices,' will continue February 18th as some of Broadway's beloved stars come out to celebrate their favorite 'New Voices.'

Big Rivers Michael Arden, Spelling Bee's Todd Buonopane, Avenue Q's Barrett Foa, Les Miserables Celia Keenan-Bolger and Wicked's Stephen Schwartz, will each be on hand to honor this months 'New Voices.'

Produced by composer Scott Alan, the 7pm concert will feature performances from Whitney Bashor, Eric Imhoff, Abby Lee and Eric Krop. 2005's Jonathan Larson Award winner, Neil Bartram, will be the evening's 'New Voice' composer.

Alan premiered 'Monday Nights, New Voices' on January 10th, 2005 as a way to showcase and support new voices working in the theatre community. Since its premiere, the series has seen many of it's alumni go onto starring and supporting roles on the Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre stage.

Barbara Anselmi will be the evenings musical director.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum; for reservations call (212) 255-5438.

Monday, February 11, 2008

It's Starting ...

On April 14th, 2008 'Monday Nights, New Voices' will premiere in Manila, the capital of Philippines. The evening will be producer by Mahar Mangahas at the Magnet Cafe on Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Metro Manila). There featured composer will be Mr Rony Fortich, a Filipino composer who currently moonlights as the musical director for a theme park. There New Voices will include Felix Riverjavascript:void(0)a, Laura Cabochan and Marvin Ong and two more to be announces shortly. For those of you living in Manila and interested in being a part of the evening, visit: mnnvmanila.multiply.com.

This is extremely exciting stuff and there will be a youtube account with posted performances of the evening for all of you to witness and I just can't wait to watch them.

Which brings me to this. Star 'Monday Nights, New Voices' in YOUR city. Yes, I am series. This evening has brought me so much pleasure over the past four years and has provided a wonderful platform for talented individuals to not only be heard but to perform.

So, I am proposing that you bring 'Monday Nights, New Voices' to you. What I will do, as I did with Mahar Mangahas, is assist you in any way possible, from helping find venue, to directing you on how the evening should run, to getting you as much press as possible for the event. I will even help screen the talent if you need or help you get in touch with future hosts and composers whom may be available in your city.

I am 100% series about this and I hoping that I will hear from many of you. Why there isn't a 'Monday Nights, New Voices' in Los Angeles or Boston or Chicago, and the list goes on, is beyond me, but let's make this happen. Email me directly at MNNVINFO@yahoo.com.

I will ask for nothing in return. Just the sheer satisfaction of working alongside of you to help pass along the good wealth of giving back and honoring New Talent.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best,
SA

Thursday, February 07, 2008

In Three's ...

As I mentioned yesterday, life happens in three's. Today was no exception:

1- Today I went ahead and hired an assistant to help me maintain my life a little bit better. Dee, my incredible webmaster, is now my incredible right hand lady. She will be taking care of many of my 'business' affairs and it will be one less thing that I will need to worry about. I have much more on my plate then I ever thought I would and though I am grateful and honored, It has taken over my life. Though composing is a part of my life I don't want to be one of those people who make this my entire life.

'I made work my life/wouldn't settle for less/always fought hard to prove/that I'd be the best/I closed down my heart/love could not come inside/that's the moment i felt/the old me start to die/a career on the rise/no one else to protect/i started shedding my skin/till their was none of me left'

I am slowly regaining my life back. I don't want to be someone who is so obsessed with his work that he can't let anybody or anything in. Building a home with a white fence and a life with a husband, is very important to me. I need to start taking the proper steps to allowing myself to be more open.

2- I got myself a therapist. No, I am not embarrassed that I need to openly and honestly speak with someone. I am proud that I accepted this and am doing something about it. I begin my sessions next Thursday (Valentine's Day. So fitting). This may be too much information for certain 'fans' to know about, but as someone who gets many a letter from young individuals crying out for help, they need to know ... I am not ashamed to reach for answers, so why should you be ?

3- I am going to the Bahamas. Yes, I am officially going away, by myself, without an internet or phone or anything. One week. One of the nicest hotels in the Bahamas. A beach front room. King sized bed. (I am not going to say where I am staying). I decided that if I was going to do it, I was going to go all out. I am now officially broke (don't tell my new assistant please). I couldn't be more excited, slightly nervous and all around joyous that I am finally getting away. I hope to be 20 pounds heavier, tan tan tan and make all my money back at the slot machines ;)

Their is a fourth, but then my title would be a lie (I got a new trainer to get me back into fighting weight). I am excited. Today is a brand new day and I am already feeling like I am on a vacation. DEE ROCKS !!!

WHO LOVES DEE ?!?!?

OH ...And, of course, most importantly, I wrote five new songs this week. One of them is probably the best song I have ever written and will hopefully be sung on a dear friends upcoming CD ...I guess you will have to wait till the next concert to hear the other four ... ;)


Best, SA

ps. If you haven't already, go to Shoshana Bean's myspace page and download her first single, Naomi, and listen to two other new tracks as well.

Ricky Ian Gordon

As many of you know, my cousin, Ricky Ian Gordon, is one of the most amazing and talented composers working in the industry. Growing up and watching him play the piano was a major influence upon me and he has always been a constant support over the years as I tap my toe into the water of Theatre.

Well, his official website has premiered and I think it's completely unique. Please head over to his site and check it out. If you don't know Ricky's work, you are missing out on knowing one of the greatest composers of our time.

http://www.rickyiangordon.com

CRY CRY CRY

Crying can be the greatest feeling in the entire world sometimes. Have you ever held in so much pain and stress for month upon month ? You wanted to release it, but no matter what you tried (watching Beaches TEN TIMES IN A ROW), you just couldn't release ? Well, it's been four month for me, to be exact, and tonight, I released. It has been a very difficult few months that I will share when the time is appropriate. It's strange how sometimes bad things happen in patterns. One, two, three. Topping on top of each other. Tonight was the final straw. I walked in the door to my apartment, looked at my roommate Meredith, asked for a hug, and literally, at that moment, I fell on the floor, loss of breathe and just cried till I had nothing left. It felt AMAZING !!!!! I feel like a thousand bricks have crumbled around my heart and finally saw some light. At a time when things are still uncertain I feel stronger then I have in a very long time and have been able to realize that, through it all, everything happens for a reason. Their is no better cleansing in the world and I feel ready to sleep and start a brand new day tomorrow, so thank you for those of you who contributed to me needing the tears. You can try but you will not hold me down. Best, SA

Monday, February 04, 2008

Bolger, Foa, Buonopane, Arden and Schwartz honor 'New Voices' February 18th

The acclaimed series, 'Monday Nights, New Voices,' will continue February 18 at 7PM at The Duplex, as some of Broadway's beloved stars come out to celebrate their favorite 'New Voices.'

Michael Arden (Big River), Todd Buonopane (Spelling Bee), Barrett Foa (Avenue Q), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Miserables) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) will each be on hand to honor this months 'New Voices.'

Produced by composer Scott Alan, the concert will feature performances from Whitney Bashor, Eric Imhoff, Abby Lee and Eric Krop. 2005's Jonathan Larson Award winner, Neil Bartram, will be the evening's 'New Voice' composer. Bartram will accompany the 'New Voices' on selections from his songbook.

Alan premiered 'Monday Nights, New Voices' on January 10, 2005 as a way to showcase and support new voices working in the theatre community. Since its premiere, the series has seen many of its alumni go on to starring and supporting roles on Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre.

Barbara Anselmi will be the evening's musical director.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. 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=3145