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Kennedy Center - 2010 Broadway Today and Tomorrow Series

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The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. hosts free concerts every night at 6pm ET, sponsored by Target and Fannie Mae. In most cases, tickets are not required. All performances are broadcast live on the web and archived for later viewing.


Broadway Today & Tomorrow - 2010

As part of the Millenium Stage 13th Anniversary, the Kennedy Center hosts a special series of Broadway Today & Tomorrow events from February 8 to February 13, 2010. Each night features Broadway composers talking about their work and performing their songs with the help of some of Broadway's best singers. This is part of the Kennedy Center's initiative "Broadway: The Third Generation", which celebrates current and rising Broadway composers.


Monday, February 8, 2010
Peter Mills / Matt Cavenaugh / Kate Baldwin

Peter Mills Matt Cavenaugh Kate Baldwin

Composer/lyricist Mills recently wrote music and lyrics for a critically acclaimed bluegrass adaptation of J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World set in 1930s Appalachia. Cavenaugh created roles in the original musicals Grey Gardens and A Catered Affair. He is currently playing Tony in Arthur Laurent's revival of West Side Story. Baldwin made her Broadway debut in the 2000 production of The Full Monty. She went on to perform in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town, and Finian's Rainbow. Allison Seidner is on cello.

In the table below, the first start time is for Pete's introduction of each song and the second is the start time of the performance.

Start Times         Description
00:00 Introductions
01:15 / 01:45 Matt Cavenaugh and Kate Baldwin sing a duet of "Let's Don't" from The Pursuit of Persephone
04:50 / 6:45 Matt sings "Highway Miles" from The Flood
10:40 / 11:45 Kate sings "Things That Float" from The Flood
15:30 / 16:15 Matt sings "Way Ahead of My Time" (aka "The Caveman Song) from The Taxi Cabaret
19:45 / 20:50 Matt and Kate sing "Without a Word" from The Alchemists
24:45 / 25:55 Matt sings "Golden" from The Alchemists
29:45 / 31:05 Kate sings "Cautiously Optimistic" from The Taxi Cabaret
35:40 / 38:00 Matt and Kate sing "More to Me" from Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge
41:40 / 42:20 Kate sings "Golden Boy" from Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge
46:20 / 48:00 Matt sings "Down the Track" from The Pursuit of Persephone
50:55 / 51:45 Kate sings "Patience" from Illyria
55:10 / 56:30 Matt and Kate close with a duet of "Bad Connection" (?)


The full concert video is accessed from Peter Mills at the Kennedy Center.

Sheet music for almost all of these songs is available at http://www.pcmills.com/songs.html.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Ryan Scott Oliver / Jay Armstrong Johnson / Alex Brightman / Lindsay Mendez

Ryan Scott Oliver Jay Armstrong Johnson Alex Brightman Lindsay Mendez

Composer/lyricist Oliver is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. Actor Johnson is understudying in the hit revival of Hair on Broadway. Brightman is currently playing Boq in Broadway’s Wicked. Mendez just completed the Off-Broadway run of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Sharon Kenny is on piano, Jeremy Yaddaw on drums and Allison Seidner on cello. Matthew Murphy is on location to make Ryan happy.

In the table below, the first start time is for Ryan's introduction of each song and the second is the start time of the performance.

Start Times         Description
00:00 Welcome
01:20 / 02:05 Alex Brightman sings "Never" from Darling with Jay Armstrong Johnson and Lidsay Mendez
06:00 / 7:20 Lindsay sings "Dull Little Ache" from Darling with Jay and Alex
10:50 / 12:00 Jay sings "Caralee" from 35MM
14:20 / 14:35 Alex and Lindsay sing "Hemming and Hawing" from 35MM
19:40 / 20:50 Lindsay sings "Out of My Mind" from Mrs. Sharp
23:45 / 24:30 Jay and Alex sing "Halfway"
28:10 / 29:05 Ryan Scott Oliver sings "The Plane"
32:30 / 32:55 Alex sings "What I Wouldn't Do for You" from Mrs. Sharp
35:30 / 36:40 Jay and Lindsay sing "Make Me Happy" from 35MM
39:00 / 40:15 Alex, Lindsay and Jay sing "Mamma Let Me In" from 35MM
43:00 / 43:30 Jay sings "To Do"
47:00 / 48:25 Lindsay sings "The Ballad of Sara Berry" from 35MM with Alex and Jay
52:55 / 53:30 Alex sings "Lost Boy" from Darling
57:30 / 58:05 Jay closes the concert by singing "Song of the Dead Fairy" from Darling with Alex and Lindsay


The full concert video is accessed from Ryan Scott Oliver at the Kennedy Center.

Sheet music is available for purchase at http://www.ryanscottoliver.com/contact.html. Michael Murphy's photos used for 35MM are available for viewing at http://www.murphymade.com/.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Steven Lutvak

Steve Lutvak

The award-winning composer, lyricist, and singer-songwriter wrote the title track to the critically acclaimed documentary Mad Hot Ballroom.

Sorry, this performance has been canceled due to weather; it will be re-scheduled at a later date.

For more information, visit http://www.stevenlutvak.com/.


Thursday, February 11, 2010
Alan Schmuckler / Michael Mahler

Alan Schmuckler Michael Mahler

The Chicago-based composer/lyricists were commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater to co-write book, music, and lyrics for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?.

Sorry, this performance has been canceled due to weather; it will be re-scheduled at a later date.

For more information, visit http://alanschmuckler.com/ or http://www.michaelmahler.com/.


Friday, February 12, 2010
Jordan Beck / Jonathan May

Jordan Beck and Jonathan May

The up-and-coming songwriting team is behind the new musical Add Me!, as well as a new musical adaptation of Peter Pan. They're joined by singers Baraka May and Mazie Wilson. Allison Seidner is on cello; Joshua Samuels on drums.

In the table below, the first start time is for Jordan's introduction of each song and the second is the start time of the performance.

Start Times         Description
00:00 Welcome
01:15 / 02:05 Jordan Beck and Jonathan May sing "We're Cousins," composed to open the show
04:40 / 6:10 Baraka May sings "A Little Tude"
9:05 / 10:10 Baraka sings "The Girl Inside" and "The Girl Inside (Reprise)" from Peter Pan
14:15 / 14:45 Mazie Wilson sings "Neverland" from Peter Pan
18:00 / 18:40 Jonathan, Baraka and Mazie sing "I Miss" from Peter Pan
22:20 / 23:10 Jordan sings "One Memory More"
26:35 / 27:00 Mazie sings "The Strongest Tree"
30:45 / 31:20 Baraka sings "Fly Little Bird Away" with Mazie
34:45 / 35:10 Jordan sings "Those Were the Days" with Baraka
39:15 / 40:25 Mazie sings "Where He'd Be With Me" from Add Me!
44:45 / 45:40 Jordan sings "Dreamer"
49:15 / 49:50 Baraka sings "Get Over Her" with Mazie


The full concert video is accessed from Beck and May at the Kennedy Center.

For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/beckandmay or http://www.facebook.com/beckandmay.


Saturday, February 13, 2010
Valerie Vigoda / Brendan Milburn

Valerie Vigoda Brendan Milburn

A two-time winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Writing, Vigoda performs with her husband and longtime collaborator Milburn; both are members of the trio Groovelily.

In the table below, the first start time is for the introduction of each song and the second is the start time of the performance. (In one case, the song starts during the introduction, so only one time is given.)

Start Times         Description
00:00 Welcome
01:05 / 01:55 Brendan Milburn sings "No Room in Your Bag" with Valerie Vigoda, a song from their band Groovelily
07:25 / 8:30 Valerie sings "Snow Song" from Striking Twelve
12:30 Brendan sings "Screwed Up People Make Great Art" from Striking Twelve
18:10 / 19:20 Brendan sings "Only a King" with Valerie from Sleeping Beauty Wakes
23:05 / 24:00 Valerie sings "Uninvited" from Sleeping Beauty Wakes
27:45 / 29:30 Valerie and Brendan sing "It Happens in a Moment" about a blind date from Long Story Short
33:40 / 34:10 Valerie and Brendan sing "There She Goes" from Long Story Short
38:20 / 38:55 Valerie and Brendan sing "Still Love", a song about getting old from Long Story Short
42:00 / 43:10 Valerie and Brendan sing "One Toy" from Toy Story
46:20 / 47:00 Valerie sings "Make a Little Noise" from Toy Story
49:15 / 50:55 Valerie sings "If You Believe" with Brendan, originally written for the film Tinkerbell
54:15 / 55:30 Brendan and Valerie close with "I Dare Say I'm In Love" from Sleeping Beauty Wakes


The full concert video is accessed from Vigoda and Milburn at the Kennedy Center.

For more information about their band or their film and musical theatre projects, visit http://www.groovelily.com/.