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COUNTDOWN TO NYE
The Songs for Our City songwriting challenge has asked members of the Broadway community to write original songs inspired by the past year and the present moment. They will share their new songs in free live concerts, with audience votes deciding who will perform again in the final concert for a panel of industry judges. The participating songwriters are primarily past performers of the Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and up-and-coming composers performing their own original music. Join us for this celebration of the theatre community, creativity, and live music.
All concerts are FREE, open to the public, and for all ages. RSVP for limited seating!
Performers for June 2nd:
Albert Guerzon (Mamma Mia!, Ghost, Escape to Margaritaville)
Albert is a Broadway veteran. Some of his fave credits include Mamma Mia!, Ghost, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Escape to Margaritaville. He’s a singer-songwriter and grateful for this opportunity to create some music therapy for himself and whoever it is meant to reach in this world.
Rebecca Murillo (Breathe, A Seat at the Table)
Rebecca Murillo is a performer and composer-lyricist originally from Orange County, California. Her musical works have been performed in venues across the country and she has performed on stages from New York City to Tokyo, Japan. Projects: “Fever” from Breathe (written with Rob Rokicki), A Seat at the Table (TNNY Soundbites Festival). BFA Musical Theater from Pace University.
Starbird & the Phoenix (Courtney Bassett & Andrew Swackhamer: The Great Comet, Titanique; Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Show & Tell)
Starbird & the Phoenix is "a Musical Joy-Gasm" (Ben Cameron). Powered by gutsy pop/rock vocals and ukulele extroversion, S&P have been lighting up stages across NYC since 2016. Highlights: Late Comet series at 54Below with the cast of Broadway's The Great Comet, (le) poisson rouge with The Songwriter's Orchestra, and the inaugural seasons of Broadway Buskers and Songs for Our City. New LP Starfire streaming NOW!
Storm Thomas (Futurity, Skin of Our Teeth)
Storm Thomas is a Black Trans drummer from Los Angeles who writes musicals: Notes on the Past (Trans Theater Fest), Ancient Future (Polyphone Festival), and Be Like Bone (in progress). Storm is a co-founder of Theater, But Dance. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College; undergraduate, UC Santa Cruz. Currently in residence with TF and teaching Queer Musical Theater at NYU/Tisch Drama in the fall.
Mike Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tuck Everlasting, Wicked)
Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tuck Everlasting, Wicked, The Wanderer (Pre-Broadway workshop). Off-Broadway: RENT, The Kid, Seussical, Oliver Twist. Film/TV: Mysteries of Laura, Blood Night, Loving Leah. He is also a singer-songwriter and his new album Polarity can be found on Spotify and iTunes.
The Songs for Our City concert series is curated and hosted by Ben Cameron.