Equity Principal Auditions have been announced for The Circus in Winter fall production at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT.
Monday, April 21st, 2014 10 AM to 6 PM (lunch 1 to 2)
Chelsea Studios 151 West 26th Street | 6th Floor, New York, NY
Casting Director Paul Hardt/SH Entertainment
Join us at 54 Below for a performance of selections from The Circus in Winter, performed by our composer Ben Clark and friends Corey Mach and Kate Rockwell. Tickets at www.54below.com
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) will highlight three songwriting teams who have been part of NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals: Paul Gordon (Broadway-bound Emma and Analog and Vinyl, which will premiere this summer at the Weston Playhouse), Barbara Anselmi & Brian Hargrove (Broadway-bound It Shoulda Been You, which was recently seen at The Village Theatre and George Street Playhouse) and Ben Clark (The Circus in Winter, which will premiere at Goodspeed Musicals this fall). The writers will sing songs from their Festival shows and upcoming projects, perhaps sharing a behind-the-scenes story or two along the way. Performers will include Corey Mach, Patti Murin, Kate Rockwell, Andrew Samonsky, Sarah Stiles and more!
I have heard rumor Hunter and I will get to dive in very soon and begin the ending of the Circus script process. So, I’m gonna take a look back at a song about just that, working.
We haven’t kicked off because Hunter is cast in the new Jason Robert Brown musical on Broadway. First world problems, haha. So, after he’s settled with his big boy job we’ll go.
I began writing ‘Workin Man’ as the opener to the show. I like the four on the floor idea at the beginning, a foot tapping, a lone voice. I can’t find the first pages, but I have the second verse. Before Pearly was a girl, the character was based off another Cathy Day character, named Gordon, a boy. He sang the line about “some men work for freedom” (sorry it’s hard to read, pencil is not coming through as well anymore. I’ll post exactly what it says below.)
I also remember these notations. Because I had to write and recite so much in the classroom during initial development, I started my own method of shorthand notation feel changes and intervals in my lyrics. For instance, the word “5th” above the words “see” and “couple” is there to indicate the jump in the vocal melody, a perfect fifth (the Star Wars leap). It’s funny to think I couldn’t hear that jump, its now turned into a blues run I’ve heard about 30 different women sing.
Ooo, I’m a Workin’ Man
” ” (indicates repeat)
Some men work for freedom
Porter, he works for good
He’s a man who’s always gonna spend
just the way he
Never can find him
Work in the stable
Plenty women comin
round lookin for him
To see if he’ll
look their way
Ooo, ooo, he’s a workin’ man
Works his nose to
Lives his life on the
Never looks up through
To see a couple
women passin him
Oh, how things do change
Fun to see where it will go next
^^^ Those aren’t lyrics, haha
It was a good weekend.
The team traveled to East Haddam, CT and Goodspeed Musicals to give a preview of our show to the season ticket holders and other theatre goers of the area. Reason being, Goodspeed has accepted us to do a full production of Circus In Winter at the Norma Terris Theatre. Likewise, we have announced a collaboration with actor/writer/director/Braves fan/Tony Nom Hunter Foster. I couldnt feel more comfortable if I wanted to.
I don’t feel pressure from this announcement, just joy. Feels like dreaming. I played five songs in the afternoon, and Beth joined me to fill in plot lines and give the backstory of our own journey. It was well received.
The strangest things come back around. I performed “Never Alone”, seems to be my staple anymore, and a woman commented in the Q & A after my mini-set. In answering questions about where we’ve been, Beth and I spoke about the original concept of the Virginia Ball Center group from 2010. Originally, our first idea was to compose a connected song cycle about how 9/11 affected the midwest.
She rose her hand, house left, front row. She said she didn’t have a question, but more of an observation. This woman said we may not have written the 9/11 musical, but we touched her with “Never Alone”. She talked about the feeling of helplessness, imminent end, the water rising, but the beautiful sense of being and euphoria that comes with acknowledging how amazing life itself is, in any capacity. I can’t remember how she put it, but I was enlightened. I had never ever considered the piece in that context.
After the talkback was finished, it was time to enjoy the announcement. People were excited, it was a little bit like going back to summer camp. Seeing old friends from last years Johnny Mercer Colony, as it was currently chugging along for its second cycle. Meeting new people, meeting people who would work on, and later attend Circus when its presented. We talked casting. It was all very freaky and awesome.
A cabaret at night closed radical day, featured the inspiring Benjamin Scheuer and Sam Willmott performing their own work. Then a party. And drankin’.
We visited Norma Terris the next morning (no headache) and the neighboring town of Chester. It was pretty magical, small town, big artistry all around. It’s Goodspeed’s 30th Anniversary season, and I can’t believe we’re apart of it. But in some ways, I can. It only gets better from here. I hope