On Musicals

The Lobby Project investigating Songs for a New World

June 29, 2018 by New York City Center

This summer, The Civilians are teaming up with New York City Center as Artists in Residence to create and premiere investigative theater pieces focusing on each of the three Encores! Off-Center productions. With their characteristic journalistic curiosity and playful artistry, The Civilians will illuminate their creative process by exploring the impact the original productions of the Off-Center revivals have had on audiences and artists alike.

Listen to The Lobby Project investigating Songs for a New World

Based on interviews by The Civilians with the company of the original 1995 production of ‘Songs For A New World’

Lucky In That Way was created using The Civilians signature investigative approach. From transcripts of interviews The Civilians conducted with Jason Robert Brown, Daisy Prince, Brooks Ashmanskas, Andréa Burns, Jessica Molaskey, Billy Porter, Lori Sherman, Anne Kaufman, and Adam Gwon, five composers and our writing/directing team created this twenty-minute musical about the origin story of Songs for a New World. Every lyric you’ll hear sung and text you’ll hear spoken is drawn only and exclusively from these interviews.

Musical Numbers:
‘Piano Bars’ by Rona Siddiqui
‘Ten Years Younger’ by Zack Zadek
‘Delightmare’ by Grace McLean
‘Get Me Back Behind My Piano’ by Adam Gwon
‘The Next Revolution’ by EllaRose Chary and Brandon James Gwinn

Cast: Sam Bolen, Ronald Peet, Pearl Rhein, Christina Sajous & Joanna Schubert

Director: Jay Stull
Music Director: Matthew Dean Marsh
Producer: Amy C. Ashton