2011

The new year is only hours away, and I always like to look back at the past year and see the adventures I've been on. JANUARY: We had our first workshop performance of "Something So Right" at UB's Center for the Arts. A music, theater, dance collaboration produced by the Center for the Arts, MusicalFare Theatre, and LehrerDance, we had been developing this show based on the music of Paul Simon (with the permission of Paul Simon Music) for over a year. As one of the three singers in the show, I sang many of Paul Simon's great songs. As music director, I also arranged the songs for the singers and the band, oftentimes changing the original arrangments pretty drastically, with some very cool results. As one of the co-creators of the story concept, I was part of shaping the story and the character journeys. Throughout the winter and spring, I once again put on my professor hat, teaching Voice in the Theatre Department at Niagara University. MARCH-APRIL: Music directed the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at MusicalFare Theatre. APRIL: Had the premiere of "Something So Right" at UB's Center for the Arts. A wonderfully fulfilling project where I enjoyed wearing many hats as singer, dancer, actor, music director/arranger, and co-creator. (Check out the LINKS page to see clips.) JUNE-JULY: Music directed the original musical "One More For My Baby," which included all Frank Sinatra songs, flexing my jazz muscles. Also, in June and July, I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio numerous times to once again play keyboards and sing backup vocals for the National Tour of "Jersey Boys" (as I had last spring in Buffalo). A great cast and a great experience. JULY-AUGUST: Music directed "Fame" at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER: Music directed "Damn Yankees" for the Niagara University Theatre Department. Professor Bravo in da house... NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Music directed the revival of last year's big hit at Irish Classical Theatre Company, "James Joyce's The Dead." DECEMBER: Began rehearsals as music director for "Avenue Q" at MuscialFare Theatre. Of course, the pop and theatre songwriting continued and I demoed a bunch of new stuff. It was a very full year and I look forward to doing bigger and better in 2012!

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