"Song for song the evening had one of the strongest scores I’ve heard in years—in cabaret or theatre."
At our most recent Love Letters on February 7th we had such an exciting audience. We sold more tickets than ever before and this was the first Love Letters that consisted entirely of my original music. Gracie Lee Brown and Jory Murphy joined me once again for a third year in a row. We were even so lucky as to have a review who gave us an excellent review! His name is Gerry Geddes and you can find the full review below. But here is a snippet:
"Song for song the evening had one of the strongest scores I’ve heard in years—in cabaret or theatre."
It has been quite a year and I will have many more updates soon. The most immediate update I want to share is CSULB's production of Dear Harvey this October. I had the incredible opportunity of going back through this score the last two weeks making it cleaner, tweaking certain moments, and reliving this magical story. Dear Harvey changed my life forever. Harvey Milk's message is contagious and will open your heart to being your authentic self. There is more information here: http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/cota/theatre/on-stage-now/#harvey
Don't miss this exciting production!
We are so excited to announce that Sonata 1962 is going to be one of twelve shows produced this summer at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF). We couldn't be more excited to share this story with a larger audience and we hope to see you there. Check out this announcement on Playbill.com! http://www.playbill.com/article/nymf-reveals-2018-festival-lineup
Ever since I started writing musicals it has been a dream of mine to be a part of this festival! Many shows that have gone on from the NYMF to successful Broadway and Off Broadway performances such as Next to Normal, Title of Show, and In Transit.
To stay up to date on Sonata 1962 at the NYMF and to donate to our production follow this link:
We have an amazing team joining us!
Playwright Patricia Loughrey (http://patricialoughrey.com) and I are excited to invite you to a concert reading of our new musical: Sonata, 1962. The reading is presented by Celebration Theatre's "Celebrating New Works" program.
An earlier draft of the show was read before an invited audience last year at San Diego's Breakthrough Workshop Theatre. This upcoming reading will be our first public presentation of the show and we hope you can join us!
When her daughter receives a scholarship to the music department of a prestigious university, Margaret Evans rejoices that the world recognizes her amazing, talented daughter. But Laura Evans returns home with a diagnosed mental illness, and a criminal arrest record. Now Margaret must find the courage to commit her daughter for a treatment that might restore Laura’s health, but at a cost. Sonata, 1962 is inspired by history and dedicated to the parents of LGBT children who, through love and ignorance, destroyed the relationships – and sometimes the children – they were trying to save.
Who: Celebration Theatre. https://www.celebrationtheatre.com/
Where: 6760 Lexington Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90038 (In Hollywood)
When: Tuesday, August 15, 7:30PM (the show runs approx 90 minutes and will be followed by a discussion)
What: A concert reading with accompaniment by composer Thomas Hodges and Viola player Dalton Davis
Cost: FREE, but seating is limited. No RSVP necessary.
More info can also be found here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Celebration-Theatre-Announces-SONATA-1962-20170808
This is a piece that I have poured so much heart into the last two years. This is a show about understanding, forgiveness, trust, and the dangers we face when we place those things in the wrong hands. Patricia Loughrey has written a script that is brutal and honest and I could not be more honored to be a part of this project.
Special thanks to the actors and producers who helped us get here with earlier readings: Katie Caldwell, Cindy Alfonso, Danielle Gulihur, Meagan Pitcher, Casey Johnson, Kevin Pham, Priscilla Ju, Keely Stinner, Ira Bauer-Spector, Nathan Bauer-Spector, Breakthrough Workshop Theatre (http://www.breakthroughworkshop.org), Scripps Performing Arts Academy (http://scrippsperformingartsacademy.com).
I'm beyond excited to announce that my song cycle The Things We Never Say will be produced this summer at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Perry Mansfield has been educating and inspiring youth performers for over 100 years. The beautiful scenery and excellent faculty has provided me with so much support and inspiration the last four years I've spent my summers there.
It's February which means we are well into the new year and the shit show that is Donald Trump's term. The good news is art doesn't stop and as artists we will continue to tell the stories that fight the good fight.
January was a spectacular month filled with a lot of music and laughs. On New Year's Eve me and a good friend used our energy to protest the #notmypresident Trump. A few days later I flew down south to perform Eric Weinberger's autobiographical one man musical, with music by Dan Acquisto and lyrics by Sammy Buck, at The Red Barn Theatre in gorgeous Key West, FL. Nick Cearley reprised his role as Randall Klausner, the quadruple threat, and touched the hearts of many including Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, who surprised us by coming to one of the performances. Hal Howland crushed it on the drums! It was a wonderful start to 2017. Images from that are below.
Here's what's coming up!
Love Letters with Gracie and Jory - February 8th at The Duplex at 7pm. Gracie Lee Brown and Jory Murphy will be singing my original songs, as well as some covers, about love and loss. There aren't many letters in the show but as Krusty Karen says that is "neither here nor there". You can buy tickets here! www.purplepass.com/loveletters8th
Say Goodnight, Gracie: One Night Under the Sea - Gracie Lee Brown is back doing her hilariously popular show at The Duplex on March 7th at 8pm. Your side is sure to hurt from all the laughing. Excited to be back on the keys for this talented lady! You can buy tickets here: http://www.purplepass.com/gracie307
Thanks for listening!
I can't believe it's already October! This is my favorite month and not just because of Halloween or my birthday. It's fall which means hot cocoa and sweaters.
The last month or so has been a whirlwind. We had a successful performance of "The Things We Never Say" at the Duplex in New York City. A song from that very show was featured a couple weeks later at Martini's Above Fourth in San Diego during the Breakthrough Workshop Theatre 2016 Revue. BWT produced the world premiere and cast recording of "The Things We Never Say". They are a wonderful non-profit theatre company that does great work. Check them out! www.breakthroughworkshop.org
I was also lucky enough to travel a bit and see some friends, some weddings, and some nature. Here's a picture below just outside Portland, OR during a hike that just blew me away.
Some upcoming events!
October 9th SAN DIEGO - Searchin' for the Write (Free Preview) starring Yvonne Brown at Pacific Beach Methodist Church @ 2pm. Yvonne Brown is a truly gifted performer who is previewing her cabaret show that will be at Diversionary Theatre this November. I'm so excited to get to assist her on the keys during this FREE preview. Her songs and her performances of them are truly spectacular. You can download her original single "I Will" on iTunes here itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-will/id1149118827?i=1149119569
November 15th NEW YORK - Say Goodnight, Gracie @ The Duplex 9:30pm. My dearest friend Gracie Lee Brown is back with her one woman cabaret at the Duplex in New York City. Not only are her vocals top notch but she is an excellent story teller and is sure to make you laugh until your side hurts... or you pee yourself. I'll be music directing and accompanying her on the keys. There is a two drink minimum. Buy your tickets early before it sells out! Flyer is below.
November 20th SAN DIEGO - One more thing to add to this months lineup of great performances. My dear friend and amazing performer Wilfred Paloma is doing his one man cabaret "Never Say Never" at the Coronado Playhouse @7pm. He is sure to inspire you! Flyer is below.
November 22nd SAN DIEGO - Reading of "Sonata, 1962" by Patricia Loughrey and myself, produced by Breakthrough Workshop Theatre. Me and Patricia Loughrey are working together on a new musical! Spaces are extremely limited for this event so email me if you are interested in attending.
More to come for December! As always thank you for listening.
Hope you are having an amazing summer and getting some relief from the heat. I was lucky enough to spend the last two months at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO. That place has become a second home and I am missing my PM family like crazy.
I'm currently up in Los Angeles getting ready for a performance this Friday 9:30pm at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Cafe with Mark Sherman. We collaborated on our album "Small Little Victory" back in 2013 and this will be our first time performing those songs live. We are beyond excited and I would love to see you there! The evening will be intimate and powerful. You can buy tickets here:
After Los Angeles I'll be flying to Rochester to watch two of my dearest friends tie the knot. Congrats to Alyssa Block and Jason Silverman. Can't wait to celebrate your love!
From there I'll be heading to New York City in preparation for a performance at The Duplex on September 6 at 7pm. With an excellent cast of performers (Molly Model, Jory Murphy, Grace Stockale, Anthony Simone, Kellen Gaughan) we'll be doing the east coast premier of "The Things We Never Say" which previously won "Outstanding Score" at the San Diego Fringe. There is an original cast album available on iTunes and Spotify. Tickets for the Duplex performance can be found here: www.purplepass.com/hodges
As always thanks for listening!
It has been an exciting month. At the beginning of May I had the pleasure of Music Directing a concert of "And Then I Wrote A Song About It" at 54 Below here in NYC. With book by Eric Weinberger, music by Dan Acquisto and Lyrics by Sammy Buck, starring Nick Cearley (The Skivvies). The room was filled and Nick, as always, was captivating to watch. I also had the pleasure of playing the show with the composer himself, Dan Acquisto, on the drums. It has always been a dream of mine to perform in that space and I'm so happy it was with a show that means so much to me.
Broadwayworld.com was kind enough to post some highlights here:http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/STAGE-TUBE-Watch-Highlights-of-Nick-Cearley-in-AND-THEN-I-WROTE-at-Feinsteins54-Below-20160525
On June 1st I performed my songs at The Duplex. The crowd was so enthusiastic it was infectious. Probably the most fun I've had performing in years. The next night I assisted my best friend Gracie Lee Brown in her cabaret debut "Goodnight, Gracie". It was also a huge success
I will be spending my summer in the beautiful Steamboat Springs teaching at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Keep checking back for further updates.
Thanks for listening.