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SCL in NY Seminar: Perfect Rhyme, Perfect Harmony

The SCL & Dramatists Guild Present:
PERFECT RHYME, PERFECT HARMONY?
THE CHALLENGES AND REWARDS OF COLLABORATION

 

LYNN AHRENS AND STEPHEN FLAHERTY • CHRIS MILLER AND NATHAN TYSEN

 

MODERATED BY GREG PLISKA (SCL Board Member)

 

Join us for an evening with two of the musical theater's most exciting collaborative teams: Tony winners and multiple Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe and Oscar nominees Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and Rodgers, Roth, Larson, Kleban and Ebb award-winners Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Their collaborative successes are evident, so this evening we'll try to get under the hood and see what makes them run so smoothly, as well as how they have overcome challenges when things get rough. We'll look not only at the dynamic relationships between words and music and composers and lyricists, but also the rewards and pitfalls of collaboration with directors, conductors, designers, actors and the rest of the creative team. If collaboration is like marriage, then what's the dating scene for writers and composers? A lively and creative discussion is expected. Moderated by SCL Board Member Greg Pliska.

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: PERFECT RHYME, PERFECT HARMONY?
- Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty  won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Ragtime. In the same year, they garnered two Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film, Anastasia.

Other Broadway and world premieres include: Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations; one of the most frequently performed show in America); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Broadway revival of Ragtime; Rocky (Hamburg and Broadway, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Musical), and the 2014 Kennedy Center premiere of Little Dancer. Upcoming: Anastasia.

Lincoln Center Theater and Off-Broadway: A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Dessa Rose (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations); The Glorious Ones (five Drama Desk nominations); Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical).

Individually, Ms. Ahrens’ credits include A Christmas Carol (ten years at Madison Square Garden); A Christmas Carol (adapted teleplay, NBC/Hallmark Entertainment); Camp (IFC Films); Lucky Stiff (screenplay). She is a mainstay songwriter/singer for Schoolhouse Rock. Her published works have been nominated for the Pushcart Anthology and Best American Essays. Emmy Award winner and four-time Emmy nominee.

Mr. Flaherty’s credits include: concert premieres at the Hollywood Bowl and Boston's Symphony Hall; commissions from the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space; incidental music for Neil Simon's Proposals on Broadway; musical score for Loving Repeating: A Musical Of Gertrude Stein (Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical.) Upcoming: In Your Arms, Old Globe Theater, 2015.

Ahrens and Flaherty are Council members of the Dramatists Guild of America, ASCAP, NARAS, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for Emerging Writers, and in 2014, they received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement.
 
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: PERFECT RHYME, PERFECT HARMONY?
- Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen  Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) are the 2014 recipients of the Fred Ebb award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting. They have written The Burnt Part Boys (2010 Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Musical) and Fugitive Songs (2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Revue), both of which are available for licensing, and have cast albums on Yellow Sound Label available at iTunes and Amazon. Current projects include an adaptation of the popular novel Tuck Everlasting (Direction by Casey Nicholaw, Book by Claudia Shear), and commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons/Theatreworks Silicon Valley. They have also written two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, contributed to the revue Stars of David, and penned an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008). Television work includes songs for Sesame Street (2012 Daytime Emmy Award) and The Electric Company. Chris and Nathan are proud recipients of awards and grants from Edward Kleban, Jonathan Larson, Richard Rodgers, Daryl Roth, Kitty Carlisle Hart, ASCAP, and the NEA. They began their collaboration at NYU where they received their MFA's in musical theatre writing. www.MILLERandTYSEN.com
 

Moderator

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: PERFECT RHYME, PERFECT HARMONY?
- Greg Pliska Greg Pliska   is a composer, orchestrator and conductor whose work spans Broadway, film, TV, commercials and pop recordings. He was musical director for the Tony-winning play War Horse, and has contributed score and arrangements to three Shakespeare in the Park productions: Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (with Steve Martin, Drama Desk nomination), and Twelfth Night (with Hem, Drama Desk nomination). His TV and film work includes score and orchestration for the Emmy-winning Life (Discovery), and orchestrations for BAFTA-winner Flying Monsters 3D, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. He has orchestrated for and performed on albums by Carly Simon, James Iha, Hem, Karen Elson and Cat Power, Michael Stipe, and many others. His regional theater scores include Moss Hart-award winner In a Lake of Fire, and the opera The Secret Garden. He was a 2010 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow.
 

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