Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rhode Island Stories: Musicals in the Making

Rising-star composers and professional performers from Boston and New York City present innovative collaborations, and unveil selections from new musical theatre works across the country in Musicals in the Making.

Originally presented as part of the Rhode Island College (RIC) "Wednesday Chamber Music Series," live concert was performed and taped in December 2011. The show airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS as part of the ongoing series Rhode Island Stories on Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. with rebroadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m. 

Judith Lynn Stillman – world-renowned pianist, professor of music and the artist-in-residence at RIC – serves as the musical director. Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company, moderates commentary and discussion with composers and lyricists. 

The production represents a climax of several aspects of the creative process, and the audience at the live performances decided which of these musicals may be on their way to Broadway, Stillman said. 

This unique performance event was funded by RIC’s Performing and Fine Arts Commission.