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4th Wall Theatre, Inc.
Theatre on the Edge
Bloomfield, New Jersey
NJ Musical Theatre Composers Showcase

4th Wall presents NEW WORKS!

On Saturday, April 1st, we are excited and proud to bring you some of New Jersey's best and brightest new Musical Theatre composers.

This concert will feature the new works of Gonzalo Valencia and Michael Campbell, Lawrence Dandridge, David Maglione and Tom Dziuba, Kevin Lynch, Wendy Feaver, Max Silverman and Ellington Berg, Clint Edwards, and Jon Provan.

Their songs, both stand-alone pieces and songs from their complete musicals, will be performed by instrumentalists and singers from all over New Jersey and from the 4th Wall family. 

Best of all, you will get to hear a couple of new musical "pitches," in which composing teams will present a segment of one of their latest new works-in-progress, and you will get to be among the first audiences to respond with your feedback!

DATE: Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, NJ
TICKET PRICES: Adults $22, Seniors $18, Students (under age 25 with ID) $15


PLEASE NOTE: The showcase may include some adult language.

About the Composers

DAVE MAGLIONE (Composer) grew up singing, playing the piano and writing short songs and stories. Now, he is a musical theater composer (Wendy's Shadow, numerous cabaret songs) and music director (Centenary Stage, Ozark Actors Theatre, 4th Wall Theatre). He resides in Bloomfield, NJ, and loves coffee from State Street Diner. Selections from his newest work, Fitted Up, a collaboration with lyricist Tom Dziuba and orchestrator Jeff Little, are based on a very personal story: George Thatcher is David's grandfather.

TOM DZIUBA (Lyricist) is a recent graduate of New York University's Dramatic Writing Program. He now works full time as a Narrative Designer at Gameloft, a mobile video game company. He writes comics about atomic tarantulas, and radio plays about amusement parks in the future.
GONZALO VALENCIA (Composer): As a composer/arranger, Gonzalo's work has been performed by groups and schools all throughout the NJ/NY area. Most recently, he has had readings/showcases with various theater organizations such as the Bergen Performing Arts Center (NJ), the Irvington Town Hall Theater (NY), and Don't Tell Mama (NYC). The Rutgers/NJIT Theater Program has commissioned and produced some of his original works as part of its mainstage seasons, including an original score for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and additional songs for the original musical, Hell Hath No Fury: A Rap and Roll Story of Medea. Gonzalo is a regular arranger/orchestrator for the Encore Orchestra of New Jersey. Currently, Gonzalo's "Bruce Wayne gig" is being a full time physics teacher at Union City High School. When not physics-ing, music-ing, or writing wacky things with Michael Campbell, he enjoys hiking, playing video games, and hanging with loved ones (especially his wife Danielle).

MICHAEL CAMPBELL (Lyricist, Book Writer) got his love for storytelling from writing stories for roleplaying games for his friends to play. He must have been good at it, because his friends kept coming back, year after year, whether the villain was standing over them laughing or on his knees at their feet. Michael got his love of theater in college, where he and Gonzalo Valencia were both working for Tony-nominated director Bill Gile. Bill gave Michael and Gonzalo some advice, which was, “If one of you is ever does anything anywhere, the other should just show up and make themselves useful.” So when Gonzalo was writing The Great American Whoopee, Michael showed up as the book writer. He followed that with book and lyrics for Goblins and Gates, and continues with the many other projects he and Gonzalo are working on all at once and usually late at night. During the daytime, he’s an exhausted mathematics teacher, where he works on his love of striking fear into the hearts of young people. 
CLINT EDWARDS (Composer, Lyricist, Book Writer) ​began studying the accordion and music theory at age 6 with master accordionist Edward Gurzynski before taking up piano, harmony, and composition training and attending The Boston Conservatory, majoring in composition. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as pianist and composer performing the premiere of his original composition, “Requiem Prayers for soprano, piano, and cello.” Clint’s pieces have been premiered in Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, SubCulture, Merkin Hall, Joe’s Pub, CAMI Hall, and at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference in Connecticut. Clint is currently writing the book and music to Whitman’s War a musical about Walt Whitman during the Civil War. In addition, he has composed the full score for the musicals Rancho Cucamonga and Becoming Tennessee, which received workshops at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Emelin Theater, and Baruch College. Also at the Emelin Theater, Clint arranged/re-created Kay Thompson’s classic Hollywood and night club arrangements for the musical Pure Heaven. As a pianist, Clint performs frequently throughout the New York City area, giving over 300 performances a year, appearing in locations such as The Waldorf Astoria, The Pierre Hotel, The Essex House, The Union League Club, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, and Chez Josephine. Clint is both the composer-in-residence and the pianist for the Highline Chamber Ensemble. For more information, recordings, and videos, please visit www.ClintEdwardsMusic.com
JON PROVAN (Composer, Lyricist, Playwright), from Caldwell, NJ, is the Senior Musical Director at Porch Light Productions in Glen Rock. His song cycle Coming Of Age (book/music/lyrics) enjoyed a sold-out, extended run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He received the 2013 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Music Direction (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), the 2014 Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Musical (Stage Fright, music/lyrics), and a 2016 Perry Award nomination for Outstanding Production of an Original Musical (Cracked!, book/music/lyrics). Jon has written hundreds of songs for theatre, rock bands, and film scores, including the full soundtrack for "New Comic Day," an upcoming feature-length motion picture (Saturday Pictures, Jupiter, FL).
​KEVIN LYNCH (Composer, Lyricist) is a graduate of William Paterson University where he studied music education with a concentration in classical piano and voice. While at William Paterson, he was presented with the Outstanding Musician Award, Legacy Scholar Award, and cum laude Latin honors for his academic and musical achievements. He is also a 2014 NJACT Perry Award Winner for Outstanding Music Direction for New Vision Players’ production of “Les Misérables”. Currently, Kevin is a freelance musician, YouTuber, NYC piano bar entertainer, weight loss blogger, and a composer/lyricist. He was formerly a staff accompanist at The Juilliard School in New York, NY, where he voice coached and prepared dance students for professional auditions. In addition, he was music director at Centenary Stage Company, conducting the musicals for both the Equity shows and Young Performers Workshop; he has taught and developed music courses in voice, choral singing, music theory, audition preparation, and history of musical theatre. Kevin has worked at many venues in NJ, including Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey Playwrights Contest in Wayne, Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake, Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, New Vision Players in Paramus, Plays In The Park in Edison, and William Paterson University of New Jersey in Wayne. He is a member of the American Federations of Musicians and the Dramatists Guild of America. He has released an original EP album and several singles available online. His wish is to help and inspire others in their lives through the work he is continually doing.
​LAWRENCE DANDRIDGE (Writer/Composer/Director) is a former musical theater major at New Jersey City University. Most recently, he has concluded the 2nd National US tour of Sister Act The Musical (TJ) as well as the Japanese extension. Previous performance credits: The Producers (Ensemble), The Dreaming (David), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Adrien), Cabaret (Emcee), West Side Story (Bernardo), Hairspray (Seaweed, Gilbert), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), Once on This Island (Storyteller), Into The Woods (Wolf/Steward), and Carrie (Freddie). Original workshop productions include Imagine (Chauncey/Terrance), Wishlist (Jeremy), Southern Boys (Johnny),  and The Movement (Freeman Bentley Jr./James Bevel), which was featured in the 2015 National Black Theater Festival. In 2012, he was cast in the world premiere production of A Night in New Orleans (Happy) based on the popular children's book series, The Magic Treehouse. Lawrence also teaches private voice and musical theater workshops. As a songwriter and playwright, Lawrence has a growing list of works including a new musical called RED which launches into its first workshop in Los Angeles in April. 
MAX SILVERMAN (Composer) is currently finishing his BFA Musical Theatre degree at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University. As a composer he has written Potterotica, which was featured at Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s short play festival last summer. Other works include Musical Chairs: An Evening of Four Short Musicals,  produced at Rider University. He also wrote and performed music for In A Moment, an  immersive theatre piece at Williamstown Theatre Festival. His work was selected to be workshopped with Off-Broadway composer Benjamin Scheuer. Max spent last summer as an intern at New York City Center: Encores! Off-Center under Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori.

ELLINGTON BERG (Lyricist) Previous works as a writer include Potterotica, which was featured at Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s short play festival this past summer and Musical Chairs: An Evening of Four Short Musicals, which was produced at Rider University, and Forbidden Rider. As a director, he has developed many shows including La Vie BM,  Never Have I Ever: A Miscast Cabaret, Blankity Blankity Blank: A Mad Libs Cabaret, Swinging The Seasons, Ca*BRA*et: An Uplifting Evening of Song, and More to the Story: A Cut Songs Cabaret
​WENDY FEAVER (Composer/Lyricist) Music directing experience: New York: The Vicky Boofont Show! (New World Stages); The King's Legacy (Industry Reading); multiple cabarets (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room, The Duplex). Regional: Cole (St. Vincent Summer Theatre); American Pop: A Songbook (Workshop w/ composer Michael Friedman). Wendy has a BM in musical theatre piano from Rider University, where she has also served on the staff as a vocal coach, accompanist, and music director (Spring Awakening, Lucky Stiff, Cole). AMDA alumni.

The Evening's Singers

Rusty Reynolds*
Izzy Figueroa*, Spencer Kiely*, Blane Pressler*, Erin Long, Alex Carr, Christopher Dylan Herbert, Chris Traina,
Chris Frazier, Trey McCoy, Ellie Kallay, Brynn Owe, Madeline Fansler, Jeff Sundheim, Julie Galorenzo, Todd Shumpert, Greta Kleckner, Alexa Canelos,
Madeline Chandler, Jessica Phipps, Fia Fusco, Luke Surretsky, Jeanel Leblanc, Alneesha Harris, Kayla Stewart, Seychelle Folson, Ashley Leone*, Melvin Coxx*, Mimi B. Francis, Mariah Ralph, Erica Philpot, Marcel Ringold, Martin Carpenter,
George Johnson, Jacquis Smith, Robert Marrero, Kirk Jasen Lambert, Roy Graquitena, Christian Stewart, Sharmelle Hunte, Travis Prol, and more!

*Member, Actors Equity Association

Staff

​Sound Designer: Nicholas Von Hagel
Lighting Designer: Nik Marmo
Stage Manager: Martha Thalheimer
Music Coordinator: Mark A. Saylor
Videographer:
         Ryan Malyar, Orpheum Video
Production Managers:
       Gwen Ricks-Spencer and Kate Swan
Director: Kate Swan
Dave Maglione & Tom Dziuba
Gonzalo Valencia
Michael Campbell
Clint Edwards
Jon Provan
Kevin Lynch
Lawrence Dandridge
Max Silverman
Ellington Berg
Wendy Feaver