Friday, July 15, 2011

Spotlight: Brendan Milburn & Valerie Vigoda

Brendan and Val were known for the first part of their career as 2/3 of the indie rock/folk band Groovelily. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing them before they’d even chosen their band name. And I can’t count the number of times I’ve enjoyed Val’s electric violin and Brendan’s keys. In the last 10 years though, they’ve been re-inventing themselves as some of the hottest writers of new music theatre in the country – determined to make songs from musicals irresistibly singable once again. They won the 2008 L.A. Ovation Award for Best Musical. And half the cast was deaf. For a musical. Seriously. It was a co-production with Deaf West Theatre. That was an amazing production and if you missed it, you’re one lucky kid, because it’s being revived in a completely transformed/re-written production for an all hearing/singing cast. They just finished a run at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre and it opens on July 21 at La Jolla, just 2 hours from lovely LA. The book writer on this show is Rachel Sheinkin who won a Tony for Best Book of a Musical for …Spelling Bee. So get your tickets now before it sells out its short 4-week run.

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