Monday, October 26, 2015

Friends in High and Historic Places


Thx to friends in high and historic places, we got the royal treatment at the world premiere concert of The Jerry Herman Songbook this weekend.  The Tulsa Signature Symphony musically backed 3 Broadway stars including Tulsa-born Jason Graae in a show built around the greatest hits of legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman. Its always dope to experience the strong roots of this art form we've become grafted into through "Roofless."  Our Hip-Hop based work often makes us feel like the strange fruit on the tree, but our Broadway mentors always make us feel like celebrated playwrights of Bway's next generation. All kinda love to the show's producer Michael Kerker & the incredible show-stopping talents of Jason, Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst and everyone involved!   (The concert tour also features masterclasses and workshops for local students so we got a chance to hear 4 of Tulsa's own Musical Theatre up-and-comers. Big Ups to them as well.)

Basking in the shine of these Broadway pros makes us even more anxious for our upcoming trip to LA to present the latest draft of "Roofless" to mentors Stephen Schwartz and Michael Kerker during the week of the 2016 ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Festival.  We're making plans to take a table-full of some of Tulsa's greatest talent for the table reading in mid Feb.  We'll be launching a Go Fund Me campaign to help cover expenses, with some dope new LoJoWerkz percs. More "Roofless" news coming soon. Stay tuned! 
- T&J