Song chosen by Ahrens & Flaherty, and other news!

The legendary, Tony-award-winning musical theatre writing team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, Anastasia) have chosen “Something Only You Can See” from Off The Wall (Music by Danny Abosch, Lyrics by Sarah Rebell) for their workshop at the 2018 Dramatists Guild National Conference in New York City. The song is one of three songs chosen by Ahrens and Flaherty out of more than 100 submissions. The song will be performed on July 28th by broadway favorites Samantha Massell (Fiddler On The Roof, Rags) and Ben Fankhauser (Newsies, Beautiful) for Ahrens and Flaherty and conference attendees.

 

A roundup of other recent news:

  • “(And I Will Say) I Told You So!” from Miles & Me (Music by Danny Abosch, Lyrics by Kendell Pinkney) was selected by a national committee of musical theatre artists and Michael Kerker, ASCAP’s Vice President of Musical Theatre and Cabaret, as one of 11 songs to be featured in the ASCAP Songwriters Showcase at the 2018 Dramatists Guild National Conference in New York City. The song will be performed by Colleen McHugh (MUSICAL! The Musical, The Colbert Report,  Late Night with Conan O’Brien) and Joe Kinosian (Murder For Two) on July 27, 2018.

 

  • The Way We Dance, by Kathleen Clark (Southern Comforts, Secrets of a Soccer Mom) with original songs by Danny Abosch, was presented in readings at the NJ Repertory Theatre and in NYC, directed by Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl, four-time Academy Award nominee), produced by six-time Tony-winning theatrical producer Richard Frankel, and starring Erin Dilly (Tony nominee for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Jennifer Cody (Shrek, The Pajama Game, Urinetown), Jarrod Spector (The Cher Show, Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Stephen Schnetzer (Another World, Homeland, Guiding Light), Stephen DeRosa (Boardwalk Empire, Into The Woods, Hairspray), Robert Creighton (Cagney), Zachary Prince (Honeymoon In Vegas, The Last Five Years), and Heather Dilly (The Look Away Life, Law & Order).

 

  • Goosebumps The Musical (Book and Lyrics by John Maclay, Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch) has enjoyed a handful of productions across the country in the past year, including productions in Roanoke, VA, Dallas TX, Larenceville, GA, St. Paul, MN, Boston, MA, Nantucket, MA, and Little Rock, AR. BroadwayWorld.com had this to say about the production currently running at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO, through August 5th: “Don’t be fooled into thinking that a show derived from a children’s book/television show doesn’t pack the punch of a large production Broadway musical, because this one does. This show is entertaining from start to finish and brings an element of joyful fun to the stage…Everyone from age 4 to 104 will find this a tantalizing treat.” This fall it will be making its international debut in Calgary, AB, Canada, and will also be performed in Houston, TX, Omaha, NE, and at America’s oldest theater, the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Other productions will be announced soon. For a complete list, visit https://dannyabosch.com/events/.

 

 

  • Placebo (Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch, Book by Joshua Borths and Danny Abosch) made its UK debut in a production at The Soundhouse Theater in Plymouth, England.

 

  • Danny was selected as a finalist for both the Jonathan Larson Award and the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre.

 

  • A stage production of Waiting In The Wings: The Musical is in the works with three songs by Danny, based on the cult favorite 2014 film, also featuring songs by Danny. A film sequel, “Still Waiting In The Wings”, with an additional song by Danny and starring Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Struthers, Ed Asner, Bruce Vilanch, Lee Meriwether, Carole Cook, Patricia Richardson, and Cindy Williams, is currently on the Film Festival circuit and recently won the “Best Soundtrack” award at FilmOut San Diego. Check out the trailer here.

 

  • “Trevor, My Turtle”, with music by Danny Abosch and lyrics by Benjamin Halstead (Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat) was performed in Cape Town, South Africa at “Sing Fur Your Supper”, a benefit concert for Meg’s Mutts Animal Rescue Society.

 

  • Danny wrote a song for the pilot of an upcoming musical television series.

 

  • Music by Danny was featured in films, tv shows, and documentaries including: Adam Ruins Everything, Almost Genius, Another Period, Corazon Valiente, Failosophy, Haunted Case Files, Hot 20 Countdown, Married To Medicine, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, The Taste, and Tickle. You can also look for a Danny Abosch tune underscoring Chita Rivera and the late Elaine Stritch in  Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky.

 

  • Danny is digging away at two groundbreaking new musicals that he’s dying to tell you about–hopefully soon!

 

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