Thursday, August 17, 2006

i'm going to write a musical?!

it looks like i might have a chance to co-write a musical with other like-minded musicians and wordsmiths, thanks to the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. this is the workshop that gave birth to Avenue Q. And the legendary A Chorus Line. unbelievable, that they like my songs and lyrics enough to see me. i know it's just an audition but they had to sift through a jillion applicants to find the ones they wanted, so i feel great to have made it this far.

don't get me wrong. it's not my life's goal to write a broadway musical -- or be in one. but i figured the experience of developing an idea in utereo would be good for me and i wanted to see what i could come up with, given the right opportunity and circumstances. what's ironic is that jc hopkins was always on me about helping him turn his songs about brooklyn into a jazz musical and now i'm the one that might get the chance to write one.

if i'm accepted, it's a two year program. you have to be invited back each season. wish me luck.


Dear Queen,

I've scheduled an audition for you for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop on Wednesday, September 6th, at 2:10 PM.

The audition will be at:
320 West 57th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
New York, NY

Go to the third floor.

Please bring a comedy song, an up-tempo song, and a ballad (not necessarily the ones you submitted). We'll probably ask to hear only two, so lead off with your best song.

Bring 8 copies of the lyrics for the panel. All materials (including your original submission) will be returned to you at the end of the audition.

A piano will be provided, although simply reading your lyrics aloud is perfectly acceptable. If you do perform your songs with music, we strongly encourage you to perform them live. An accompanist is not provided, but you are welcome to bring an accompanist. You may also bring singers if you wish. If absolutely necessary, you may bring a tape or CD instead of performing live (there will be a CD player and a tape machine there).

If you bring singers or an accompanist, please email their names to Sylvia Santana at BMI so she can give them to security at the front desk. Sylvia's email is

The classes will be on Mondays from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM at BMI, starting on September 19th.

Please confirm this audition by email.

I look forward to seeing you.


Patrick Cook
Artistic Coordinator
BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

1 comment:

blahblahblahblahblah said...

Good luck. You have a lot of energy and creativity. I'm looking forward to seeing a musical written by you.