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    Thursday, May 30, 2024

    Musicals return for O'Neill summer conference

    "Siluetas" cast members, from left, KO, Garrick Vaughan and Daníel Colón rehearse on Tuesday. (Contributed)

    Is that music you hear?

    Yes, musicals are back at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, with staged readings of three works in development being offered over the next few weeks.

    Since 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has helped develop more than 130 new musicals, which is an amazing total.

    See details below of this year’s offerings.


    Book and lyrics by Erlina Ortiz

    Music and lyrics by Robi Hager

    7 p.m. Sat., July 16; 8 p.m. July 20; and 7 p.m. July 22

    Conservative ex-house wife Dinora and activist-artist Khalilah move in together amidst the charged 2016 presidential campaign, the loosening of the Cuban embargo, and the escalation of the Syrian Civil War. Through their growing friendship — and a little guidance from the Ancestors — they learn about the importance of community, friendship, and forgiveness.

    “The Jordan & Avery Show”

    Book, lyrics, and music by Jay Adana

    7 p.m. July 23; 8 p.m. July 27 and July 29

    Jordan and Avery post comedy songs on YouTube. When they find out they’re getting evicted, they naturally post a song about it … and it goes viral.

    “Walk on Through: Confessions of a Museum Novice”

    Book, lyrics, and music by Gavin Creel

    7 p.m. July 30; 8 p.m. Aug. 3; 7 p.m. Aug. 5

    “Walk on Through: Confessions of a Museum Novice” is a new theatrical concert written by Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor and songwriter Gavin Creel. Inspired by the hours he spent wandering through the world-renowned collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creel has created a piece filled with songs and stories that explore his journey through art, love, and life.

    National Music Theater Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford; tickets $30; theoneill.org, (860) 443-5378.


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