I'm thrilled to have the song "Love Will Find Me" from my show CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL performed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival's concert

of women composers! The concert, called The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers, will take place in New York on July 21 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm.

From the NYMF website:

In 1920, they got to vote. In 2013, they got to write musicals. Come join us as we celebrate lady composers from all career stages in a one-night-only concert event. With contributions from Masi Asare, Lydia Benecke, Suzy Conn, Julianne Wick Davis, Carmel Dean, Amy Engelhardt, Amanda Green, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, Anna K. Jacobs, Stephanie Johnstone, Kailey Marshall, Madeline Martin, Julia Meinwald, Juliana Nash, Susannah Pearce, Kamala Sankaram, and Zoe Sarnak.

Tickets are $25.

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CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL Reading 2.0 -- it's an exciting week for me as we head into reading #3 for CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL, which will be on Monday, June 3rd in Seattle.

After a successful December reading, CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL has been re-written with new songs, new scenes and modified character arcs based on the feedback we received. This reading is directed by Kathryn Van Meter and music directed by Seth Weinstein.

Seth has flown in from NYC to do the musical direction. Seth has been a collaborator of mine since PLANE CRAZY in NYMF 2005, and he is also the musical arranger for CHICK FLICK. It's great to have Seth in Seattle!

This reading will feature the talented actresses Christine Marie Brown, Beth DeVries, Ashley FitzSimmons, and Leslie Law.

Admission is free, but restricted -- i.e. invite only. Please RSVP Suzy Conn at suzyconn@mac.com. We have a *very limited* number of seats, so please let me know in advance if you are planning to attend.

Remember: Friendship is the best medicine!

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Admittedly, I am a huge Betty Buckley fan from way back so I was very excited to hear about her new CD entitled "Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway".

Naturally I wanted to share with my Blogway Baby readers a radio interview that Betty Buckley did on The Candi & Randy Show, where she spoke about her new CD and her upcoming starring role in the UK premiere of Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD.

Here is the promotional information from The Candi & Randy Show page:


The Candi & Randy Show welcomes the amazing and brilliant Tony Award winner Betty Buckley to talk about her new CD "Ah Men - The Boys of Broadway."
Through her dazzling work in such musicals as Cats, 1776, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sunset Boulevard, Gypsy and Pippin, Tony Award winner Betty Buckley is one of a small handful of performers synonymous with Broadway.

A 2-time Emmy nominee, Betty's work on screen is as impressive as her onstage performances.

Currently appearing around the country with her show of the same name, Betty sings some of the greatest songs of the Broadway catalog written for male roles.

Songs from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls and many more are featured on the new CD released on August 28. Click here for more information on the CD.

You can find more on Betty at her website.

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Cabaret, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, is currently playing at Second Story Repertory in Redmond Town Center from August 17 to September 2, 2012. This production is directed and choreographed by Troy Wageman with musical direction by Josh Anderson.

I've seen Cabaret many times and this is unlike any production I've seen. Troy has done a brilliant job of taking us to a different world, and at the same time showing us the world we live in right now. I loved his use of the ensemble being on stage all the time, and what it made me think about was the apathy of the German people, and the rest of the world, who sat back and watched the Nazi rise to power, one incremental step at a time. Cliff's line (and I'm paraphrasing) to Sally "If you're not fighting against all this, then you're for it" really resonated for me.

Also, The cast, costumes, lighting and set are super fierce so you shouldn't miss this show. Buy tickets now!

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Have you heard? The Inverse Opera is presenting a local composers concert Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12 at 9:00pm at the Second Story Repertory Theatre in Redmond.

The Inverse Opera is a Seattle based group that creates and presents musical performances exploring the unique storytelling aspects of the classically trained voice.

From the website:

Without writers, singers would have nothing to sing. Thus, The Inverse Opera celebrates the diverse and spectacular composers in our region! Our composers' music has been featured up and down this country, from Seattle to New York City, and many markets in between. Though they may be making a splash nationally, they all make their home right here in the Pacific Northwest -- how lucky are we? Featuring original compositions by Suzy Conn,  Christian Duhamel, Rich Gray, Garrett Fisher, Sarah Mattox, John Muehleisen, AC Peterson and Erica Row.

Featuring: Myrna Conn, Jadd Davis, Megan Chenovick, Randy Scholz, Kim Maguire and Jenny Shotwell. With Josh Brown on the ivories.

Come be a part of history and hear some world-premier performances!

Also, if you feel like singing, don't forget to bring your music and stick around afterwards for piano-roke!

Get your tickets now!

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This clip from the dress rehearsal is just one example of the amazing work Myrna Conn does in THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery in West Seattle, now until March 31. In fact, during the course of the show Myrna, as Little Voice, does ten diva impersonations - Dusty Springfield, Marilyn Monroe, Petula Clark, Marianne Faithful, Julie Andrews, Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf, Nancy Sinatra, Lulu and Judy Garland. Get your tickets now to see this fantastic show!

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Here is more about THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery in Seattle.

These are interviews with director Christopher ZInovitch, Peggy Gannon, who plays Mari Hoff, and Myrna Conn, who plays Little Voice.

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE opens next Wednesday March 7 and runs until March 31. Get your tickets now!
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Despite the Super Bowl and beautiful sunny weather yesterday afternoon, the Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre was packed. Not surprising, because the closing performance of Bill Cain's HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE was playing. I was excited to get a rush seat, since the last Bill Cain play I saw at the Seattle Rep was EQUIVOCATION, which is one of my favorite plays of all time.

This production HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE, beautifully directed by Kent Nicholson, was a world premiere co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Everything about this production was amazing -- I laughed, I cried -- no really, I did! The play featured an awesome cast -- Linda Gehringer, Tyler Pierce, Aaron Blakely and Leo Marks (who deftly played a number of roles). Also fabulous scenic design by Scott Bradley and lighting design by Alexander V. Nichols.

From the website:

Writers are told to write what they know. But as Bill Cain discovers in writing about his own family, sometimes those we are closest to are the biggest mysteries of all. From the writer of Equivocation comes a beautiful new play taken from Cain’s own experiences caring for his dying mother. He asks the questions that speak to the heart of every family: What will never change…and what has to? A Jesuit priest as well as a playwright, Cain brings a fascinating view to this simple, powerful illustration of why the details of our lives and loves matter.

Hopefully it will be headed to Broadway in the future. If you get a chance to see this beautiful, touching, funny, true play, then run, don't walk to get tickets!

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I am thrilled to announce that Myrna Conn will be starring as Little Voice ("L.V.") in Artswest's Seattle premier of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE by Jim Cartwright, running March 7 to March 31, 2012.

Rehearsals have finally started and ArtsWest has put together a stellar cast: Myrna Conn, Peggy Gannon, Pat Haines-Ainsworth, Daniel Reaume, Jesse Smith, and Travis Tingvall.

Christopher Zinovitch is directing, and Kim Dare is Music Directing.

From the Season Brochure:

Little Voice is a young woman with a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother, Mari, mistakes a seedy talent agent's interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter's throat. An engaging fairy tale of despair, love, and hope as "L.V." finds a voice of her own.

I first fell in love with this story when I saw the 1998 movie starring Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.

I'm also excited for this production because I wrote the song that LV sings at the end of the show!

Stay tuned for more info, and get your tickets  now before they sell out!

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