Amas Musical Theater Lab will feature industry readings from SETTLE DOWN

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Amas Musical Theater and The Amas Lab will present private readings of “Settle Down,” a new musical with book and lyrics by Gabe Caruso and music by Sangwoo ‘Simon’ Lee. Conducted by Christopher Scott, with musical direction by Andrew Shield, the readings will take place on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 2 and 6 p.m. at Ripley-Grier Studios (520 Eighth Avenue). For reservations, visit www.amasmusical.org.

Mark, 17 and a product of the dark side of the US foster care system. As he ages out of the system, he moves in with his best friend Lily and her father, John. As Mark adjusts to real family life, Settle Down is a hip hop musical that explores the concept of family and comes to terms with the hidden secrets that separate and bind them.

Settle Down was the 2021 recipient of the Eric H. Weinberger Librettist Prize. Sponsored by Ben Gadon, Marvin Kahan and Steve Sagman.

The cast will include Alyssa Gomez (Motown The Musical, In the Heights), Lauren Hooper (Steeling Freedom, Intimate Apparel), Danish Farooqui (Treasure Island, Ghandi) and Curtis Wiley (Diner: The Musical, The Lion King, Jersey Boys) . The production manager is Benjamin Vigil.

“We are very pleased to present the show which won the Eric H. Weinberger Emerging Librettist Award,” said Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer of Amas. “It’s a very personal show with a wonderful hip-hop score by a new musical theater writing team.”

These presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Musical Theater Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to hold public readings of their new musicals. These presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Musical Theater Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to hold public readings of their new musicals. “Settle Down” was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the Legislature of New York State. , and by the Actor’s Equity Association Foundation, BMI Foundation, Butler Tibbets LLC, Nancy Friday Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lambs Foundation, Lenox Hill Hospital, Lucille Lortel Foundation, and with the support of many people.

Biographies

Gabe Caruso (Book & Lyrics) is an actor, playwright and rap battle champion from Dundee, Oregon. His play Dundee won “Best New Play” and he was awarded the Chicago Reader’s “Best Playwright” in 2017. He received an MA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU in 2020. He now resides in Harlem with his wife Colleen .

Sangwoo ‘Simon’ Woo (Music) is a New York-based singer-songwriter and music executive. He has written music for the musicals Settle Down, Anderson, Just Sex and Ugly Duckling. He has a BS in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and an MA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU Tisch School of Arts.

Christopher Scott (Director) Artistic Associate, Amas Musical Theatre. Artistic Director, Masterworks Theater Company. Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Nom.), EDWIN: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, GOLF: The Muscial (Drama Desk Nom.), For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang and GREED: a musical for our times. Baruch PAC/Great Works: Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. NYC: The Morons (Name of Best Director – First Irish Festival); Years of Sky (59e59); Best Night Ever (fringeNYC); I Am, I Want, I Do and Lorenzo (NYMF); Seeking Peace and Picked Up (BBTF). Member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop. Many shows for Theatreworks/USA. Faculty Baruch/CUNY, CAP21-NYU/Tisch. Graduated from the Boston Conservatory.

Andrew Shield (music director) is a musical director, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Virginia, he studied jazz guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys working in all musical disciplines, from big band swing to rock/pop, orchestral works and hip-hop.”

Amas Musical Theater (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Lab will present private readings of “Settle Down,” a new musical with book and lyrics by Gabe Caruso and music by Sangwoo ‘Simon’ Lee. Conducted by Christopher Scott, with musical direction by Andrew Shield, the readings will take place on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 2 and 6 p.m. at Ripley-Grier Studios (520 Eighth Avenue). For reservations, visit www.amasmusical.org.

Mark, 17 and a product of the dark side of the US foster care system. As he ages out of the system, he moves in with his best friend Lily and her father, John. As Mark adjusts to real family life, Settle Down is a hip hop musical that explores the concept of family and comes to terms with the hidden secrets that separate and bind them.

Settle Down was the 2021 recipient of the Eric H. Weinberger Librettist Prize. Sponsored by Ben Gadon, Marvin Kahan and Steve Sagman.

The cast will include Alyssa Gomez (Motown The Musical, In the Heights), Lauren Hooper (Steeling Freedom, Intimate Apparel), Danish Farooqui (Treasure Island, Ghandi) and Curtis Wiley (Diner: The Musical, The Lion King, Jersey Boys) . The production manager is Benjamin Vigil.

“We are very pleased to present the show which won the Eric H. Weinberger Emerging Librettist Award,” said Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer of Amas. “It’s a very personal show with a wonderful hip-hop score by a new musical theater writing team.”

These presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Musical Theater Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to hold public readings of their new musicals. These presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Musical Theater Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to hold public readings of their new musicals. “Settle Down” was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the Legislature of New York State. , and by the Actor’s Equity Association Foundation, BMI Foundation, Butler Tibbets LLC, Nancy Friday Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lambs Foundation, Lenox Hill Hospital, Lucille Lortel Foundation, and with the support of many people.

Biographies

Gabe Caruso (Book & Lyrics) is an actor, playwright and rap battle champion from Dundee, Oregon. His play Dundee won “Best New Play” and he was awarded the Chicago Reader’s “Best Playwright” in 2017. He received an MA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU in 2020. He now resides in Harlem with his wife Colleen .

Sangwoo ‘Simon’ Woo (Music) is a New York-based singer-songwriter and music executive. He has written music for the musicals Settle Down, Anderson, Just Sex and Ugly Duckling. He has a BS in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and an MA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU Tisch School of Arts.

Christopher Scott (Director) Artistic Associate, Amas Musical Theatre. Artistic Director, Masterworks Theater Company. Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Nom.), EDWIN: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, GOLF: The Muscial (Drama Desk Nom.), For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang and GREED: a musical for our times. Baruch PAC/Great Works: Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. NYC: The Morons (Name of Best Director – First Irish Festival); Years of Sky (59e59); Best Night Ever (fringeNYC); I Am, I Want, I Do and Lorenzo (NYMF); Seeking Peace and Picked Up (BBTF). Member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop. Many shows for Theatreworks/USA. Faculty Baruch/CUNY, CAP21-NYU/Tisch. Graduated from the Boston Conservatory.

Andrew Shield (music director) is a musical director, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Virginia, he studied jazz guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys working in all musical disciplines, from big band swing to rock/pop, orchestral works and hip-hop.”

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