Join Sam Salmond (2016 Jonathan Larson Grant winner) and a gang of Broadway’s best for an afternoon of pop rock, laughter and catharsis. Enjoy these one-of-a-kind songs about outcasts, LGBT heroes, teenage romance, rock ’n roll housewives, mad scientists and transformation. With a style the Boston Globe calls “Preciously talented”, “rudely funny”, but with “raw anguish at its heart,” and musical influences from Bowie to Ben Folds to Sondheim, Sam Salmond and friends promise an afternoon of theater you’ll never forget!
The all-star cast for this performance includes:
Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers, Found)
Taylor Trensch (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Bare)
AJ Shively (Bright Star, La Cage Aux Folles)
Ato Blankson-Wood (Hair, The Total Bent)
Jon Rua (Hamilton)
Shakina Nayfack (Hulu’s Difficult People)
Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal)
Michael Linden (Spring Awakening tour)
Bonnie Milligan (God Bless You, Mr Rosewater)
Larry Owens (Fat Camp)
Noah Zachary (Poster Boy)
Sam Salmond is currently writing music and lyrics multiple new musicals including an adaptation of Eighty-Sixed, being developed with Second Stage Theatre. He’s the creator of Uncool: the Party, an immersive night of rock ‘n roll, games, stories, and dancing, which was workshopped at CAP21 and the Musical Theatre Factory. His musical Mother, Me and the Monsters (Boston Globe critic’s pick) was produced at Barrington Stage. He wrote book and lyrics for Cage Match, produced at Prospect Theater, and contributed songs to Shakina Nayfack’s One Woman Show and Post-Op, produced at Palo Alto Theatreworks Sam’s work has been featured at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Two Rivers Theater and all around the country. He’s an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at AUPAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Beginning with this concert, select recipients of these grants will be showcased at AUPAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, A Christmas Story and many more.
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