Described by the New Yorker as “equal parts Bohemia and Broadway,” Max Vernon has emerged as a consistently strange and unique voice in the world of musical theatre. Featuring a cast of Broadway and Downtown divas, his concert will be a celebration of Korean popstars, the apocalypse, sentient robots, aging club kids, homicidal hipster cults, and…love?*
*Warning: costume changes may occur.
Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist, playwright, and performer. This past year he received the Jonathan Larson Grant, was a Dramatist Guild Theatre Fellow, an artist in residence at Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, a JFund award recipient, and also finished his first commission for Disney Creative Entertainment. He has performed over a hundred concerts in New York City, including sold out shows at Joe’s Pub (Frisk Me: The Songs of Max Vernon) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You). Currently a member of Ars Nova’s Uncharted. His musicals include The View UpStairs (NYU, Pride Films and Plays); WIRED (Ars Nova); Co-Op (Ars Nova, Naked Radio); KPOP! (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective); Show & Tell (Jerome Foundation, Civilians R&D Group); 30 Million Views (Keen Company) MFA: NYU-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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