Performing the piece was a very talented cast, including Jennifer Blood, Chris Critelli, LaDonna Burns, and many others.
The piece is currently being developed into a full-length musical as part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
The tragedy in Haiti goes beyond words, and beyond our worst nightmares. There is no true consolation in these moments; there is only the strength to keep moving, which we mysteriously find in ourselves and others. We are all in this together. Always. My beautiful friend and colleague, Rodney Gardiner, wrote lyrics after his family on Turks and Caicos endured Hurricane Hanna and were unreachable for far too long. I was honored to put those lyrics to music and create BUSY. May his heartfelt words remind us that, though pain is universal, so too is love and healing. Donate to the American Red Cross.
Lauren’s composition, inspired by the recent work of incredibly talented artist Eric March, will continue to be played at the Park Slope Gallery in Brooklyn, NY for those who make an appointment. It will also soon be available on this site to accompany a slideshow of his gorgeous paintings.
Nominated for multiple Drama Desk and IT Awards, Waterwell has produced nine original pieces in New York and has been dubbed “Brilliant, original and inspired” by the New York Times. Their current project will be devised and performed at Indiana University in August 2010 as part of Premiere Musicals, thanks to a generous grant from Eli Lilly.
Lauren was recently selected to participate in BMI’s esteemed Musical Theater Workshop, which has produced such hits as “Avenue Q,” “Chorus Line” and “Next to Normal.”
Lauren’s film music has been screened across the globe, including the BFM International Festival in London.
As a singer / songwriter, Lauren has released two albums with her band and is currently working on her third.
She has also had the honor of composing for New York’s SYREN Modern Dance.
She received her B.A. in Theater from Indiana University, a post-graduate degree in Voice and Theater from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and her M.A. in Composition from New York University.
In her gigging adventures, Lauren has had the pleasure of playing at the following venues:
Don’t Tell Mama’s
Rockwood Music Hall
White Plains Performing Arts Center
(Beyond NYC … )
Jazz Kitchen, IN
Indianapolis Arts Garden
Midwest Music Summit
Trinity College, CT
James Madison University, VA
Bentley College, MA
Recorded in 2002, Lauren’s first record documents her journey of marrying her love of music with her passion for words.
‘Lauren’s lyrics are so cinematic in scope that listening to her record is practically a visual experience, wordplay reminiscent of writers like Elvis Costello and Cole Porter. With memorable melodies, a big, expressive voice, a big presence of piano and a smokin’ band, this disc offers much warmth and humanity.’
— Mark Mandelbaum, Anatomically Correct Music
Wake Up Little Girl
If I Cried
Rule of 3
Sick Sad Little Man
Let’s Not Be Friends
Lauren Cregor: Vocals, Piano
Matthew Cregor: Guitar
Brian Hersh: Drums
Arthur Kell: Bass
Rebecca Aronson: Backing vocals
All songs written by Lauren Cregor
Copyright © 2002