T/K/O @ Joe’s Pub

TKOOn October 22nd, Joe’s Pub welcomed a cast of 12 and a band of 4 onto its stage to perform a concert reading of The / King / Operetta, freshly refined from its adventure at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  The all-star cast included Rodney Gardiner, Shelley Thomas, David Manis, Reed Birney, Will Harper, Brian Tyree Henry, JD Webster, Adrienne Warren, Hanna Cheek, and many, many more incredibly talented folk.  The music was brought to an inspired new life, full of unyielding energy and emotional depth, as generously provided by the singers and musicians.  It was a powerful night, and an always-empowering story.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

In October ’12, Lauren and fellow Waterwell-ers, Tom Ridgely and Rodney Gardiner, were invited to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for New Work.  The extremely talented members of the Festival workshopped The / King / Operetta over 5 days’ time, allowing the 3 inspired writers to refine existing material and try out the new.  All this amidst the jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery Ashland, OR has to offer.  A true gift to theater and its denizens lives there.OSF

Orchestrating A Delight

Lauren’s orchestrations will be featured in the upcoming workshop production of Stephen Karam’s “Emma.” Karam’s “Speech and Debate” premiered off-Broadway at the Roundabout in 2007 and his “Sons of the Prophet” arrives there this fall.  “Emma” is being developed through Waterwell’s New Works Lab. Presented along with PPAS, “Emma” runs May 11-14th at 328 W 48th St, NYC.

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Tit for Tat

Nicole Parker in Waterwell's The Wizard of Wall StreetThe Wizard of Wall Street is an all new musical about the life and times of financier/railroad executive Jay Gould who was, according to Joseph Pulitzer, “one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the American people.” Known in his own time as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and throughout history as “Robbingest of the Robber Barons,” Jay Gould’s was one of the most spectacular and controversial careers in American business. Produced by Waterwell, workshopped at Indiana University as a grant-funded Premiere Musical.

In “Tit for Tat,” Gould’s contemporary – suffragette Victoria Woodhull – takes a particular stance in attempt to secure for women the right to vote.

 

River Credit

The Wizard of Wall Street is an all new musical about the life and times of financier/railroad executive Jay Gould who was, according to Joseph Pulitzer, “one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the American people.” Known in his own time as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and throughout history as “Robbingest of the Robber Barons,” Jay Gould’s was one of the most spectacular and controversial careers in American business. Produced by Waterwell, workshopped at Indiana University as a grant-funded Premiere Musical.

In “River Credit,” we hear Jay Gould as he formulates what would become our current system of credit, underscored by the unsuspecting populus.

 

The Chorus

The Chorus (working title) is about a mystical Greek chorus who attempts to help certain New Yorkers solve their problems via sung riddles and persuasive prodding.  It is based on a 10-minute musical written by Lauren and Emmy Laybourne as part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

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This video is from the very first presentation of the 10-minute piece.

Once There Was A Girl

Nicole Parker in Waterwell's The Wizard of Wall StreetThe Wizard of Wall Street is an all new musical about the life and times of financier/railroad executive Jay Gould who was, according to Joseph Pulitzer, “one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the American people.” Known in his own time as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and throughout history as “Robbingest of the Robber Barons,” Jay Gould’s was one of the most spectacular and controversial careers in American business. Produced by Waterwell, workshopped at Indiana University as a grant-funded Premiere Musical.

In “Once There Was A Girl,” Victoria Woodhull gives voice to the three women of the piece: herself – an empowered suffragette and business woman; Josie Mansfield – a notorioius chorus girl and paramour of Gould’s partner Jim Fisk; and Helen Gould – Jay’s pious and doting wife.

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The Gold Corner Opera

The Wizard of Wall Street is an all new musical about the life and times of financier/railroad executive Jay Gould who was, according to Joseph Pulitzer, “one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the American people.” Known in his own time as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and throughout history as “Robbingest of the Robber Barons,” Jay Gould’s was one of the most spectacular and controversial careers in American business. Produced by Waterwell, workshopped at Indiana University as a grant-funded Premiere Musical.

In “The Gold Corner Opera,” we hear the epic tale of how Gould and Fisk attempted to corner the gold market in 1869, leading to the infamous Black Friday.  All in operatic format, as is fitting.

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Railroad to NYC

Railroad to NYC from Waterwell's The Wizard of Wall StreetThe Wizard of Wall Street is an all new musical about the life and times of financier/railroad executive Jay Gould who was, according to Joseph Pulitzer, “one of the most sinister figures that have ever flitted bat-like across the vision of the American people.” Known in his own time as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and throughout history as “Robbingest of the Robber Barons,” Jay Gould’s was one of the most spectacular and controversial careers in American business. Produced by Waterwell, workshopped at Indiana University as a grant-funded Premiere Musical.

In “Railroad to NYC,” we hear a snippet of the music that takes us through Act 2, as Jay Gould travels the country via the railroad system he would come to dominate and restructure.

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