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.

 

We Go To Eleven

Lauren’s 10-minute musical, The Chorus (book and lyrics by Emmy Laybourne), was featured in a night of 10-minute musicals at Don’t Tell Mama in January.

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.

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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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Premiere Musicals

Thanks to support from Premiere Musicals and Eli Lilly, Waterwell and Indiana University have teamed up to devise our brand new piece about little known robber baron Jay Gould.  We’ve cast our brilliant student performers and are now hosting a week-long devising workshop with them at our beloved alma mater.  Performances at IU will be in late August.  But New Yorkers will be getting sneak peeks of material before then.  Stay tuned!

The Gemini Comes to the Twin Cities!

On March 8th and 9th, Lauren will be performing her music in Minneapolis/St.Paul through the beautiful and ground-breaking Nautilus Music-Theater series, Rough Cuts. The first half of each night will include music from her theater work, as performed by the incredibly talented Ann Michels, JP Fitzgibbons and Jerry Rubino. The second half will be a solo performance by Lauren, including brand new pieces.

Monday March 8th 7.30pm Nautilus Music-Theater Studio, 308 Prince St, St. Paul
Tuesday March 9th 7.30pm Open Eye Figure Theater, 506 East 24th St, Minneapolis