About Lauren Cregor

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Lauren Cregor’s music can be heard in theaters, on screen, and on iTunes.  She is the composer and musical director for the acclaimed off-Broadway company, Waterwell.

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:

(NYC)
Joe’s Pub
Don’t Tell Mama’s
Rockwood Music Hall
Knitting Factory
Webster Hall
Zipper Factory
Bitter End
FEZ
Galapagos
Baggot Inn
Cafe 111
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

Swimming Pool

Waterwell's #9 Swimming Pool

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

Early in the production, Kevin Townley and Matt Dellapina perform the piece “Swimming Pool,” as Kevin’s character recounts the tale of the-one-that-got-away.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

Lauren Cregor’s demo track for the hit “Swimming Pool” featured in Waterwell’s #9.

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Kevin Townley peforms, “Swimming Pool” in Waterwell’s new musical #9:

Busy Tone

Busy Tone

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

In the production, this piece “Busy Tone” was performed by David Ryan Smith, with lyrics by Rodney Gardiner, as inspired by his own fear and frustration when not able to contact his family on Turks and Caicos during Hurricane Hannah.  In composing this piece, a sampled busy signal was mapped to a midi keyboard via Logic so that the signal itself could be played as live accompaniment during the performance.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

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Haptics

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

In the production, Kevin Townley performs the piece “Haptics,” as his character becomes irretrievably lost to his online persona.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

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Over My Head

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

This piece, “Over My Head,” did not make its way into the final production but was a favorite of the whole company.

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Drum Major

From Waterwell's TKO

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

Here, Rodney Gardner performs Drum Major from Waterwell’s The / King / Operetta at a live performance at Trinity College, CT.  The lyrics of the piece come directly from King’s profound “Drum Major” speech, given February 4th, 1968.

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Jail Song

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

In this track, Rodney Gardiner and John-Andrew Morrison perform “Jail Song” live at Trinity College, CT.

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Nominated for an IT Award!

Lauren and Waterwell celebrate IT Award nominations for their 2005 production The Persians: a comedy about war with five songs — a production deemed ‘Brilliant’ by the NY Times. The nominations are for Best Original Music Composition, Best Choreography, and Best Musical. Please cast YOUR vote at www.nyitawards.org — winners announced in September.

To see Waterwell’s latest hilarious and daring creation, Marco Millions (based on lies), go to www.waterwell.org or www.ticketcentral.com. Mon, Wed thru Sat Aug. 4th – 26th at the Lion Theater. This time, Lauren not only composed all the music, she also performs on stage every night

Marco Millions Opener

With Marco Millions (based on lies), Waterwell puts its signature irreverent stamp on an obscure play by one of America’s greatest dramatists, Eugene O’Neill.  It is a musical kaleidoscopic and freewheeling ride that confronts questions of class and race that are as important now as they were in 1928… or 1271.

The production premiered at the Lion Theater within Theater Row, 42nd st, during the summer of 2006.  It garnered praise from Variety, TimeOut NY, Backstage, and many more.

In this track, Kevin Townley, Hanna Cheek, Arian Moayed, Rodney Gardiner and Tom Ridgely perform the Opening Number to Marco Millions: Based on Lies, recorded at NYC’s Joe’s Pub.

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Funk Opera

“Funk Opera” is the climax of Waterwell’s The Persians: A Comedy About War With Five Songs, coming just before the powerful and dramatic ending. The show premiered in May 2005 at Under St Mark’s, and was quickly moved off-Broadway to the Perry St Theater for an extended run through the end of August.  The New York Times called the show “Brilliant, original, inspired” and “alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves.” (7/05)

This track features Rodney Gardiner, Tom Ridgely, Arian Moayed and Hanna Cheek.

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