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FNAM⁄ASCAP Songwriters:
The Next Generation

July 23rd & 24th – The Gardenia

The FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS and ASCAP present two special nights of cabaret at the Gardenia on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24. The two evenings will feature some of the finest new songwriters for the musical theatre.

Hosted by the elegant icon Andrea Marcovicci, the evenings will highlight songs from the musicals of Adam Gwon, Ryan Scott Oliver and the team of Jordan Beck and Jonathan May.

Special guest performers include Megan Hilty, David Burnham, Laura Griffith, Lisa Livesay and Dan Domenech. There is no cover charge.

Performers Bios:

Adam Gwon's musical ORDINARY DAYS made its NYC premiere last season with a sold-out run at Roundabout Theatre Company, and debuted on the west coast at South Coast Repertory earlier this year. It has been seen at theaters and universities across the country, and will have a cast album released this fall by Sh-K-Boom Records. Adam's other musicals include the upcoming THE BOY DETECTIVE FAILS (book: Joe Meno) and BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR (book/co-lyrics: Julia Jordan). His honors include the 2008 Fred Ebb Award, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Signature Theatre (Arlington), South Coast Repertory, Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Dramatists Guild, and is an alum of the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop. Education: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Laura Griffith has appeared on Broadway in South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Sweet Smell of Success, and Oklahoma! She toured the country in The Light in the Piazza and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She played Maria in West Side Story at opera houses in Europe including the Deutsche Opera in Berlin. She sang with Jason Robert Brown in his Songs For A New World (woman 1) which was produced by the Signature Theatre. She was also recently seen in Mr. Brown's new production of Parade at the Mark Taper Forum. She has starred in many productions at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre including Candide, 7 Brides For 7 Brothers, A Little Night Music, and The Rocky Horror Show. Other regional credits include Les Miserables at the Sacramento Music Circus, 25th Annual? Spelling Bee at La Mirada Theatre, The Road To Hollywood at the Goodspeed Opera House and Beauty and the Beast at the Pioneer Theatre Company, and Camelot at Music Theatre of Wichita.

Jordan Beck and Jonathan May are the writing team behind the new musical Add Me!, as well as Peter Pan, A New Musical which recently premiered in Australia. They have performed concerts in NYC, Chicago (where they participated in the 2009 Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project), and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C as part of ASCAP's Broadway Today and Tomorrow Series. In addition to their stage work, they have also collaborated extensively on various cabaret material, as well as songs for the musical web series "The Sunset Players".

Lisa Livesay In addition to varying concerts, Lisa was last seen as Olive in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at the OC Pavilion. Prior to this, she was seen as Monteen in PARADE at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Regional: PETER PAN (Peter), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Dorothy), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Antonia), THE MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta). Lisa has also performed in Hong Kong Disneyland's, THE GOLDEN MICKEYS (Belle), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: LIVE! (Lead Singer). Find her online at LisaLivesay.net. Proud member of AEA. Soli Deo Gloria!

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and wrote the music and lyrics for Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, at Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Darling (Pace New Musicals 2009), first-ever Harold Adamson Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing, and more. A collection of his work, Rated RSO, was recently seen at the Kennedy Center (via ASCAP), New York Musical Theatre Festival and Joe's Pub, where it will return January 2010 after an engagement at Boston Court Performing Arts Center starring Megan Hilty. Originally from Los Angeles, he is currently making music from New York City's West Village, developing a new musical for Disney; a multimedia musical exhibition, 35mm; a commission by Broadway Across America; We the People for TheatreWorksUSA (premiering Off-Broadway 2010). He is represented by Jessica Amato at The Gersh Agency. www.ryanscottoliver.com

Dan Domenech got the performing bug in a 4th grade talent show singing the song "Holidays" from "Hey Vern its Earnest". Since then he's performed in 48 states and 5 countries. A Long Island Native, he made his professional debut in the National/International Tour of "Rent". Most recently he's worked with Alan Menken in "Sister Act the Musical" and in Frank Wildhorn's "Wonderland". Since moving to Los Angeles, he's had the pleasure of being along side 3 time emmy award-winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks on a plethora of tv/film projects. Cheers to the next step!

Megan Hilty: Broadway/LA Companies of Wicked (Glinda) and 9 to 5 the musical (Doralee Rhodes *Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama league and Ovation Award nominations). TV/Voice Over: Bones, Louie, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, The Closer, CSI, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Eli Stone, American Dad, Glenn Martin DDS, and Phineas & Ferb. Film: You Can't Have It All, The Happiest Man live, Bitter Feast and Shrek the Third. Currently, Megan is working on the animated feature film Dorothy of oz, playing the role of the China Princess.