Thursday, August 22, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: A New Sondheim Revue: The Bluest Ink

Readers, I know that many of you are Sondheim fanatics just like me.  And I know that we are all probably biting our nails waiting for his next new show or a revival of some sort (Anyone Can Whistle, please!)... so, when this press release came my way, I just had to share it with you!  Sadly, I can't make it... but if you go, PLEASE write in and let me know how it went!

  • The Bluest Ink: a world premiere multimedia revue, staged in concert and featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim
  • (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
  • Monday, August 26th – 9:30pm doors, 10pm show
  • $25.00; a two-item minimum is required for table seating

  • Featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim
  • Conceived and directed by Max Friedman
  • Musical direction and arrangements by Charlie Rosen
  • Animations by Ilana Schwartz
  • Starring Kasie GaspariniWill RolandAriella Serur, and Keith White

Kasie Gasparini

Will Roland

Ariella Serur

Keith White

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Max Friedman/Charlie Rosen and Van Patten Media Present

The Bluest Ink
A World Premiere Multimedia Revue - Staged In Concert

Featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim

Live at (le) poisson rouge on August 26th, 2013
9:30pm doors • 10pm show

Producers Max FriedmanCharlie Rosen, and Van Patten Media are proud to present The Bluest Ink, a brand new multimedia revue featuring the works of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim

The production, which premieres August 26th at (le) poisson rouge, features a cast of four and a six-piece band singing and playing original contemporary jazz arrangements of Mr. Sondheim's music, with animated projections adding texture to the narrative. Orchestrations are by Broadway wunderkind Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guv’nors, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

The Bluest Ink is a dynamic, modern exploration of both iconic and obscure Stephen Sondheim songs as they relate to the lives of young people, and a celebration of their intimate relationship with New York City.
“It's an incredible thrill to explore Sondheim’s work and hopefully illuminate it's timelessness,” said director and project conceiver Max Friedman. “We're telling new stories in a way that we think today's young audience, our peers, will really connect with.”

“Sondheim’s chords, harmonies, and melodies work so well together,” said co-producer and orchestrator Charlie Rosen. “I’m focused on preserving the energy and integrity of this classic music, while adding fresh and imaginative twists influenced by my knowledge of Jazz and contemporary harmony.”

The entire cast and creative team of The Bluest Ink is comprised of artists under 25 years old, making this production “Sondheim from a millennial perspective.”

The Bluest Ink is conceived and directed by Max Friedman, with musical direction and arrangements by Charlie Rosen, with additional arrangements by Steven Feifke. Animations are by Ilana Schwartz. Friedman and Rosen, with Van Patten Media, produce this world premiere concert staging. It runs one night only—August 26, 2013 at 10pm—at (le) poisson rouge in the West Village.

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About the director and arranger
  • Max Friedman (Director) is ecstatic to bring this piece to life with such an incredible group of young artists. Max most recently directed the multimedia concerts "Ariana DeBose in...they say i'm different" and "I Could Use A Drink" by Drew Gasparini, both at Joe's Pub. Other recent credits include "Song Moments" by award-winning composer/lyricist Daniel Maté as part of NYMF 2013. Max serves as the director/producer for the hit concert series "Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band," currently enjoying a residency at 54 Below. Previous: A sold-out concert production of the new musical "6" by Zack Zadek as part of NYMF 2012. Assistant directing credits include "The Story of Jo Beth" (JCC of Manhattan), "The Other Josh Cohen" (Soho Playhouse), "35mm" (Galapagos Art Space, cast album), "Crazy, Just Like Me" (The York, NYMF), "Bloodsong of Love" (NAMT), "Things to Ruin" (le poisson rouge), "The Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular" (Ars Nova, 54 Below), and "If It Only Even Runs A Minute" (Joe's Pub, le poisson rouge).

  • Charlie Rosen (Arranger) is a composer, performer, arranger, orchestrator, music director, and producer with a highly regarded record of success in a wide variety of musical environments. He performs on double bass, bass guitar, keyboard, guitar, and drums. He is noted for excellence in a wide variety of genres, including Jazz, Rock, and commercial music. Some recent credits include - BroadwayCyrano de Bergerac (Composer), One Man Two Guvnors (Music Director, Bass) 13 The Musical (Guitars, Bass, Keys) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Associate Conductor, Bass, Piano). Off Broadway/RegionalLove’s Labours Lost – The Public Theater (Bass), The Black Suits – Center Theater Group (Music Director), Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown – Goodspeed (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Flute), Bonfire Night – New York Stage and Film (Bass, Orchestrator), 6: A New Musical – NYMF (Music Director, Bass, Orchestrator). As Producer/ArrangerCharlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band (Conductor/Arranger), I Could Use a Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini (Producer/Arranger), Chita: A Legendary Celebration – August Wilson Theater (Overture Arranger), The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog - Kennedy Center (Orchestrator/Track Production), 4 Stars: One World of Broadway Musicals – Tokyo (Orchestrator), A Flash of Time – Kimmel Center, PA (Track Production/ Sequencing). Addl numerous performances at Joe’s Pub, LPR, Birdland, Rockwood etc – ASMAC award winner, member of ASCAP, Local 802, and Actor’s Equity. Berklee College of Music. @CRosenMusic

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