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Vienna is writing for Musical Theatre

Postby Ang Mo » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:22 am

On the scrapbook/twitter part of this website, Vienna was being challenged by writing music for musical theatre. Does anyone know what the name of the production she is working on?
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Re: Vienna is writing for Musical Theatre

Postby aaparallel » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:39 am

Ang Mo wrote:On the scrapbook/twitter part of this website, Vienna was being challenged by writing music for musical theatre. Does anyone know what the name of the production she is working on?


I think she's still working on Sid Arthur. She performed a couple of songs from that musical last August at the Theaterworks concert (which I'm so happy I got to attend). Since then, they've cut out the barbershop number that I loved so much that night :(

If not Sid Arthur, she's still working with Tanya Schafer, the playwright and lyricist for Sid Arthur.
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Postby Erik » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:13 am

Here's some info thus far about Sid Arthur:

Vienna started work on the music for this project back in early 2008, when she attended the first invitation only reading of the book by Tanya Schaffer.

http://playwrightsfoundation.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html

A year later, they took it semipublic with a rehearsal of the full work with music by invitation only and a public one time run through with music the following day.

http://www.batw.org/news/member-news/tanya-schaffers-musical-sid-arthur-offering-previews-feb-7-8/

Tanya posted some live recordings on her website from the February 8 performance. "Bois Riche", "You've Got a Glow", "Rope Burn", "Temptations: Bread and Water", "Temptations: Come Back to Me", "Sleep/Hundred Thousand Lifetimes"

http://www.tanyashaffer.com/sidarthur.htm

Vienna and the cast in progress of Sid Arthur did "Debunk Nation" and "Monkeys in My Mind" at the San Francisco Theater Festival in July.
http://viennateng.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=20808&sid=b74a5166f537b4d4b437d8e582cafbb6

Fred posted the following in the performances section indicating that Vienna may be performing songs from her new musical work at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto in August.
http://viennateng.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2962

Vienna did play two songs with some talented vocalist friends singing parts to "Dearest Mama Sid" and "Look to the Thought" from Sid Arthur at the Theatreworks Festival at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto.
http://viennateng.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3012

From August 2009 forward, Vienna has been hard at work in the fine art of revisioning. The story has changed multiple times. The music has as well. Even the title may have changed.

There is another script out there for another musical that at one point was rumored to have Vienna attached to it to write the music, but I don't recall the title or know if Vienna was just approached for it or actually committed to it. I know that the musical possibly known as Sid Arthur has been a major commitment for Vienna for the past couple of years and what I've heard of it so far has been pretty interesting.

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Postby Ang Mo » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:51 pm

Thank you for the information, Erik. I had thought that Sid Arthur had come and gone and this was a new production. I did not realize that it is still a work in progress. I had often wondered what had triggered Vienna's interest in musical theatre. Did Vienna participate in mucial theatre during high school or college years? Was this opportunity something that just "happened" when she moved to New York, sort of like a twist of fate?
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Postby mlsgb » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:36 pm

That sounds very exciting! Hope to hear more about it soon!

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So, Sid Arthur has morphed into "The Fourth Messenger&q

Postby cmooreNC » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:55 pm

I do remember this thread back when it came about in 2010, now that Michele has so politely guided me back here.

After we meet with Tanya I'm not sure if I'll post here or on the new thread I've started earlier today. Probably the latter, since the original subject line in that one contains the new title of the musical.
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