Christiana Cole in readings of “The Lady Scribblers,” “The Book Thief” and “Mary Walker Wears What She Wants”

Christiana is having a very busy spring, with three readings on their plate over the next two weeks.

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THE LADY SCRIBBLERS at the Drama League, Tuesday March 27 at 7:30pm. A reading of a new period comedy by Michaela Goldhaber, directed by Pat Diamond. Christiana plays Anne Bracegirdle, the premier comedienne of Restoration Comedy in London in the late 17th century.

 

1200x630bbTHE BOOK THIEF (closed reading) on April 9th. THE BOOK THIEF is a new musical based on the best-selling book of the same name, by Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson (best known for writing “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure“) and produced by world-famous author Jodi Picoult. Christiana plays the roles of Barbara Steiner, Sister Maria, and Ilsa Hermann.

 

CADA2572-BE33-E553-4CE1C49AC5EE32BEMARY WALKER WEARS WHAT SHE WANTS at The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild, April 13 at 8 pm. Book & Lyrics by Christian Duhamel (winner of the 2018 Kleban Prize) and Music by Ayumi Okada, with additional book and lyrics by Charissa Bertels. MARY WALKER is set in the Civil War, and explores our ideas of gender. Christiana plays Jennie, a person assigned female at birth (AFAB), who takes on a male identity (and the name Levi) in order to search for their brother on the battlefield. They choose to remain Levi even after the war is over. As a genderfluid performer, Christiana is thrilled to be playing a role that invites exploration of gender.

 

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Christiana Cole sings new musical theatre at the annual BMI Smoker

bmi logoBMI favorite Christiana Cole will be one of the featured performers at the BMI Smoker on Thursday, March 8 at 5pm. 

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is widely regarded as the premiere training ground for emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists. Since the inception of the workshop in 1961 a great number of works have been created by members and alumni, including: The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, Ragtime, Nine, A Chorus Line, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal, and many more.

The Smoker is an annual event that features the most outstanding new songs presented in the Workshop that year.

Christiana Cole will be performing four roles in the Showcase — 

  1.  Pamela, a trailer trash mom with a heart of gold, in “Back To My Arms” from #MARS by Laura Kleinbaum and Willem Oosthuysen
  2. Miriam, a recently-dumped schoolteacher who turns into a mermaid, in “What Even (Is My Life Right Now)” from The Average-Sized Mermaid by Jessica Fleitman and Rick Bassett.
  3. A small, sad child, in “Monkey in the Middle” from Going South by Katya Stanislavskaya.
  4. A sexy Israeli lady in “Waiting Tables” from Borders by Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon.

The Smoker is FREE with RSVP to ssantana@bmi.com. 

BMI Smoker
Thursday March 8 at 5pm
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
Media Room, 30th Floor
ALL ROADS AND TRAINS LEAD TO BMI

Christiana Cole sings “Memory” LIVE at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Christiana Cole was honored to join Broadway legends Bill Hutton, Cady Huffman and more in a benefit concert for the Jessica Rekos Foundation, on Nov. 2, 2017 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Christiana sang “Memory” from CATS, with Alexander Rovang on piano.

Christiana Cole sings the work of Michael R. Jackson, Katya Stanislavskaya, Sukari Jones and Troy Anthony in October

katya photoOctober 15: Christiana Cole will perform “I’m Just a Girl” from Going South, with words and music by Katya Stanislavskaya, at 7Songwriters: Witchy Women, a cabaret of musical theatre and art song written by women.

Going South shines a light on outdated and outrageous laws on divorce, discrimination, gender/bathroom issues, and campus rape in today’s American South.

7S: Seven Songwriters is a concert series that showcases composers and songwriters of cross-genre: musical theater, jazz, classical art song, pop, rock, experimental—multidisciplinary musicians whose work in-between genres defies definition or any one label.

7S: WITCHY WOMEN
October 15, 2017
Whitman & Bloom, downstairs speakeasy lounge
384 3rd Ave, New York, NY (between 27th and 28th) 
Doors/Drinks: 5:30PM
Show: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
$15 Advance | $20 Cash at Door

NW-JonesAnthony-1October 19: Christiana Cole will perform “Too Soon (to Say Goodbye)” and “Go, Go, Waterman” from The River Is Me, by Troy Anthony and Sukari Jones, at the Songwriter’s Showcase at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals. The performance will be on Stage 3 of New World Stages at 2pm. Laura Brandel directs.

The River Is Me is a new original music theater ghost story inspired by all the lynched bodies of black boys that have been destroyed and discarded that we as a nation now must drink in time and time again from the very landscape beneath our feet.

namtThe National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community. Our mission is to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development, production and presentation of new and classic musicals, providing a forum for the sharing of resources and information relating to professional musical theatre through communication, networking and programming, and advocating for the imagination, diversity and joy unique to musical theatre. This year’s Festival features shows selected from over 240 submissions from around the world, representing the breadth, depth and excitement of musical theatre today.

For more information about attending NAMT, visit their website here. Most working NYC theatre professionals should be able to attend the concert for free.

Songwriter’s Showcase feat. The River Is Me
NAMT Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages, Stage 3
Oct 19, 2pm
Free

white girl in dangerEarlier this month, Christiana performed a concert version of a groundbreaking new musical, White Girl in Danger, with words and music by Michael R. Jackson, at Joe’s Pub on Sep. 24 at Adelphi University and Sep. 25 at Joe’s Pub, as Musical Theatre Factory’s season kickoff.

White Girl In Danger is a dark musical comedy about Keesha Gibbs, an African-American teen who lives in the “blackground” of an all white world of a 90s era melodrama and seeks to prove she’s just as much of a protagonist/heroine as Meagan, Maegan, and Megan, the white girls who battle issues such as drugs, alcohol, abusive boyfriends, eating disorders, and finally a serial killer who has been murdering the town’s white girls one by one. Inspired by classic 90s movies-of-the-week such as She Cried No, Friends ‘Til The End, and Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? The performance was directed by Tamilla Woodard with music direction by Darius Smith. The talented cast included LaToya Edwards, LaDonna Burns, Molly Hager, Christiana Cole, Bonnie Milligan, Liz Lark Brown, Eric William Morris, Sarita Lilly, Rheaume Crenshaw, and Larry Hamilton.

 

Christiana Cole is Big Alison in FUN HOME at TheatreSquared

fun home photoChristiana Cole plays the leading role of present-day Alison in FUN HOME, by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name.

FUN HOME
Aug. 23 – Sept. 17, 2017
Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron; music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

Winner, Best Musical
2015 Tony Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

A five-time Tony Award-winner and one of the most significant new musicals of the 21st century. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing make-believe at the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, cathartic, and wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Directed by Amy Herzberg; featuring Rita Harvey, Rob Sutton, and Christiana Cole.

“A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping. The best new musical to open on Broadway.” – The New York Times

“Stunning, deeply moving, funny, and fresh — it hooks you instantly.” – Associated Press

Click here for tickets and more information.

 

Christiana Cole is featured performer at Kerrigan & Lowdermilk workshop at NYMF

kerrrChristiana Cole will be a featured performer at the Kerrigan & Lowdermilk musical theatre songwriting workshop at New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2017.

Christiana lent her talents to the master class in previous years, when it featured Ryan Scott Oliver (35MM, Jasper in Deadland) (2016) and Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Heathers, Bat Boy) (2015).

Join us for a public masterclass with Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk (THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, OUR FIRST MISTAKE) and participants from Anna K. Jacobs’ (POP!; Harmony, Kansas; Teeth; Echo) Musical Songwriting Workshop. Over the week-long Musical Songwriting Workshop, participants have been guided through an authentic musical theater songwriting process and this masterclass will showcase what they have been working on. Christiana Cole will be one of the guest professionals performing the work written by the students in the class.

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk will talk about their creative and professional experiences as musical theater writers, then each team who have taken part in Anna K. Jacob’s Musical Songwriting Workshop will present their song and they will provide feedback and guidance.

Tuesday July 25, 7pm – 10pm
The Green Room 42 at Yotel
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10036
$10 tickets at the door

Click here for more information about the master class and about NYMF.

 

Christiana Cole & Rona Siddiqui in the 2017 Prospect Theater Lab: WORLD VIEWS

Screenshot 2017-06-11 17.44.24Christiana Cole (words) and Rona Siddiqui (music) have been selected as one of the writing teams in the annual Prospect Theater Lab. This year’s theme is “World Views.” Nine writing teams will come together to create original short musicals inspired by works of visual art on display in NYC museums, each of which offer a window into a unique, imaginative world.

WORLD VIEWS
The 2017 Prospect Theater Lab

written by
Janet Allard & Niko Tsakalakos
EllaRose Chary & Brandon James Gwinn
Seth Christenfeld & James Ballard
Christiana Cole & Rona Siddiqui
Anton Dudley & Faye Chiao
Emily Kaczmarek & Zoe Sarnak
Brandon Michael Lowden & Alexander Sage Oyen
Sarah Rebell & Teresa Lotz
Melvin Tunstall III, Douglas Lyons, & Ethan Pakchar

directed by Dev Bondarin

at the TimesCenter (242 West 41st Street)
Tickets now on sale: $15 – $35
Click here for tickets and more info. 

Since 2008, Prospect Theater has operated an annual music theater lab which brings together teams of writers, challenging them to create short (10 minute) musicals in response to an assignment. From the start of the lab when the curated assignment is given, writers have one month until the first rehearsal to write the first draft of their piece. During this month, they meet with the director (Prospect’s Associate Artistic Director, Dev Bondarin) and other writers to discuss the overall goals for the culminating lab performance. There is a then a 3-4 week rehearsal process during which the material is workshopped and staged, and the short pieces are presented as a single show to the public.

Lab participants are selected through an open application process. A panel of Prospect’s artistic staff members review each application and work samples to select the lab participants. The lab is intended to serve a broad network of emerging writers, identifying new talent and building relationships with a diverse group of writers who may contribute to the company’s work in future seasons.

Christiana Cole cast in TEETH with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Christiana Cole rejoins the cast of TEETH in a workshop produced by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. TEETH (based on the horror film of the same name by Mitchell Lichtenstein) is the story of a young evangelical Christian girl who discovers she has teeth in her vagina. TEETH has music by Anna K. Jacobs, lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, and book by Jacobs and Jackson. Marlo Hunter directs. The workshop will take place in a closed reading at the Sheen Center in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday June 13.

Christiana Cole sings at 54 Below at the NYFA Faculty Show, Sunday May 21

nyfa 54Christiana Cole will be debuting a new song she wrote — dedicated to her students — at the NYFA Faculty Show at 54 Below on Sunday, May 21 at 9:30pm. You can find tickets and more information here.

 

 

Christiana Cole sings at the BMI Showcase on May 1

 

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bmi logo BMI favorite Christiana Cole will be one of the headlining performers at the BMI Showcase on Monday, May 1 at 4:30pm at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64th Street. 

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is widely regarded as the premiere training ground for emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists. Since its inception of the workshop in 1961 a great number of works have been created by members and alumni, including: The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, Ragtime, Nine, A Chorus Line, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal, and many more.

The Showcase is a special event that only happens when the steering committee, led by luminaries such as Maury Yeston and Alan Mencken, feel there is a large volume of great work in the workshop that deserves a wider audience.

Christiana Cole will be performing five roles in the Showcase — 

  1. Betty Parker, a suppressed suburban housewife in the 1950’s who starts to experience the shocking world of color and passion, in “Beautiful” from Pleasantville by Janine McGuire and Arri Simon
  2. Debbie Jellinsky, a black widow murderess hungry for Uncle Fester’s fortune, in “He Was Perfect” from Addams Family Values by Jamie Cowperthwait and Ok Kyun Kang (check out video from a previous performance on the Watch and Listen page!)
  3.  Pamela, a trailer trash mom with a heart of gold, in “You Gotta Go” from #MARS by Laura Kleinbaum and Willem Oosthuysen
  4. A very proper madrigal singer in the song “W.B.” by Tracy Sallows
  5. Cherry, a pragmatic but soft-hearted upper class woman in the year 1869, whose dreamer husband founds the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove (and names it after her!) in “A Little Patch of Summer” from A History of Summer, by Adam Mathias and Jonathan Monro.

The evening will not only be a showcase of the talent budding at BMI, but of Christiana’s versatile range as a singer-actor.

There will be a reception afterwards!

The showcase is FREE. Doors open at 4pm. Seating is first come, first served. The performance will begin at 4:30pm.