A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole

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Come celebrate the season with friends, at the album release party for “A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole,” Christiana’s new album of eight sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Andy Roninson‘s world-class jazz piano playing is the perfect match to Christiana’s warm and velvety voice, with fresh piano arrangements on nearly every tune. With additional orchestrations by opera and musical theatre composer (and co-founding editor of Musical Theatre Today) Lucas Syed, and recorded at Williamsburg’s own Good Child Music with Bryan Smith, AND vocal cameos by Christiana’s husband, Aaron Phillips (Red Dead Redemption), this album is a welcome new addition to your holiday lineup. “A Cozy Christmas with Christiana” will be released across all major streaming platforms and on physical CD on December 5.

A Cozy Christmas with Christiana
Wednesday Dec 5
7:30pm-9:30pm

Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Take the L/G to Metropolitan/Lorimer)
http://www.huckleberrybar.com

There’s no need to RSVP and there’s no cover. Just come celebrate with Christiana at this cozy cocktail bar and enjoy the art that she enjoyed making!

Christiana Cole reprises the role of Jennie/Levi in The UnCivil Ones at EAT

IMG_0345Christiana Cole rejoins the cast of The UnCivil Ones (formerly Mary Walker Wears What She Wants) in a special benefit performance honoring Emerging Artists Theatre.

The UnCivil Ones is by Christian Duhamel (book/lyrics/original concept), Ayumi Okada (music), and Charissa Bertels (additional book/original concept). “During the American Civil War, one of the nation’s first female surgeons, Doctor Mary Walker, defies gender norms and heads to the front lines to help the wounded. There she crosses paths with Jennie, a young woman posing as a male Confederate soldier, and Lizzie, a freed black slave acting as a Union spy. When Mary is captured by the Confederacy and imprisoned at Castle Thunder, she must rely on these women — each with very different ideas about freedom and womanhood — to help her survive.”

The UnCivil Ones
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 7pm
Tickets $15 (Tax deductible donation)
TADA! Theater
15 West 28th St, 2nd floor
Between Broadway and 5th Avenue
See the event on Facebook.
Click here for tickets.

Christiana Cole sings Fleitman & Bassett for Tom Kitt at City Center

IMG_0043Christiana Cole will sing “Isn’t It Nice?” from The Average-Sized Mermaid by writing team Jessica Fleitman and Rick Bassett at NY City Center. This composition master class with Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then) is designed for emerging composers and lyricists, challenging them to tell new stories in musical theater.

THE ORIGINAL MUSICALS OF TOMORROW WITH TOM KITT
Barbara and David Zalaznick Studio
Mon Oct 15, 2018
All tickets $30
Click here for more information and tickets. 

Christiana Cole joins new musical “Pecker” based on John Waters’ film

D3EB7D38-4B15-4DB3-A2B0-079E1F833B3FChristiana Cole joins the cast of the new musical “Pecker,” with book by Owen Robertson and songs by Alan Cancelino. “Pecker” is based on the autobiographical film of same name by John Waters. The industry reading is directed by Jeff Calhoun (director of “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Newsies,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Grey Gardens” on Broadway), with Adam Wiggins as musical director.

The cast of “Pecker” features Lauren Molina, Andrea Burns, Joan Barber, and more.

The industry reading takes place on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018 midtown.

 

Christiana Cole sings “Across a Crowded Room” at Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts presents “Across a Crowded Room.” Teams of emerging theater makers will present live performances of their newly written, twenty-minute musicals, featuring professional actors.

Christiana Cole joins as a starring performer of a new musical, “Descending,” by BJ Gandolfo and Rachael Migler.

The event is free. For more information and to reserve a ticket, click here.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Mon, October 1, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

 

Christiana Cole sings for songwriters & Kirsten Childs at NYMF

bel_portrait-carousel.png__960x480_q85_crop_upscaleChristiana Cole will be a featured performer at the Kirsten Childs musical theatre songwriting workshop at New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2018.

Christiana lent her talents to the master class in previous years, when it featured Brian Lowdermilk (The Bad Years, Henry & Mudge) (2017), 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 Kirsten Childs (bookwriter, composer and lyricist of Bella: An American Tale and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) 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.

Kirsten Childs will talk about her 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 she will provide feedback and guidance.

Wednesday July 25, 6-9pm
The Green Room 42 at Yotel
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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.

 

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.