Christiana Cole’s song “Way, Way Back,” with music by Rick Bassett, has been nominated for a 2015 MAC Award for Comedy/Novelty Song. Find about more about the MAC Awards (the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) here. The MAC Awards will be presented on March 29 at BB King’s.
Christiana Cole has been commissioned by Interlakes Theatre to the write the lyrics for a new musical adaptation of Sparkle Spa: Bling it On!
Sparkle Spa: Bling it On! tells the story of Aly Tanner, a 5th grade girl who runs her own nail salon with her little sister Brooke, and her attempt to run the very best booth at her elementary school carnival.
The full production will run at Interlakes Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire in July 2016.
Christiana Cole joins the cast of Island Song at the Drama League Rough Draft Residency. Callaway Award Winner Marlo Hunter (Unlock’d) directs this song cycle by lyricist Sam Carner (Kleban Award, Richard Rogers Award) and Derek Gregor (Richard Rogers Award). The invited industry reading takes place March 4 at the Drama League.
Island Song boasts five MAC-nominated songs, and was previously workshopped in the summer of 2013 at the Balagan Theatre in Seattle and the Indiana Festival of Theatre, following fall 2012 concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York and at Crawfish in Tokyo (in Japanese). The show was presented at the Bloomington Playwright’s project in February of 2014 (“mesmerizing… vibrant, supercharged” –Herald Times).
Christiana Cole joins Broadway luminaries Margot Siebert and Teal Wicks in the cast of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical in concert at 54 Below on March 2 at 9:30pm.
Set in 1800 England, this 2008 Richard Rodgers Award finalist musical tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet (Margot Siebert), one of five sisters, who rebels against society’s and her mother’s wish that she must marry anyone, as long as he is rich. When she crosses paths with the rich and arrogant Mr. Darcy (Nathaniel Hackmann), a battle of wills ensues. Book, lyrics and music by Lawrence Rush. Music director Matt Castle (Roundabout’s Into The Woods, Transport Group’s Once Upon a Mattress, and Company on Broadway) conducts. Christiana Cole plays Kitty Bennet.
Christiana Cole is performing all over the city around Christmastime.
Dec. 12 at 2pm
Advent/Christmas concert @ St. Francis of Paola Church
An afternoon of traditional carols, sung by Christiana and some of her best friends – Aaron Phillips, Chris Critelli, and Lynsey Buckalew. Justin T. Fields on the piano, with special guest Gina Izzo on flute. Produced by Christiana. 219 Conselyea Street in Williamsburg. Free.
Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
New York Theatre Barn Annual Holiday Celebration
Christiana Cole and Brandon Michael Lowden host an evening of 2015’s best new musical theatre songs. Christiana will be singing her time-travel-fear song, “Way Way Back” with composer Rick Bassett at the keys, and making up a brand new Christmas song with her co-host Brandon. At the D-Lounge at 101 E. 15th Street. Free. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.
Christiana will be cantoring Advent and Christmas Masses at St. Francis of Paola Roman Catholic Church, 219 Conselyea Street, in Williamsburg, throughout the Christmas season: Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 8am (Italian bilingual Mass) and 11:30am (with guitarist Phil Faconti). Check back for updates about Christmas Vigil and Day Mass schedules.
THE PIGLETS, the new musical by Christiana Cole (book/lyrics) and Dina Pruzhansky (music) is featured at Urban Stages on Dec. 6, part of “New and Noteworthy Tonight” and the Winter Rhythms series.
The cast includes:
CHRISTIANA COLE as a chicken
CHRIS CRITELLI as a dumber chicken
CAIT MURPHY as Pinky
AARON PHILLIPS as a bossy chicken
DANIELLE SACKS as a kind-hearted chicken
ALLAN K WASHINGTON as Harry Wolf
GRETCHEN WYLDER as Mama Straw
with music direction by
ARRI LAWTON SIMON
THE PIGLETS is the story of the Three Little Pigs twenty years after the Wolf Incident and an “Animal Farm”-style examination of America today.
Sunday Dec 6 at 7pm
at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th Street
Click here for TICKETS.
Christiana Cole sings the music of Gualtieri & Sisco at 54 Below on November 7. Lyricist Tom Gualtieri and composer David Sisco present songs from their show Falling to Earth (Christiana stars as Venus, goddess og love) plus a couple musicals that haven’t yet made it out of the gate (including one with a very special Golden Girl). Click here for tickets and more info!
On Monday August 31, 2015, Christiana Cole will compete at Tune in Time: New York’s Musical Theatre Game Show. In this “Musical Theater Olympics,” 3 teams of composers and lyricists who’ve never worked together are forced to collaborate – and to beat the clock. Their task? They must write a song from a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions – in the style determined by a spin of the dreaded Genre Wheel. Can they write a TUNE IN TIME?
Tune in Time!
August 31, 7:30pm
The York Theatre, 617 Lexington Ave (54th and Lex)
We won! Here’s a photo of Christiana and her writing partner for the night, Joe Kinosian (Murder for Two), Tune in Time host Emily McNamara, and their celebrity judges – a slew of Broadway Babies – Grace Matwijec, Eli Tokash, and Nicky Torchia. Also, check out this Broadway World article about our turn on the York Stage!
On June 22, the New York Theatre Barn will present an evening of Christiana Cole’s work at the Daryl Roth Theatre D-Lounge. “Thank God We Perceive Time as Linear! An Evening with Christiana Cole” will feature an outstanding cast including Kristy Cates (Wicked), Chris Critelli (Bull Durham) Aaron Phillips (Disney in Concert), Lauren Frankovich, Chris Gwynn, Melody Madarasz, Megan Pachecano, Hana Slevin, and Arri Simon. Click here for tickets. The work of Stephen Dolginoff will also be featured that evening.
NY Theatre Barn
Monday June 22, 7:30pm
Daryl Roth Theatre (D-Lounge, 101 East 15th St., NYC)
“THANK GOD WE PERCEIVE TIME AS LINEAR!”
An Evening With Christiana Cole
Music Direction by Arri Simon
Nothing is more overwhelming than the unstoppable march of time, but without it, theatre and music would be impossible. Christiana Cole writes musical theatre about singing animals to mitigate her existential angst. Singing pigs, singing hamsters, and even singing humans take center stage in this songbook. In selections from “The Piglets” (the story of the Three Little Pigs twenty years after the Wolf Incident, with collaborator Dina Pruzhansky), the original straw house pig and her daughter, Pinky, are respectively outraged and intrigued by a house made of something more substantial than straw. “The Charm,” a ten-minute musical with composer David Shenton, tells the story of a newlywed prince and princess who travel the world looking for a love charm. “The Charm” was a finalist in the 2013 SoundBites festival, and is now being developed as a full-length piece. Songs about time travel, turkeys, and love round out the program.
Tickets: $20 General Admission ($15 for students/BMI Members), plus a 2-drink minimum at the bar
Advance Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10012424
Artistic Producer: Laura Brandel
Producing Coordinator: Mackenzie Meeks
Christiana Cole has already had a busy May. On May 4, she sang “Feels Like Magic” (lyrics by Jessica Fleitman, music by Rick Bassett) with Arri Lawton Simon at the cabaret “Lady and the Vamp” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Here’s the video proof:
On May 11, Christiana sang “The Way We Like It” and “Beautiful,” both by the songwriting team Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon (yes, the same guy!) at the Laurie Beechman (yes, the same theatre!) at the debut McGuire & Simon concert, “Looking Forward.” Video pending.
To finish out the month –
On May 18 at 6pm, Christiana Cole joins an incredible lineup, including Anthony Rapp, Alyse Alan Louis, and more, to sing the music of Anna K. Jacobs, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Tickets are free!
On May 23, Christiana revives her role of Laurie Partridge in the Off-Broadway Shakespeare-Sitcom mashup, “The Bardy Bunch,” in a special one-night-only cabaret at 54 Below. Get tickets here!
And then, on June 1, Christiana will move to Williamsburg to live with her favorite actor and even more-favorite boyfriend, Aaron Phillips. She is so grateful for such a happy, productive month.