On June 3, 2014, Christiana Cole and her collaborator Bradford Proctor presented a 20-minute excerpt from their musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The cast included April Woodall, Annie Watkins, Justin Friello, Arri Lawton Simon, Ben Boecker, Laura Kleinbaum and Christiana. Based on this presentation, the BMI Steering Committee (led by Alan Menken and Maury Yeston) decided that the writers and the project should be moved into the elite Advanced workshop. Christiana and Brad will continue to develop their new musical in the BMI Advanced Workshop this fall.
Watch video of the 20-minute presentation here:
Christiana Cole told a story about something weird that happened to her when she was 10, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Housing Works Bookstore as part of the The Moth storytelling series. Nine other storytellers also told stories, but Christiana won. She’ll be going to the Grand Slam at the Williamsburg Music Hall in the fall to tell another story.
Posted on May 18, 2014
Christiana Little is proud to join the New York Film Academy‘s private voice faculty, teaching students in NYFA’s Musical Theatre program. Christiana has taught voice privately for ten years, and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the students at NYFA. For more information about studying voice with Christiana, read her teaching letter by clicking here.
Posted on May 14, 2014
Christiana Little is now a member of the Accidental Shakespeare Company. ASC is known for their “Hit-and-Run Shakespeare” series, in which actors come together for a single night to present a Shakespeare play, fully memorized, but with no rehearsals and no director. Audience members bring props from home for the actors to use. (Past notable props include undergarments, pickles, and an entire case of Yuengling beer.) Playful and alive, Hit-and-Run is not only the true test of a Classical actor, but an explosively good time. Look for Christiana in their upcoming season.
Christiana Little has been cast as the trouble-making Antichorus in a reading of “Helen of Troy,” a new musical by Zoe Samuel (book/lyrics) and Douglas Cohen (music). 2013 Callaway award winner Marlo Hunter directs. Cast includes Broadway alums Stephanie D’Abruzzo as Andromache and Hannah Elless as Helen. The reading will be presented on May 1st.
Posted on March 22, 2014
Christiana Little is Laurie Partridge in the THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, running March 20 – April 13 at the Theatre at St. Clements.
“In the summer of 1974, the Brady and Partridge Families, recently canceled by ABC and no longer under America’s watchful eye, met in a blood-soaked, passion-filled, vengeance-fueled, very special episode of Shakespearean proportions.”
THE BARDY BUNCH: A New Musical Situation Comedy of Errors
The Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street)
Written by Stephen Garvey
Directed by Jay Stern
March 20 – April 13
Tickets are available at the 1970’s price of $18
For tickets and all other info, check out www.thebardybunch.com.
Posted on December 4, 2013
“The Charm” is about a pair a newlyweds, fresh from a fairy tale wedding, who are struck by a very modern fear: how will they know that they will always love each other? With the help of a wizard, an international road trip, and one very special pair of underwear, the couple finds true happiness where they least expect it. The piece was developed by Little & Shenton in the BMI Workshop, and stars Christiana Little as the princess, Lotte Lenya award-winning tenor James Benjamin Rodgers as her prince, Ryan Kinsella as the Wizard, and John Jeffords and Erin Shields as an assortment of whimsical characters. Donald Garverick (Show Choir! The Musical) directs, with music direction by Erik James.
SoundBites will showcase excerpts from 10 up-and-coming writing teams. The festival is Monday, December 9th, at The 47th Street Theater at 8 pm. Tickets for $25 are on sale to the public NOW on Theatre Now’s website at TNNY.org and by phone at 855-254-SHOW or 855-254-7469.
Other writers featured in the show include Timothy Huang, Andy Roninson & Chris Critelli, Matt Patrick Walsh & Nathan Brisby, Patricia Bebe McGarry & Gabe Greene, Caitlin Gallo, Danielle Trzcinski & Jonathon Lynch, Adam Gwon, Nathan Christensen & Scott Murphy, Sarah Norris & Kyle Norris.
Posted on November 22, 2013
TEETH, by Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson, is a musical adaptation of the 2006 Sundance Award-winning indie horror film of the same name that tells the story of Dawn O’Keefe, an evangelical Christian teen who discovers that she has teeth in her vagina. When forces conspire to destroy her, Dawn must decide which part of herself she will save and which she will sacrifice. Christiana Little plays one of the “Promise Keeper Girls,” Dawn’s friends who are saving themselves for marriage, no matter what. TEETH is being presented in concert as part of Ars Nova’s UNCHARTED program for rising stars in musical theatre.
Featuring Amelia Cormack, Jillian Gottlieb, Benjamin Howes, Christiana Little, Melody Madarasz, Eric William Morris, Aaron Riesebeck, and Kaye Tuckerman. Musical Direction by Lynne Shankel, directed by Stephen Santa.
Posted on November 22, 2013
A new song by Christiana Little, “The Tragic Ballad of a Turkey and her Tom,” will debut at STUFFED!, a Thanksgiving-themed variety show at the People’s Improv Theatre, hosted by Jess Miller, on Monday Nov. 25 at 10pm. The song is composed for two sopranos, alto, and turkey. Singers for the occasion: Meagan Brus, Megan Pachecano, and the composer. Soprano Lauren Frankovich plays the turkey. For more information, click here.
Posted on October 16, 2013
July 29, 2013 – Christiana Little sang Bill Nelson (lyrics) & Will Aronson‘s (music) song “Potato” at the D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatre, as part of New York Theatre Barn‘s presentation of “THE LYRICS OF BILL NELSON.” Here’s the video evidence.