news: “love taps,” outer voices, “alex & ali,” short-film-a-palooza, and more…

It’s a very busy next couple of weeks, here, at BPB! Here’s the scoop:

  • Love Taps, the full-length tap opera that I originally wrote, with Chicago Tap Theatre Artistic Director Mark Yonally, in 2010 is being remounted next week. With a new script by poetry slam creator Marc Kelly Smith, and a live on-stage band playing the brand new arrangements, it’s going to be a really exciting show. The audience gets to be a dating website, to choose a different second act every night! Running March 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 8m, and March 17 & 23 at 3pm. Stage 773. 1225 W. Belmont. Go here for tickets!


  • Outer Voices is a brand-new vocal group – founded by composers Kenn Kumpf and Robert Reinhart – dedicated to the performance of obscure one-per-part vocal repertoire from before 1750 and after 1950. I’m really thrilled and quite humbled to be performing with this group in their debut concert on Sunday, March 16th, at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville. It’s a free concert, and suitable for all ages. We would love to see you there.


  • At the beginning of February, I had the pleasure of heading out to LA to work on the final sound mix of Alex & Ali, the highly-anticipated documentary that I’ve been working on for almost 2 years. Director Malachi Leopold, Associate Music Producer Gabriel Dib, and I had the incredible honor of working with legendary sound mixer Geoffrey Rubay (Basic Instinct, The Fifth Element, Serenity) at Sony Studios in Culver City, and the results are nothing short of stunning. We’re looking very forward to sharing this film with you later this year! Special thanks to the BPB team, Jordan Lewis, Brittany Dunton, and Logan Stahley, who worked incredibly hard to get this thing in the can.


  • As if the beginning of this year wasn’t crowded enough, I just completed work on the scores for two amazing short films; Bowes Academy – the operatic tale of a young man’s efforts to get into a prestigious boarding school (with a secret), and Safe Word  – a disturbing comedic exploration of one couple’s forays into the world of role playing. Both feature large orchestral scores; one is a cinematic John Williams-esque epic and the other is a Kubrickian texturalist fantasy. We’ll be recording with brass players and putting on the finishing touches over the next couple of weeks. You will want to see these.


  • Scary Normal, our little indie film that could, will be screening at the True Colors Conference in Connecticut later this month, and in the Golden Egg Film Festival in Cancun, Mexico in May.


  • Coming up later this year: A new Dorkumentary, the rest of Trep Life Season 2, the short films The Photographist and Angle of Incidence, the pilot for the new UK TV series, Light & Shadows, and some other big projects that I can’t talk about yet.


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