Back in the Studio recording “The Protagonists” demo

Last year I started working with bookwriter/lyricist Kevin Del Aguila on a new musical called The Astonishing Return Of The Protagonists about middle-aged superheroes trying to recapture past glories. This past week we’ve been in the studio recording demos of the first three songs, and the cast we’ve assembled is amazing and sounds fantastic.

We’re still waiting to find our Eagle Woman!

“Through A Glass, Darkly” to premiere in Minneapolis

Save the date! Mike’s newest work gets its World Premiere on March 29 and 30, 2008, Minneapolis.

Last May, Mike began a major choral work commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, a long-form piece that looks at the effects of crystal meth addiction on the GLBT community, their family, and friends.

Through A Glass, Darkly is a 45-minute oratorio for 3 soloists and choir and will premiere as the second half of the TCGMC’s Spring 2008 concert “Friends Are Benefits”. Two performances will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of MN campus in Minneapolis: March 29, 2008 at 8pm and March 30, 2008 at 2pm. The following July, the chorus travels to Miami to perform “Darkly” for 160+ choruses at the GALA Choruses Festival 2008.

This is a really exciting and massive work, with both music and lyrics by Mike, telling the story of a boy hitting rock bottom and the effects his addiction has on those around him. “Darkly” will form the cornerstone of an unprecedented outreach partnership created by the chorus to educate youth about the dangers of the growing crystal meth epidemic.

The music is not like anything you’ve probably ever heard in the choral world, traversing a bunch of moody genres from classical to rock to swing to club beat. We cannot wait to hear 150 voices singing this. Mike just presented the finished work to the choir and their patrons this weekend. Clips of the demo tracks will be posted here soon.

Tickets are already on sale. Details can be found at the TCGMC website. Let us know if you’re traveling there next March. We can help recommend places to stay and how to get around Minneapolis. Hope to see you there!

NYMF Platforms reviews are in!

Brent’s show Platforms just closed it’s sold-out run at NYMF. Here are a few quotes from the reviews we’ve collected so far:

From BroadwayWorld.com’s message board, posted by whatever2 – Oct 2, 2007

saw “platforms” tonite — run, do not walk, to get tickets. it’s this year’s commissioned choreography piece, and simply stunning. a little like “contact” (even stars deborah yates!), but w/ a clever, modern, urban new york sensibility. simply brilliant.

From Backstage.com, reviewed by Ron Cohen – Oct 3, 2007

Lord’s recorded score beautifully evokes the show’s shifting moods…

Platforms is an hour or so of the most intense and exciting dance you’re likely to see on any New York stage this season.

From nytheatre.com, reviewed by Josh Sherman – Oct 4, 2007

The original music, by Brent Lord, is perhaps the most inspired soundtrack of a theatre piece I’ve heard in quite some time. The choreography matches perfectly with each mood shift — the underscoring in each and every scene is precisely in tune with the dancers’ vocabulary of movement.

If you missed Platforms at NYMF this year, BroadwayWorld.com has a NYMF dance preview video that you can watch here. Their “tap-off” number is the first one after Kris’s interview.

Previously:

“Platforms” at NYMF – 3 performances only!

I was invited to write music for the world premiere of a new dance musical at this year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival. This is the same festival Go-Go Beach debuted in last year.

The show, called Platforms, is an original dance narrative musical. The story was conceived by director Holly-Anne Ruggiero (Jersey Boys, 700 Sundays, Dracula) and bookwriter Delaney Britt Brewer. Five amazing choreographers collaborate to tell sections of the story thru dance and original music. Tony nominee Deborah Yates (“The Girl in the Yellow Dress” — Contact) stars with Ted Levy (Black & Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam) and a cast of many others.

Not to be confused with shows like Contact, which won Best Musical using a score of pre-existing canned music, Platforms will feature canned music written from scratch by me. The nymf.org page for our show just got updated with some of my music samples, so go take a listen.

Single tickets are already on sale. A purchase link is on the nymf.org show page. Three performances only on Oct 2 at 8pm, Oct 4 at 9pm, and Oct 6 at 1pm at The Theatre at St. Clements — 46th west of 9th ave (map) .

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