The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists!

Original music by Michael Shaieb, book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila for a two-act stage musical about middle-aged superheroes facing old foes and new midlife crises.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre featured a 45-minute presentation of The Protagonists starring Sutton Foster at the 25th Annual Festival of New Musicals with musical direction by Lynne Shankel & directed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli.

MT Fest UK will present a semi-staged excerpt of The Protagonists at The Other Palace in London in February 2019.

Out Of My Range

Original music and lyrics by Michael Shaieb, book by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord for a 10-song “backstage” song cycle that pulls back the curtain on generational differences within a Chorus. Rehearsals & social events lead up to the opening number of their next concert and serve as the backdrop for a whimsical, fun, & revealing look at the age dynamics at play inside a gay men’s chorus. Commissioned by Dr. Stan Hill and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for their 2012 season and their performance at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver.

Brief Reunion

Original feature film score written by Michael Shaieb and produced by Brent Lord for the psychological thriller by John Daschbach.

Alexander’s House

Original music and lyrics by Michael Shaieb, book by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord for a one-act choral musical about a man who dies and leaves his summer home to his estranged son instead of his partner.

It is a story about bringing people together from separate worlds and about the family of friends that we create. Commissioned by Jeff Buhrman and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC for their 30th Anniversary Concert and their performance at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver. The world premiere was June 4-5, 2011 at Lisner Auditorium on the George Washington University campus in Washington DC.

Caligula Maximus

All-new music arrangements written and produced by Brent Lord for a new “Musical Disco Circus” featuring Kayvon Zand, starring Jamin Ruhren (aka ACID BETTY) with Stormy Leather, Brittany Campbell and the Lady Circus aerialists Anya Sapozhnikova, Airin Dalton and Matt Griffin. Book & lyrics by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner (DONKEY SHOW). Produced by The Saint at Large in association with House of Yes and Lady Circus.

Originally staged to critical acclaim at La Mama, the sold-out play has been overhauled as an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle set on the last night of the notorious, debaucherous emperor’s life in which audiences are encouraged to take off their togas for a dip in the Cosmic Pool.

Rock Band® Live

Arrangements and original mashups written and produced by Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord for the interactive live stage show and gaming experience. A joint effort between MTV Games, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, and RWS & Associates Entertainment, Inc.. Performances were daily throughout the 2010 summer season at Cedar Point in Sandusky OH, Canada’s Wonderland outside of Toronto, and a third production toured 10 additional Cedar Fair parks.

The Kushner Trilogy

Choral trilogy by Michael Shaieb based on three settings of text adapted from plays by Tony Kushner.

  1. It Is Very Simple
    Text adapted from Homebody/Kabul, Act III, Scene 1.
  2. There Is A Little House In Heaven
    Text adapted from Hydriotaphia, Act I: Contemptus Mundi
  3. I Want More Life
    Text adapted from Angels in America: Perestroika, Scene 5

Commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Dr. Stan Hill, Artistic Director, in part for the Guthrie Theater Tony Kushner Celebration, April 2009.

Made possible through the generosity of Jeffrey D. Bores and Michael Hawkins.