On Saturday, July 1, Brookfield Theatre for the Arts presented excerpts of three brand new holiday-themed musicals. At the end of the evening, audiences voted for their favorite to return as a full show in December. We are happy to present the winning show:
book, lyrics, and additional music by Paul Cozby,
music and arrangements by Laura Bergquist
director Lou Okell
musical director Nathaniel Baker
Rebecca Pokorski, Steven Stott - additional cast TBA
"Christmas Letters" is an original musical comedy unfolding in a series of comic and poignant vignettes with four actors bringing 46 characters to life celebrating everything that drives us crazy about Christmas...and why we love it anyway. From receiving that first obnoxious Christmas letter to taking the family picture, from dealing with in-laws, to facing unassembled gifts on Christmas Eve, "Christmas Letters" shows why sometimes we want to "wreck the halls" and why were wistful when Christmas is over.
Join us for a holiday reception after the show!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Paul Cozby - Book, Lyrics and Additional Music
A Texan by birth and New Yorker by choice, Paul is an award-winning playwright and writes book, music and lyrics for his own original musicals, including Babes at Sea, Panther City and Richard M. Nixon High School Presents Cyranose! the Musical. With his collaborator, Broadway conductor Laura Bergquist, Paul wrote book, lyrics and additional music for Christmas Letters, a new musical comedy about all the drives us crazy about Christmas...and why we love it anyway. Bull Market Productions produced Paul's musical send-up of the business world The Day Traders at The Triad in New York, and that show launches this year at sales meetings and business conventions nationwide. Paul wrote a new book and additional lyrics for composer Bert Draesel and lyricist Nancy Leeds for The Dancing Princess, a family musical based on the beloved children's book by New York author and illustrator Judith Gwyn Brown. The Dancing Princess was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Center National Musical Theater Workshop. Paul also collaborated with Tom Hyndman on a musical in development Fictitious: A Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody Definitely Not Based on the Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fictitious was performed Off Broadway as part of the 2016 Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Festival. Additionally, Lone Star Theatre Co. produced Only Humans Like My Music The Songs of Paul Cozby, a sold-out night of Paul's works at New York's Laurie Beechman Theatre. And Paul was honored to write the script for American Opera Projects Gala Opera Does Broadway Does Opera celebrating the life and work of Stephen Schwartz. Through their company, The Musical Machine, Paul and his wife, Sherry, associate produced with Tony-winning producer Van Dean the world premiere and Off Broadway debut of Rooms A Rock Romance, directed by Scott Schwartz. And Paul was proud to be one of producer Ken Davenport's POGs (People of Godspell), helping bring that beloved musical back to Broadway. A newspaper reporter and editor in a previous life, Paul enjoys writing about New York and theater. And he currently serves as communications director at Fellowship for Performing Arts, producers of the Off Broadway hit The Screwtape Letters. Paul and Sherry live on New York's Upper West Side with their Chihuahua, Whinnie. None of their five kids went to the University of Texas, and Paul will get over that someday. Paul talks all things musical at his blog/website PaulCozby.com
Laura Bergquist - Music/Arrangements
As an experienced Broadway Music Director/Conductor Laura brings a wealth of practical knowledge and insight to New York performers and production teams. Classically trained as a singer, she performed leading roles in opera and musical theatre before focusing her full-time energies as a musical director, conductor, vocal coach and composer/arranger. Laura conducted National and International Tours of THE KING AND I, TITANIC and MISS SAIGON. She is a frequent guest conductor in regional theaters and a clinician in universities and churches. As an ASCAP Awards recipient for composition, her personal catalogue includes more than 60 works in print and several recordings. Laura was the original Musical Director for JANE EYRE as well as a contributing arranger.On Broadway, she was Musical Director and Conductor for ALLEGIANCE: A NEW MUSICAL (Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione, directed by Stafford Arima) starring Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung. Current projects include World Premieres of DADDY LONG LEGS (John Caird & Paul Gordon - additional arrangements by Laura), JANE AUSTENS: EMMA (Paul Gordon - The York Theatre) and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Paul Gordon, directed by Barbara Gaines - produced at Chicago Shakespeare and The Old Globe).
Regional work as Musical Director and Conductor include The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, TheatreWorks, Northlight, Cleveland Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita, The Forum Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and Baltimore Center Stage. Laura has also performed with NY Cabaret performer, Steve Ross, is Music Director and Conductor for Broadway Backwards and works as a Casting Consultant with Disney Theme Parks and Cruise Line casting around the world.In New York she has been the Music Director and Arranger for numerous readings and workshops including NAMT, New York Stage and Film, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival and performed at Joes Pub, 54 Below, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space and Merkin Hall. She is regularly called onas a musical director and arranger for concerts, auditions, workshops, industrials and showcases. Laura lives in New York City with her amazing husband, Joe, and maintains a large coaching studio in Hells Kitchen.
"Christmas Letters" is now available for licensing through Miracle or 2 Theatrical Licensing (miracleor2.com)
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (View)
184 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|