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MUSI-CAL tonight with Brendan @ Rockwell in LA! (20 min of SHACKLETON)

If you happen to be in/near LA, come see us LIVE this evening, Monday, Nov. 3: Brendan & I, with MD Ryan O’Connell, will do 20 minutes of music from ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME at Musi-Cal, Rockwell Table & Stage, … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL POISON at the NAMT Festival + Manhattans in Manhattan

Oh this wonderful, odd, rock-star-mom-musical-theatre-writer life. I am a lucky woman. I just got back from showcasing our new musical BEAUTIFUL POISON at the Festival of New Musicals put on by NAMT (the National Alliance for Musical Theatre). The main … Continue reading

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Kickstarter prep: The Art Of Asking part 1

It is hard to ask for help. It is hard to hold one’s head up high, and say, without shame, “I am making this thing that is worthy and valuable. Please be a part of it.” It is hard to … Continue reading

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Postponing Kickstarter by 8 days.

We’re postponing the launch a bit because we got some great feedback from some wise friends this weekend, and decided that taking a little more time to polish the campaign to make it as compelling as possible would really pay off. … Continue reading

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It’s all about the science (oversharing #5): attention must be paid, and often stood at.

All right, people – this is so crucial that it warrants ending a sentence with a PREPOSITION (see above). Part 1 – Attention must be paid As a former sociology major, I have always been keenly interested in why people … Continue reading

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Cake!

Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, and also my son’s 9th birthday. The sun shone directly over the equator, meaning that the ENTIRE GLOBE received 12 hours of sunshine. In other words: my entrancing, wildly imaginative, relentlessly creative Mose has a … Continue reading

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Just Getting Good – fun on set

We’re getting ready for my new solo album & concert film Just Getting Good, and had a blast shooting the video for the Kickstarter campaign as you can see in this picture. We launch the Kickstarter in two weeks. In … Continue reading

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NAMT Festival excitement

In exactly one month, we’ll be back in New York for the NAMT Festival of New Musicals with BEAUTIFUL POISON, which we’re writing with the brilliant Duane Poole. Sadly, this presentation isn’t open to the public, but we mention it because this … Continue reading

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Wifely pride

THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS, which Brendan co-composed and orchestrated, just got a rave review in the LA Times. Now that everybody knows about it, the shows are selling out. Go see this excruciatingly funny, wonderfully unsettling, wacky musical before it closes … Continue reading

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It’s all about the science (oversharing #4): I haven’t wept in days.

I’m starting to feel a hell of a lot better. Haven’t yet returned to the doc for followup, but I can tell my optimism is back; it’s a lot easier to smile; I haven’t wept in days (except at a … Continue reading

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