That was much how I felt during my first visit to the monthly “Musi-Cal” events staged by the Festival of New American Musicals. In the showcases, audiences get early glimpses of musical-theater works-in-progress, all smartly delivered in the spacious digs of Rockwell, a restaurant in Los Feliz. The performances are quite high quality and the event attracts a fun, full house of avid followers … writers, singers, composers … creatives!
While this stuff is coming at you, your main job is to sip and chew the restaurant’s bar and menu offerings. And clap. And enjoy.
And remember — you saw it first at Musi-Cal.
Tuesday’s program follows here:
The Gingerbread Pimp
Book & Lyrics by Molly Reynolds, Music by Will Collyer
The Gingerbread Pimp is a darkly comedic twist on the inner workings of domestic abuse, told through the eyes of a once vibrant young wife.
Book by Marc Acito, Lyrics by Amy Engelhardt & Marc Acito, Music by Amy Engelhardt
Bastard Jones is a rollicking 17th century farce with a 21st century pop score.
Book & Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson
13-year-old Mary Marie is surprisingly excited about her parents’ 1920’s divorce. But the novelty wears thin.
The Devil You Know
A rhythm and blues story
Music & Lyrics by Larry Poindexter, Book by David Carey Foster & Larry Poindexter
Due to the heat generated by an unreleased song’s play in a commercial, the disbanded group Devereaux is approached by their former label to complete their unfinished album.