Kate Baldwin & Friends – The Songs of Georgia Stitt
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Kate Baldwin is back at the Sheen Center with her "Kate Baldwin & Friends" Series. Kate showcases the music of songwriter Georgia Stitt.
With guests including Derrick Baskin, Ta’Rea Campbell, Jeff Kready, Graham Rowat.
Music & Musical Direction by Georgia Stitt
Curated by Kate Baldwin
Directed by Erin Ortman
Georgia Stitt is a composer/lyricist, pianist, and music supervisor. Her original musicals currently in development include Snow Child (commissioned by Arena Stage and directed by Molly Smith); Tempest Rock (written with Hunter Foster); The Danger Year (a revue of original songs, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle); Big Red Sun (NAMT Festival winner in 2010, Harold Arlen Award in 2005, written with playwright John Jiler); The Water (winner of the 2008 ANMTSearch for New Voices in American Musical Theatre and written with Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko); and Mosaic (commissioned for Inner Voices Off-Broadway in 2010 and written with Cheri Steinkellner).
Georgia’s non-theatrical compositions include several choral pieces: With Hope And Virtue, using text from President Obama’s 2009 inauguration speech and featured on NPR as part of Judith Clurman’s Sing Out, Mister President! cycle, De Profundis, premiered by the International Orange Chorale in San Francisco, and Joyful Noise, a setting of Psalm 100 (all published by G. Schirmer), as well as A Better Resurrection and The Promise of Light, published by Walton Music, and Let Me Sing For You, performed at The Kennedy Center; Echo, performed by the Women’s Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley. Recent commissions include Do Not Stand At My Grave, for the Hilton Head Choral Society and Orchestra and Pretty Women/Beautiful Girls, an arrangement of Stephen Sondheim songs for LA-based women’s choir Vox Femina. Waiting for Wings, co-written with husband Jason Robert Brown for orchestra and narrator, was commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and premiered there in 2013 with conductor John Morris Russell.
Jeff Kready most recently seen on Broadway starring as Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Other Broadway: Billy Elliot the Musical (Tony Elliot), Sunday in the Park with George, and Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Tokio Confidential at The Atlantic Theater Company. Favorite regional credits: Jimmy inThoroughly Modern Millie (Paper Mill), Mr. Snow in Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), David Sedaris’s one-man-show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks), and In This House (world premiere, Two River Theater). TV: “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO). He has performed as guest soloist for the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and the Topeka Festival Singers. Upcoming film: title role in Prodigal, an animated telling of the prodigal son parable. Proud graduate of Washburn University. Husband of Nikki Renée Daniels, father of Lena. Follow him at jeffkready.com and on twitter @JK_Ready.
Graham Rowat has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia, Guys and Dolls (2009), LoveMusik, Dracula, and Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway credits include The Blue Flower (Second Stage), The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), and The Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center Theater). He has appeared nationally and abroad in Irving Berlin's White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto), and Les Misérables (US and China). Regional theater credits include Constellations, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Arcadia (Yale Rep), The Game (Barrington Stage), Saved (Kansas City Rep), A Funny Thing…Forum (Two River Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: The Good Wife, Law and Order, As the World Turns. Recordings: LoveMusik (Broadway Cast Recording), Life Begins at 8:40, Sweet Bye and Bye (PS Classics), multiple audiobooks. grahamrowat.com @grahamny
Music Director/Piano - Georgia Stitt