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Thursday Oct 14, 2021

Kris Kukul (kriskukul.com)(IG:@kriskukul) is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer.  Currently he is Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, co-arranger and Conductor for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, The Liz Swados Project for Ghostlight Records, In The Green at Lincoln Center Theatre, David Byrne’s Joan of Arc the Public Theatre, Songbird by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard, a remounting of Elizabeth Swados' Runaways at New York’s City Center, The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Jeff Buckley, and The Heart of Robin Hood, music by Parsonsfield. He has also arranged, orchestrated and conducted solo concerts for Broadway powerhouses Kate Baldwin (Extraordinary Machine), and Amy Spanger (The Music Be the Place) and the Lincoln Center American Songbook concert celebrating the music of Elizabeth Swados. For 10 seasons, he served as the resident music director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Productions included June Moon, The Last Goodbye, Animal Crackers and others. There he also directed the legendary Late-Night Cabarets, featuring iconic performers including Renee Fleming, Lewis Black, Kathleen Turner, Allison Janey, Tyne Daly, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Kuhn, Lena Hall, Judy Gold, Steven Pasquale, Kelli O’Hara, Phillipa Sou, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Debra Monk, Michael McKean, Harriet Harris and many others.  Kris began his career working for musical theatre icon Elizabeth Swados. Together, they created Jabu, Kaspar Hauser, The Nomad, The LaMama Cantata and numerous concerts and recordings. He and Director/Choreographer Sam Pinkleton are committed to keeping her legacy alive.   He music directed the film scores for Of Many, a documentary produced by Chelsea Clinton, and My Depression, an HBO animated film featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi and Fred Armisten. As Composer, Kris has written the music for the musicals Beauty Queen and Dash Dexter and the family friendly musicals Camp Monster and Wing It!, both produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He also wrote the music for Oliver Twist at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Greek National Theatre.  Internationally, he spent 3 seasons with The National Theatre of Greece, conducting and arranging music for tours of classical plays in ancient amphitheaters, including the festival of Epidaurus. He performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with the musical From the Fire. With The LaMama Cantata, he performed in Tokyo, Spoleto, Istanbul, Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade. In New York City, Kris has worked at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic, The Flea, LaMama, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Birdland, the Cherry Lane and the Lucille Lortel. He has worked regionally at San Diego’s Old Globe, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, A.R.T., Emerson Arts, Two River, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown, The Village Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Center. Kris is a Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is adjunct faculty at Tisch/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and has taught at The New School, Duke University, Columbia University, Belmont University, and Queens College.

Monday Oct 11, 2021

Kris Kukul (kriskukul.com)(IG:@kriskukul) is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer.  Currently he is Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, co-arranger and Conductor for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, The Liz Swados Project for Ghostlight Records, In The Green at Lincoln Center Theatre, David Byrne’s Joan of Arc the Public Theatre, Songbird by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard, a remounting of Elizabeth Swados' Runaways at New York’s City Center, The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Jeff Buckley, and The Heart of Robin Hood, music by Parsonsfield. He has also arranged, orchestrated and conducted solo concerts for Broadway powerhouses Kate Baldwin (Extraordinary Machine), and Amy Spanger (The Music Be the Place) and the Lincoln Center American Songbook concert celebrating the music of Elizabeth Swados. For 10 seasons, he served as the resident music director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Productions included June Moon, The Last Goodbye, Animal Crackers and others. There he also directed the legendary Late-Night Cabarets, featuring iconic performers including Renee Fleming, Lewis Black, Kathleen Turner, Allison Janey, Tyne Daly, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Kuhn, Lena Hall, Judy Gold, Steven Pasquale, Kelli O’Hara, Phillipa Sou, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Debra Monk, Michael McKean, Harriet Harris and many others.  Kris began his career working for musical theatre icon Elizabeth Swados. Together, they created Jabu, Kaspar Hauser, The Nomad, The LaMama Cantata and numerous concerts and recordings. He and Director/Choreographer Sam Pinkleton are committed to keeping her legacy alive.   He music directed the film scores for Of Many, a documentary produced by Chelsea Clinton, and My Depression, an HBO animated film featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi and Fred Armisten. As Composer, Kris has written the music for the musicals Beauty Queen and Dash Dexter and the family friendly musicals Camp Monster and Wing It!, both produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He also wrote the music for Oliver Twist at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Greek National Theatre.  Internationally, he spent 3 seasons with The National Theatre of Greece, conducting and arranging music for tours of classical plays in ancient amphitheaters, including the festival of Epidaurus. He performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with the musical From the Fire. With The LaMama Cantata, he performed in Tokyo, Spoleto, Istanbul, Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade. In New York City, Kris has worked at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic, The Flea, LaMama, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Birdland, the Cherry Lane and the Lucille Lortel. He has worked regionally at San Diego’s Old Globe, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, A.R.T., Emerson Arts, Two River, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown, The Village Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Center. Kris is a Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is adjunct faculty at Tisch/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and has taught at The New School, Duke University, Columbia University, Belmont University, and Queens College.

Thursday Sep 23, 2021

Shawn W. Smith(IG:@shawnwsmith)(TW:@straysoundtrack)(@StrayAndTheSoundtrack) is a veteran of the stage and recording booth. In theatre he has been seen in “For the Record: The Brat Pack”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Lysistrata Jones”, “Godspell”, and the national touring company of “Waitress” where you can currently see him in the role of Earl. In 2019 he released an album of original music entitled “That’s What You Get for Doing the Wrong Thing” and this past summer released a new original album with his music partner Michael Herlihy under the band name and album title “Stray and the Soundtrack”. 

Monday Sep 20, 2021

Shawn W. Smith(IG:@shawnwsmith)(TW:@straysoundtrack)(@StrayAndTheSoundtrack) is a veteran of the stage and recording booth. In theatre he has been seen in “For the Record: The Brat Pack”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Lysistrata Jones”, “Godspell”, and the national touring company of “Waitress” where you can currently see him in the role of Earl. In 2019 he released an album of original music entitled “That’s What You Get for Doing the Wrong Thing” and this past summer released a new original album with his music partner Michael Herlihy under the band name and album title “Stray and the Soundtrack”. 

Thursday Jul 22, 2021

Danny K Bernstein (IG:@dannykbernstein) is an award-winning composer-lyricist, writer, pianist and music director based in New York City. Shows include Far From Canterbury (Book, Music, Lyrics - Best Musical, 2015 New York International Fringe Festival), and Wings (Book, Music, Lyrics). We cover it all, from early inspirations to current projects! Enjoy! 

Monday Jul 19, 2021

Danny K Bernstein (IG:@dannykbernstein) is an award-winning composer-lyricist, writer, pianist and music director based in New York City. Shows include Far From Canterbury (Book, Music, Lyrics - Best Musical, 2015 New York International Fringe Festival), and Wings (Book, Music, Lyrics). We cover it all, from early inspirations to current projects! Enjoy! 

Monday Jun 01, 2020

Neil Berg (IG:neilberg.com) is the composer/co-lyricist of award-winning new rock musical THE 12, written with Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan, which premiered at the Denver Center. His other shows include the new Broadway-bound musical Grumpy Old Men, which opened to rave reviews for its U.S. Premiere at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, the hit Off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper, Tim and Scrooge, which ran at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in NY, and The Man Who Would Be King. Neil is the creator/co-producer of the #1 Broadway touring concert in America, Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, as well as Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll and Neil Berg's Pianomen. He is the co-producer of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award-Winning revival of Closer Than Ever.

Monday Nov 11, 2019

Singer, songwriter, and actress from stage to screen, Diana DeGarmo (IG:@dianadyoung) has conquered it all and then some. This Southern belle always cooks up something special in blending together her country roots and love for fun and the dramatics. Her newest big band country feast for the ears, GEMINI, will have your toes tappin’, hearts racin’, and eyes wellin’ with 16 new tunes written by Diana and longtime pal, Dylan Glatthorn. Diana’s powerhouse vocals shot her to fame on American Idol and opened doors to her numerous Broadway shows, National & International Tours, a recurring role on The Young & The Restless, and much more. Diana has decades of entertainment experience that make her a force to be reckoned with no matter where she performs. Her newest musical creation GEMINI will be released the Spring of ‘19. Don’t let her sweetness fool you, she is power packed with lots of spice. We have a fantastic conversation on staying true to you and so much more! Enjoy!!

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