The Mapmaker’s Opera Selected for Goodspeed/Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony

Goodspeed_Opera_HouseWe are delighted to announce to all MMO aficionados that our project has been selected for the inaugural Goodspeed Opera / Johnny Mercer Foundation Writer’s Colony in January/Feburary 2013.

Coming on the back of our current residency at CAP21 in New York, this additional recognition for the work completed on our musical stage adaptation of The Mapmaker’s Opera is indeed heartening.

Victor and I are privileged to be in residence with a select number of other outstanding writers whose recognition in the industry include such honors as the Tony Award, Emmy Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Lorenz Hart Award, Kleban Award, ASCAP’s Harold Arlen Award, Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Fellowship, ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award, ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics and The National Art Song Award, as well as special grants from the NEA.

I wonder what it would be like if Australia had the same type of award recognition system for musical theatre writers?  Perhaps it would assist aspiring writers to be given a level of credibility and currency when they, inevitably, headed to New York to pitch/promote their project to potential producers and directors for further development?  Interesting thought really!

The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing.  For four weeks, starting January 21, 2013 the writers will be immersed in this stimulating environment with the singular purpose of allowing sustained writing time, mentored by numerous industry luminaries led by Jonathan Brielle, Writer/Producer in Residence and Vice President of the Johnny Mercer Foundation; Bob Alwine, Associate Producer and Donna Lynn Cooper Hilton, Line Producer for Goodspeed Musicals.  Award-winning director Michael Bush will serve as Dramaturge/Mentor throughout the residency.

Wish us luck.

More from Goodspeed when we get there!

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One Response to The Mapmaker’s Opera Selected for Goodspeed/Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony

  1. Diana Lipkus January 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Congratulations Kevin Purcell and Victor Kazan on this second honor that underlines how the quality of your work is already catching major attention. Your music is complex and creatively different, yet with passages that evoke memories of past Broadway treats to old time Mexican Yucateca. Your work is exciting in that it is both familiar and yet uniquely new; these elements simultaneously skillfully woven like threads of henequen into a rope of rare strength and beauty. Your two prestigious honors bode well to accelerate your trajectory to the BIG STAGE with a lengthy run. I repeat, Congratulations!